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2 nights ago my dog found a packet of ibuprofen while I was

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2 nights ago my dog found a packet of ibuprofen while I was out. I came back and the packet was destroyed but I don't think she ate any.... Would she be experiencing symptoms by now???

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At 25-125 mg/kg you may see symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, anorexia. You are correct that at this point you should have seen gi upset if this dosage was ingested but if you wanted to be absolutely sure then doing some basic bloodwork to evaluate kidney and liver values would be advised. If there was no gi upset but the dose was high enough to cause kidney changes it may be 2-5 days before symptoms are seen.

Granted in these cases the gi upset often is the first symptom but for piece of mind and those rare instances of an iron stomach I would consider running the blood tests just to confirm you are out of the woods. But with 48 hours passing now and no changes you should be safe from having toxic effects.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
hi thank you! She had a funny tummy in the night just now but that could be to do with giving her some cottage cheese (a small spoonful and a treat) and some mackerel skin today.) she also is on loxicom for a cough.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
There was no blood and she doesn't seem unwell at all, still has wagging tail etc

I would definitely hold off the loxicam for a few days as this is in the same family of the ibuprofen and in combination can definitely cause gi upset. Hopefully the gi upset will subside within 24 hours and you can reinstitute the loxicam but I would hold off as a precaution for now.

The hope is that we can avoid a decline because they can start out feeling fine but as the ibuprofen caused further damage is when we see the lethargy, reduced appetite, changes in water intake and being proactive to ensure there are no changes before these symptoms would be my goal

For a few days:

- White rice and lean boiled meat such chicken in small more frequent meals
- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.5 mg/ kg every 12 hours to help settle her stomach. If you have omeprazole that is also an option for settling the stomach at 1 mg/kg daily

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok thank you, I'm now so worried. I'll do what you suggest about the food for sure and hold the medicine. Is there anything else I should keep a keen eye out for? Is her still very good appetite a good sign? I think I'll go to the vets tomorrow anyway..... ��

I definitely would just make sure, I highly suspect that the combination of the ibuprofen, the loxicam, the change in diet likely caused the gi upset and there is little to be concerned about but really the piece of mind is worthwhile to have your vet run basic bloodwork.

The interest in food is a great sign and we are just taking added precautions today with the vomiting

Symptoms besides vomiting, diarrhea, reduced appetite include lethargy, pale gums, increased water intake/ urination

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Oh sorry she didn't vomit, just had some diarrhoea about an hour ago.... Sorry I should have been more specific. Does that change your answer?

It's actually better it was loose stool versus vomiting but my responses are for generalized gi upset so they would be the same recommendations

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you so much. Appreciate your quick and helpful answers! I'll be getting her to the vet in the morning. She's only 7 months old. I feel awful.

You are very welcome and wishing you both the best in a speedy recovery. Believe me you are not the first to have this happen with a puppy and it sounds like she is in good hands!

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