What do I do if my dog ate my anxiety medication?

Answered by Michael Wilson

If your dog has ingested your anxiety medication, it is important to take immediate action to ensure their safety. Here are some steps you can take:

1. Stay calm: It can be alarming to discover that your dog has eaten your anxiety medication, but it’s important to stay calm and act quickly.

2. Assess the situation: Try to determine how much medication your dog has ingested and the specific type of medication. This information will be helpful when seeking guidance from a professional.

3. Contact a professional: Call your local emergency veterinarian or a pet poison center such as the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661. They are available 24/7 and can provide guidance based on the specific medication and dosage your dog ingested.

4. Follow their instructions: The professional you speak with will provide you with instructions tailored to your dog’s situation. They may advise you to induce vomiting or give activated charcoal to help minimize the absorption of the medication.

5. Do not induce vomiting without professional guidance: Inducing vomiting can be helpful in some cases, but it should only be done under the guidance of a veterinarian or a poison control center. Certain medications can cause more harm if they are vomited back up.

6. Provide necessary information: When contacting a professional, be prepared to provide information about your dog’s breed, weight, age, and any pre-existing medical conditions. This information will help them assess the potential risks and determine the best course of action.

7. Monitor your dog: Keep a close eye on your dog for any changes in behavior or symptoms. If you notice any severe signs such as seizures, difficulty breathing, or loss of consciousness, seek immediate veterinary care.

8. Prevent future incidents: Take steps to prevent your dog from accessing medications or other potentially harmful substances. Store medications in secure cabinets or containers that your dog cannot open. It’s also a good idea to keep the contact information for your local emergency veterinarian and a pet poison control center easily accessible.

Remember, this information is general guidance, and it is important to consult with a professional for specific advice based on your dog’s situation. Every case is unique, and the appropriate course of action may vary.