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My Dog Ate A Suboxone Pill....will He Be Ok?

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This opioid substance is licensed for use in dogs in the UK as an injection, under the name of Vetergesic. Vets use buprenorphine (also known as Suboxone) as an analgesic and/or as a sedative in cats and dogs in other countries as well, so your pet should be fine if he hasn’t taken too much of it.

Your dog’s safety now depends on how large he is, as the same dosage surely has different effects on a Yorkshire Terrier than on a Saint Bernard; the smaller the dog, the higher the risk of an overdose from one pill! Should your dog be a very small one, he’ll probably be sedated. Or worse. The recommended IV dose for animals is between 0.3 ml and 0.6 ml per 22 lbs. Suboxone pills usually come in either 2 or 8 mg dosages. You can do the math. Yet, given the fact buprenorphine was taken orally, and not injected, the effect will most likely be diminished.

However, reactions to this drug can vary from one animal to another: Your dog might have excessive salivation, his body temperature and blood pressure might fall, his pupils might shrink, and he might feel nauseous, irritated, dizzy, and sleepy for a while (hopefully, no more than 24 hours). If he cannot breathe, he might be having an allergic reaction (or experience overdose) and you need to seek immediate care. If your dog has had previous issues with his liver and/or lungs, or he is currently on some kind of medication, the risks are probably higher for him than they would be for a healthy dog, so you should get him to the vet as soon as possible. If your dog is very young (such as under two months of age) you should definitely get him to the vet fast.

Provided that your dog has eaten that pill in the last couple of hours, you could induce vomiting before you get him to the vet. If he ate it before, there’s really no point in forcing him to vomit.
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Jesus H!!! My dog ate less than 2mg and was so stoned I thought she would die.....I sat there crying and making a pact with god that I would forfeit *anything* if he just let her live....which of course she did, although you could tell she never liked it.....not one bit. To be honest, if it had been any more than 2MG I would have took her to a vet....regardless of the cost.
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I'm so sorry that I don't have an answer but can you please tell me if you ever got one or that your dog is ok because my dog did eat a suboxone today.
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Actually one of the ingredients in suboxone, (buprenorphine) is used and has been used for years in vet medicine. Although it is usually given in a gel like substance to rub inside a cats ears after surgery in about doses of .2mg. So if a cat ate a suboxone it would clearly overdose. A dog will prob feel as you feel when you get a killer buzz. Expect severe lethargy and whining (they are probably hella dizzy) if you are dealing with a very small dog and your still worried and don't necessarilly want the vet folks knowing suboxone is in your home :) as I wouldn't then tell them they got into some "buprenex" you had at home from a previous vet visit elsewhere.
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Our dog ate my whole bottle... He acted stoned for a bit, we made him throw up, he laid around for a day and was fine... He was pretty messed up tho!!!
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My dog just chewed up my cat's bottle of gel from her oral surgery. Thank god that 2 days worth was already gone. Know that other dogs ate human form for human weight and survived makes me feel so much better. I hope all your animals are okay.

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My baby girl at maybe 3mg suboxon! She has been whining all night and acting a little sluggish. She is a pitbull/Pointer mix about 3 yrs old 70lbs. I just pieced the puzzle together as to why she has been acting weird. So I am not sure when she may have eaten it. Anyone gone through this? Any suggestions? Will she be alright to ride it out. Im trying to avoid more of a headache telling the wife. She will not be a happy camper..

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My 70lb dog just did too about a half hour ago.  I'm still looking for an answer.  Please let me know if you find an answer!
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This is crazy that so many people said this! I think my dog ate a half of an 8mg sub that a friend dropped. Maybe the orange flavor entices them or something?? She's been whining all night, and that's all I can think it would be!

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