HELP! Will my dogs be okay or are they in danger?
June 25, 2008 7:06 PM   Subscribe

URGENT: House guest dropped klonopin (clonazepam) on the floor, possible reactions if found by our dogs?

It was a single pill, small dose (.25 mg?). Possible effects if taken by one of our dogs (50-60 lbs?)

Should we be worried?
posted by MasonDixon to Pets & Animals (11 answers total)
Call your vet?
posted by 6:1 at 7:11 PM on June 25, 2008

One pill at that dose? I would say you'd have an utterly chill dog for a little while but nothing life threatening. My dog is prescribed more than that strength in valium for her storm fears.
posted by CwgrlUp at 7:18 PM on June 25, 2008

Best answer: I think the worst case is a sleepy dog.

Conazepam is often prescribed to children, not to mention DOGS, so 50lb dog should be okay.
posted by rokusan at 7:20 PM on June 25, 2008

posted by rokusan at 7:21 PM on June 25, 2008

Best answer: For dogs: "The dose range for clonazepam has been reported as 0.05 to 0.25 mg per pound (0.1 to 0.5 mg/kg) orally every 8 hours."

I think it'll be fine if they snarf it, but call your vet to be sure.
posted by jedicus at 7:21 PM on June 25, 2008

My partner takes klonopin. We have two (smaller) dogs. Please do your best to find it. I would be scared that, if eaten, it would put one to sleep and it wouldn't wake up.

Having said that, I doubt if a klonopin tablet would look appetizing. It doesn't smell like a dog treat, after all. My best advice is, if you don't find it, watch you dogs for changes in behavior. If they seem unusually sleepy or groggy, go to the emergency vet.
posted by Robert Angelo at 7:21 PM on June 25, 2008

Best answer: It appears that clonazepam is sometimes prescribed to dogs for anxiety, so it is unlikely to have terrible side effects, although the site mentions it could cause excessive salivation or aggression. But .25 mg is a pretty small dose for a 50lb dog.
posted by phoenixy at 7:21 PM on June 25, 2008

don't worry yourself to death. that will probably upset the dogs more than anything.

if a dog already got the pill, the best you can do is just wait, and respond as best you can if/when symptoms arise.

i really doubt you have anything to worry about. good luck!
posted by CitizenD at 7:59 PM on June 25, 2008

0.25mg? All that might happen is your dog will have a good time chillin' for a couple hours.
posted by Justinian at 9:09 PM on June 25, 2008

I have two 50 - 60 pound dogs. One of them ate three Lexapro once and was completely fine. One Klonopin is unlikely to do anything whatsoever to your dog.
posted by mygothlaundry at 7:20 AM on June 26, 2008

Best answer: Benzodiazepines like clonazepam are considered to be difficult to overdose on, at least in humans. Given the relatively small dosage and relatively large size of your dogs, I would not be worried.
posted by monocyte at 10:51 AM on June 26, 2008

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