My Dog Ate A Pill What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Kim •  Updated: 08/14/22 •  3 min read
Dog Severe Toxicity Level
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Dog Ate A Pill

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When you have chronic health issues, doctors usually prescribe medications to treat these conditions. Even the most healthy people usually keep some OTC medications on hand.

And it can happen that when you’re taking a pill, one may drop to the floor. Then your fur baby pounces on it and eats it before you can tell him to “Drop it!” And some curious dogs have even been known to chew up a pill bottle they found sitting on the counter. But what happens when a dog eats a pill?

Has your dog eaten a pill? Are you worried the pill will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

We’ve put together some information about pills and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is a Pill?

Pills are small tablets and come in a wide range of shapes, including oval, round, square, and more. They usually contain some medication and fillers. In addition, some people also call capsules “pills.” Capsules are similar to tablets, but they are made with an outer shell with the medication inside the shell.

All types of medications are given via pills, including both OTC and prescription medicines. The pills may come in plastic or glass bottles, as well as in blister packs contained in a box.

While pills are safe for most humans (when taken and used as directed), what happens if a dog eats a pill meant for humans? What happens if a dog eats his own medication?

Pills & Dogs

Unfortunately, some pills are toxic to dogs. The problem is that dogs and humans metabolize medications differently. What’s safe for us is not safe for our fur babies. And the level of toxicity depends on the type of medication, how much your dog has eaten, his size, weight, and age.

If your dog has eaten his own pills, there could still be a problem. The issue is how many pills he’s eaten. A dog that’s eaten more than one pill could accidentally overdose, which could lead to serious health issues.

What to Do If Your Dog Eats a Pill

If your dog has eaten human medication and has eaten a higher dose of his own medication, call the vet immediately. This could be an emergency.

Let the vet know what time (approximately) your canine companion ate the medication. Tell the vet the name and dose of the medication, even if it is a human OTC pill. All of this information can help the vet decide on the best treatment for your dog.

The good news is that dogs who receive prompt medical treatment have the best chance of making a full recovery!

So, be sure to keep all medication out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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