My Dog Ate ADHD Meds What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Kyoko •  Updated: 03/12/23 •  3 min read
Dog Severe Toxicity Level
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Dog Ate ADHD Meds

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Dogs are sometimes curious about what their pet parents are “eating.” But what the dogs don’t know is that their pet parents are taking medication, such as ADHD meds. When dogs think they’re missing out on a yummy, they may decide to help themselves! But what happens if a dog eats ADHD meds?

Has your dog eaten ADHD meds? Are you worried the ADHD meds 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.

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

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

What are ADHD Meds?

ADHD meds are taken by someone who has been diagnosed with a condition called ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). This condition is caused by brain differences in people who have ADHD. For example, people with this condition are more easily distracted than other people. They also find it more challenging to focus, listen well, wait, or take their time.

ADHD meds help with these and other symptoms, so patients with this condition have better focus, listen better, and more. The medications work to help normal brain chemicals to work better. ADHD medicines target two brain chemicals, dopamine, and norepinephrine.

While ADHD meds are considered safe for humans (when used as directed), what happens if a dog eats these medications?

ADHD Meds & Dogs

Unfortunately, ADHD meds are highly toxic to dogs and can make a dog very sick. These medications can also cause death if a dog is not treated quickly.

Symptoms of ADHD Meds Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten ADHD meds:

If you notice these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.

Treatment of ADHD Meds Ingestion in Dogs

The vet may induce vomiting and use activated charcoal to remove the ADHD meds from your dog’s system. They may also need to administer tranquilizers to manage changes to your dog’s central nervous system. And the vet may also need to treat your dog for high blood pressure and a high heart rate, symptoms that can be caused by ADHD meds.

In addition, the vet may need to give your dog medications to prevent convulsions and seizures.

Your fur baby may also need an IV with fluids and to administer medications. In some cases, your dog may need to be hospitalized for a few days until he’s in stable condition.

The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt medical treatment after eating ADHD meds. In the future, it’s best to keep all medications out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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