Many people take antidepressants to treat mood disorders. The result is that these medications, including Citalopram, are found in many homes that have pets. And dogs, being the curious spirits they are, may sometimes eat medication dropped on the floor or even gain access to the medication by chewing up the bottle! But what happens if a dog eats Citalopram?
Has your dog eaten Citalopram? Are you worried the Citalopram 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 some information about Citalopram and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Citalopram?
Citalopram is an antidepressant that also goes is called Celexa (the brand name). The medication is used to treat depression and is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. The medication works to balanced serotonin in the brain.
While Citalopram is safe for humans (when used as directed), what about dogs? Can Citalopram make a dog sick?
Citalopram & Dogs
Citalopram is sometimes prescribed for dogs, but there’s a high chance of this medication being toxic to dogs. The drug works to increase serotonin levels in the brain, which can lead to a condition called serotonin syndrome.
It all depends on the amount of medication your dog may have eaten in regards to his size and weight.
Symptoms of Citalopram Toxicity in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten Citalopram:
- Excessive drooling
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle twitching
- Increased flatulence
- Aggressive behavior
- Increased heart rate
- Convulsions & uncontrolled shaking
- Sleep problems
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Let the vet know about what time your dog may have eaten the medication and the dose (number of pills) your dog ingested.
Treatment of Citalopram Toxicity in Dogs
The vet will work to decontaminate your dog’s body of the medication. They may do this by inducing vomiting and/or the use of activated charcoal. Your fur baby will probably require an IV for fluids and to administer other medications. The vet will treat other symptoms as they appear.
The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt medical treatment. Ingesting Citalopram doesn’t mean your dog will die; however, he needs medical treatment right away.
To avoid this problem in the future, be sure to pick up all medications that are dropped on the floor. And keep all medications out of your dog’s reach. Prevention is always the best medicine!