My Dog Ate Zocor What Should I Do?
Do you or anyone in your family take cholesterol-lowering drugs? These have been popular medications in recent years. With the increase in popularity also comes the problem of dogs gaining access to these medicines. This can include Zocor or other cholesterol-lowering medicines.
Has your dog eaten Zocor? Are you worried the Zocor will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary if your dog eats something he shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ll take a look at Zocor and whether or not this medication can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Zocor?
Zocor, also called simvastatin, is a cholesterol-lowering medication. It works to decrease bad cholesterol such as LDL and triglycerides while increasing good cholesterol (HDL) in a person’s blood. This medicine is classified as a statin (cholesterol-lowering medication).
Zocor (and other statins) help a person whose body has too much cholesterol. This can affect the liver and the heart. Lowering the amount of bad cholesterol can prevent heart disease, strokes, and liver issues. Statins may be prescribed along with a special diet (such as a low-fat diet) and exercise to help control cholesterol. Losing weight may also help to keep cholesterol at healthier levels.
Thankfully, Zocor and other statins are not considered extremely dangerous to dogs. However, they can cause some unpleasant side effects in dogs.
Symptoms of Zocor Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten Zocor:
- Severe gas
These symptoms are usually mild; however, if the symptoms are concerning or last longer than 24 hours, then it’s best to call the vet. The issue is that your dog could become dehydrated from constant diarrhea and vomiting.
One more note—if you notice any other concerning symptoms in your dog, then call the vet immediately. It is rare for a dog to show other symptoms, but it can happen. Don’t wait to see if your dog’s symptoms will become worse or improve.
Treatment of Zocor Ingestion in Dogs
Treatment will depend on the severity of your dog’s symptoms and how long he’s endured vomiting and diarrhea. The vet may rehydrate your dog with IV fluids and then give him medication to stop diarrhea, gas, and vomiting.
And if your dog is showing any other symptoms, the vet will treat these as they arise.
In most cases, your dog should make a complete recovery after eating Zocor!