With prompt and appropriate treatment, albuterol toxicity is rarely fatal, although pets with heart conditions and pets on medications that interact poorly with albuterol are at higher risk for serious complications.
Can I give my dog an albuterol breathing treatment?
There are two main types of medications that can be prescribed as inhalers for dogs: corticosteroids (such as Fluticasone) and bronchodilators (such as Albuterol).
What do I do if my dog ate albuterol?
If you see your pet bite into or ingest an inhaler, or if your pet is experiencing symptoms of albuterol toxicity, take him to your nearest emergency clinic for immediate care. Bring the inhaler, and if available, the original packaging as well as any medications that your pet is currently taking.
How much albuterol can I give my dog?
Extrapolating from the nebulization dose in dogs,6 an appropriate dose of albuterol for a 60-lb (27.2-kg) dog is 2.5 mg (equivalent to 91.9 µg/kg) four times a day. According to Glaxo- SmithKline, a full Ventolin HFA 90-µg metered dose inhaler weighing 18 g contains 28.8 mg of albuterol sulfate.
How long will albuterol last?
Most albuterol inhalers expire 1 year after being issued. Evidence suggests that an inhaler retains most of its potency for at least 1 year after the printed expiration date.
What are albuterol treatments for?
Albuterol is used to prevent and treat difficulty breathing, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness caused by lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways).
What is the antidote for albuterol?
Propranolol treatment of albuterol poisoning in two asthmatic patients.
What are side effects of albuterol?
Side effects of albuterol include nervousness or shakiness, headache, throat or nasal irritation, and muscle aches. More-serious — though less common — side effects include a rapid heart rate (tachycardia) or feelings of fluttering or a pounding heart (palpitations).
Do vets give dogs Albuterol?
Albuterol is used as a bronchodilator in veterinary practice (for cats, dogs, and horses). However, consumption can be toxic if dosed inappropriately. It is important to monitor your pet for adverse effects and/or signs of toxicity while treating them with this medication.
What can I give my dog for breathing problems?
Dogs with severe difficulty breathing difficulties may require supplemental oxygen, which will involve a stay at a veterinary hospital. Medication to help your dog breathe (e.g., bronchodilators, steroidal anti-inflammatories) may be given. Heart medications may be needed if your dog has a heart condition.
What happens if a dog bites an inhaler?
When asthma inhalers are chewed on and punctured by dogs, it can result in severe, acute poisoning. Because inhalers contain many doses (often 200 doses in one small vial), dogs that chew into them are exposed to massive amounts of the drug all at once.