The day I almost killed my dog

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My day started out just like most; I was tired and groggy, feeding the dogs and letting them outside with my eyes half closed…

Those of you who know me know that Bailey is my favorite pet. He is the light of my life. Ridiculous? Yes, but I don’t care. I adore him.

Right now, Bailey is taking Clavamox, which is an antibiotic the Dr. prescribed to help him with his gingivitis. Yes, dogs can get gingivitis. Also, right now, I am taking Wellbutrin, which is a smoking cessation aid.

Maybe you can see where this is going…

So, I have my medicine on the counter next to my tea (I recently quit drinking soda. Yes, I gave up my beloved Coke Zero.) and I have Bailey’s medicine on the counter next to a mozzarella stick – I always put his meds into the cheese to hide it. Bailey loves mozzarella cheese! Actually, all of our animals love cheese of any sort. I don’t know if that is normal or not, but it’s quite funny to see them begging when we are eating a Polly-O!

So Bailey keeps spitting the medicine out, and I am getting frustrated. He usually takes it fairly easily. I decide to put the medicine in a teaspoon of his wet dog food (we only give him the wet dog food as a special treat every now and then). He eats it and goes about his business.

Then I turn back to the counter to take my medicine with my glass of tea. And my medicine isn’t there. And I FREAK OUT. Because what is there is the little pill I THOUGHT I had just given Bailey.

Yup. I gave him my medicine.

I immediately begin to Google the effects of Bupropion on dogs. Guess what? It’s TOXIC to dogs. It could cause him to go into a coma. Bailey is a small dog, he is a Sheltie. He is about 13 inches high and weighs 13 pounds. I know this could probably kill him. I stick my finger down his throat to try and make him throw up. Nothing. I Google “How to make your dog vomit” and find an article on ehow explaining to give your dog hydrogen peroxide. So I run to the bathroom and thank the heavens, we actually have peroxide in the medicine cabinet. I’m there, pouring hydrogen peroxide down this throat and my daughter is watching, terrified.

Within a few seconds, he started to gag and ended up walking around the house, alternately vomiting and frothing at the mouth. Poor baby.

Now he is extremely wary of coming near me, doesn’t want to eat his food (where I hid the pill he was supposed to take) and the puppy is following him around, trying to lick his face.

This day did not start out well.

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