This morning I discovered our vitamin D bottle was missing. There were maybe 340 2000 IU gel tablets in the bottle Thursday morning. Eventually we found the cap at the opposite end of the house. Vitamin D toxicity is a serious fright. Dogs : Vitamin D poisoning (cholecalciferol) | Vetstream
Took Jack the 15 year old Lab and Buddy the 4 year old Lab to the vet about 10:30 am. Neither showed signs of distress or illness. Vet called Animal Poison Control. Symptoms of vitamin toxicity usually do not present for 36-48 hours after the fact. We caught it maybe after 26 hours. Animal Poison Control suggested using Cholestyramine. No studies on the drug for instances like this but was used for treating a couple who ingested large quantities of a vitamin in toxic dosages from a mismarked container. Victims went to different doctors after presenting symptoms of vitamin toxicity. One doctor Rxd Cholestyramine and the symptoms subsided within three days. The other doctor treated the symptoms differently and they persisted for about a month. They also said Vitamin D is used in rat poisons.
Vet started with blood samples. Blood work was normal this morning. Both dogs started active charcoal treatment as well as receiving Cholestyramine every 6 hours. Vet and I agree Buddy probably did not share but until Saturday morning's blood draw we are being cautious. Both dogs are being treated.
Picked up the kids from the vet tonight at 6p. So far since the start of treatment Buddy has vomited three times which could be caused by the charcoal and Cholestyramine (nausea id listed as a side affect), or it could be the the start of symptoms of vitamin toxicity. Since being back at home he has gotten progressively quieter. Buddy has whined very softly a few times but is now sleeping. I think we are starting to see symptoms of toxicity. Jack seems to be fine. No side affects or changes in energy level or interest. We go back to the vet Saturday morning at 8a Eastern time.
We think we caught it it soon enough but this will be a close race. Please pray for Buddy to get healthy again.
Prayers for you Buddy.
Maxx & Emma Jean
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Very good thoughts for Buddy. I hope that the treatment works quickly. Thank heavens that you discovered this in time. Please keep us posted.
Good thoughts to you and all your gang!
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Prayers for Buddy!
Good thoughts & prayers for Buddy.
Continued good thoughts for Buddy.
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Prayer sent. Keep the faith....Does vitamin D have a flavor? I wonder if he just munched it without tasting like labbys do? Did you see any scattered around anywhere?
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OMG so very very scary. Sending my prayers for Buddy,Jack and you. Hope all will be ok with Buddy. Keep us posted.