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Looking for someone who has been in a similar situation as us and had a positive ending....

Our 2 year old Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler got into a bottle of ibuprofen last Wednesday morning while she was in the house by herself. It is unknown how many she ate. Initially we did not know what she had gotten into when she puked for the first time Thursday morning. This was not atypical for her to throw up in the morning as sometimes she eats grass and upsets her stomach so we did not think much about it. Thursday I came home for lunch and she puked again while I was home but still did not think much into it as she was still acting normal. When I came home from work thursday she had puked a couple times while i was gone and so i looked around trying to find what she had gotten into. That was when i discovered the empty ibuprofen bottle lodged under the couch (1.5 days from eating the pills). I immediately took her to the vet. She was still acting somewhat normal at this point, color in gums & ears, still very much alert, eating fine. The vet got her on an IV and medication (I'm not sure specifics) and ran a blood test. Again I don't remember specifics but he said most numbers were in line with where they should be with a couple being "slightly elevated". We went home and looked everywhere to see if we could find any more pills anywhere to hopefully see if she was just hiding them. We ended up finding 11 in our roomba vacuum and were able to see that Wednesday morning was when it last ran. Big relief but still not knowing how many were originally in there.

By Friday evening (2.5 days from eating pills) she was still eating normally, no vomiting, alert and active. Vet was optimistic that if she was still fine in the morning (3 days from eating) he would conclude that she did not ingest a toxic amount. Unfortunately, Saturday morning came and she didn't eat as she normally would and her stool was loose. Saturday night (3.5 days from ingestion) he ran another blood test. Her BUN levels were 75 which was a significant spike from Thursday night. His outlook started to become gloomy. Sunday (4 days from ingestion) there was no change, not eating much, loose still with some blood, but still for the most part alert and active.

It is now Monday morning (5 days from ingestion) and there is still no change. She remains on medication and IV and is still alert and active. Appetite remains pretty hit and miss.

So I am looking to see if anyone else has had this similar situation happen where your dog ate ibuprofen and it was not caught right away. I am not oblivious to the fact that the odds are not in her favor but what is the timeline at this point? Is there a certain day marker where her outlook starts to get brighter or are we just prolonging the inevitable at this point? Our vet likes that she is young, fit, and alert & active but he is still very concerned about the kidneys.

Any input is appreciated!
 

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Looking for someone who has been in a similar situation as us and had a positive ending....

Our 2 year old Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler got into a bottle of ibuprofen last Wednesday morning while she was in the house by herself. It is unknown how many she ate. Initially we did not know what she had gotten into when she puked for the first time Thursday morning. This was not atypical for her to throw up in the morning as sometimes she eats grass and upsets her stomach so we did not think much about it. Thursday I came home for lunch and she puked again while I was home but still did not think much into it as she was still acting normal. When I came home from work thursday she had puked a couple times while i was gone and so i looked around trying to find what she had gotten into. That was when i discovered the empty ibuprofen bottle lodged under the couch (1.5 days from eating the pills). I immediately took her to the vet. She was still acting somewhat normal at this point, color in gums & ears, still very much alert, eating fine. The vet got her on an IV and medication (I'm not sure specifics) and ran a blood test. Again I don't remember specifics but he said most numbers were in line with where they should be with a couple being "slightly elevated". We went home and looked everywhere to see if we could find any more pills anywhere to hopefully see if she was just hiding them. We ended up finding 11 in our roomba vacuum and were able to see that Wednesday morning was when it last ran. Big relief but still not knowing how many were originally in there.

By Friday evening (2.5 days from eating pills) she was still eating normally, no vomiting, alert and active. Vet was optimistic that if she was still fine in the morning (3 days from eating) he would conclude that she did not ingest a toxic amount. Unfortunately, Saturday morning came and she didn't eat as she normally would and her stool was loose. Saturday night (3.5 days from ingestion) he ran another blood test. Her BUN levels were 75 which was a significant spike from Thursday night. His outlook started to become gloomy. Sunday (4 days from ingestion) there was no change, not eating much, loose still with some blood, but still for the most part alert and active.

It is now Monday morning (5 days from ingestion) and there is still no change. She remains on medication and IV and is still alert and active. Appetite remains pretty hit and miss.

So I am looking to see if anyone else has had this similar situation happen where your dog ate ibuprofen and it was not caught right away. I am not oblivious to the fact that the odds are not in her favor but what is the timeline at this point? Is there a certain day marker where her outlook starts to get brighter or are we just prolonging the inevitable at this point? Our vet likes that she is young, fit, and alert & active but he is still very concerned about the kidneys.

Any input is appreciated!
UPDATE: Yesterday (Sunday) we went and visited her and she was happy to see us, She wasn't 100% normal as expected but still fairly active. We just now went and visited her again (Monday) and she looks and acts much better today even though she is now wearing a cone on her head which she really does not enjoy. Vet said she ate much better today.

Scared to get my hopes too high but I am hoping that she is maybe beginning to turn the corner
 

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I'm sorry you're going through this. I can't say I've had a similar experience so can't provide much comfort, but the best you can do is continue to work closely with your vet. It's good that she is acting more like herself, though.
 

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I'm sorry you're going through this. I can't say I've had a similar experience so can't provide much comfort, but the best you can do is continue to work closely with your vet. It's good that she is acting more like herself, though.
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UPDATE: Yesterday (Sunday) we went and visited her and she was happy to see us, She wasn't 100% normal as expected but still fairly active. We just now went and visited her again (Monday) and she looks and acts much better today even though she is now wearing a cone on her head which she really does not enjoy. Vet said she ate much better today.

Scared to get my hopes too high but I am hoping that she is maybe beginning to turn the corner
Tuesday Update: We are now 6 days out from ingestion. The vet called with great news that she continued eating well last night and again this morning! He said she is acting like her normal bubbly self and is beginning to think we might be on the home stretch. He is going to run blood tests this afternoon and if the results seem to be trending in the right direction he is going to wean her off fluids overnight and hopefully send her home tomorrow! He did say that she has not passed a bowel movement since Sunday so he is hoping to see one today and hopes that it is more formed than it was before.

Fingers crossed that the next update is positive blood work results!
 

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I'm glad to hear things are going well and hope she recovers fully.

I've never had ibuprofen poisoning in a dog, but I had a cat who had onion poisoning which is very similar to ibuprofen poisoning. He had a blood infusion (thanks Popeye!) and came home much improved. It wasn't much more than a month later that he became sick again and had to be put down. He didn't ingest more onion or anything, it just appeared that the treatment provided a temporary relief only.

So, I really recommend you keep a very close watch on him for at least severaal months. If you see anything off, get him back to the vet immediately.
 
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