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Q. My 48lb English setter mix eat a half of my potassium pill Cl 20meq era potassium tablets What do I do??

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. The standard dose for potassium supplementation for an animal that is "hypokalemic" (has low potassium) is 0.5 to 1 mEq/Kilo of body weight. At 48 pounds, your dog is around 22kg so eating 10 mEq of potassium shouldn't be of a concern. I would monitor for excessive lethargy, which might indicate a very low heart rate which typically accompanies excessive potassium.


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