Mondo, a 2-year old Pug, got into a packet of Nurofen after his owners inadvertently knocked it onto the floor. When they returned home, the packet had been chewed up and 4 tablets were missing. Over that evening, Mondo had multiple vomits and was off his food.
Nurofen contains an anti-inflammatory known as ibuprofen. Whilst ibuprofen is used safely in humans, even single doses in dogs can cause stomach ulcers and kidney damage.
As Mondo potentially had a large dose of ibuprofen and was unwell, he required an immediate assessment by a veterinarian. He was treated with some medications to stop his vomiting and prevent stomach ulcers, and some intravenous fluids to help reduce the risk of kidney damage.
Fortunately, with treatment Mondo’s symptoms rapidly improved. His kidney function remained normal and he was able to go home the following day. The Nurofen was kept up on a high shelf forever after.