Sometimes, pet owners can be a little sloppy.
Whether it’s due to the fact that we’ve been up all night due to a Non-stop crying infant, or because we’ve missed our daily morning double-shot oat milk iced mochaccino, our innocent canine pals are often the unfortunate recipients of our unintentional mishaps.
There are some very serious consequences to mishaps, such as giving a double dose Heartgard or Apoquel.
Or, in the current case: Giving your dog the wrong amount of NexGard.
If you’ve recently panickily exclaimed, “I gave my dog the wrong dose of NexGard!”After coming to your senses, you can rest assured that your trepidation will pass.
However, you’ll also be glad to learn that it’s also (Nearly) totally unnecessary to be worried!
That’s because NexGard has a very large margin of safety when it comes to canines, so it would require an extreme dose indeed for any serious ill effects to take place.
You may notice some mild symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea in your dog. These are usually self-limiting and will resolve within a few days.
Rare cases of seizures and tremors in canines with a history of neurological problems may make them more susceptible. If your dog is experiencing these symptoms, it’s best to immediately take it to the vet.
I Accidentally Gave My Dog Two Doses Of NexGard… Do I Need To Be Concerned?
You can accidentally give your dog two, three or even more dogs. FiveDoses of NexGard are unlikely to cause adverse reactions in your dog (subject to an exception discussed later in this section).
The primary ingredient of NexGard is not structurally toxic to a dog’s body and organs, so will therefore pose very minimal risks of inflicting any internal damage.
It was actually shown in a clinical trial that most dogs tested were fine even after being given. 5x the recommended dosageNexGard six times in a span of two to four week!
A few dogs experienced mild side effects like vomiting and diarrhea. There were no significant effects on body weight, clinical or gross pathology, organ mass, or histopathology.
A large-scale study in the United States that included over 600 dogs treated over a 90 day period showed that NexGard treatments had minimal adverse effects.
Again, the incidence rate for most side effects, including vomiting, diarrhea, dry, flaky skin, was less than 4.1%. Even so, symptoms usually resolve within a short time.
Some side effects that NexGard administration may also have are:
- Reddening of the skin and rashes
- Allergies like hives and swelling are known as allergic reactions.
- Muscle spasms
- Bloody stools
There are no known contraindications to the medication. However, the safety of its use in pregnant or lactating animals has not been officially established.
It is clear that NexGard has been proven to be a very safe drug. Most Dogs
The most dangerous part about medicine is, in most cases of course, the packaging. Especially if it is chewed and swallowed.
However, like with most things there is a caveat: If you noticed the usage of ‘most’ two sentences back- First, good spotting.
Secondly, it’s because afoxolaner NexGard (the correct scientific name) has been linked to neurological reactions due to being a member the isooxazoline group.
These side effects can cause ataxia (an affliction of the brain).Discoordination, walking as if drunk), muscle tremors, and especially seizures.
If your dog has had seizures in the past or is predisposed to having seizures again, you should be concerned.
Two dogs with a history or seizures experienced them within a period of 1 to 19 days following NexGard administration. A third dog, who also had a history, experienced no seizures.
Can A Dog Overdose On NexGard?
To be honest, there’s probably not a whole lot that you will actually need to do.
NexGard overdose is possible Technically possible, it’s still a very unlikely outcome.
As we’ve just explored above, the margin for safety of NexGard usage in canines is extremely high- so much so that even a 5x recommended dosage amount did not result in any significant adverse effects.
If you accidentally give your dog two ((or three, if you’re lucky) NexGard tablets instead of one, there’s really no need to fret as chances are it won’t affect your pup in any way!
It could lead to mild vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours. We now have to ask the next question:
What should I do if my dog was given the wrong amount of NexGard?
If you give your dog NexGard in an inappropriate or excessive amount, there are a few things you can do.
The first thing that you’ll want to do is to observe over the next 24 hours whether your dog does start to experience any of the aforementioned signs of nausea and vomiting such as repeated attempts to swallow, excessive drooling, or lip licking.
If your dog is suffering from these symptoms, you may want to give it an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to make it feel better.
Pepcid AC is one example.famotidine) can be given at a dosage of 0.25-0.5 milligrams per pound of body weight every 12 hours, while Prilosec (omeprazole) can be provided at a dosage of 0.25-0.5 milligrams per pound of body weight every 24 hours.
It might also be helpful to give your friend a bland diet consisting of rice and boiled chicken for the next few days.
This will help to keep the burden on the pup’s digestive system light so that it can recover as quickly as possible.
If a pet is suffering from vomiting, a worried owner might instinctively try to induce vomiting as soon as possible.
This is a good idea in situations where the drug being swallowed could otherwise have dire consequences, such as with medicines like Rimadyl and Gabapentin.
If NexGard is the medication being used, induced vomiting should not be attempted.
This is due to the fact that since there is only a very tiny risk on balance of NexGard causing harmful effects, it is often better to just let the drug run its course inside the dog’s body rather than bring it back up.
Can I Give NexGard Early
On an aside, there’s really no need to give NexGard to your dog early.
According to VCA Hospitals, NexGard lasts for anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks inside a canine’s body once it has been administered.
Doses are usually given monthly on a single day to ensure that each dose is effective for at least 30 consecutive days.
If you’ve at some point missed a dose for your pup- don’t worry!Start a new monthly dosing plan as soon as you remember.
Your dog will be fine. However, it is important to not give it more than one dose at once to compensate.
Can I cut NexGard in half for my dog?
Maybe you got quite the scare from giving your dog the wrong dose of NexGard last time, so this time ‘round you’ve got your thinking cap on and are pondering, “Can NexGard be split in half?”
NexGard chewable tablets should not be divided in half, so the answer is no.
Because each NexGard dose contains all the medication necessary to be effective,
Finding the Right Dosage Size
Before you purchase NexGard chews, ensure that your dog is properly weighed.
NexGard can be used to treat dogs as small as 120 pounds.
You will need multiple doses if your dog is more than 120 lbs. If your dog is 150 pounds or more, you can give them one dose if they are 120 pounds and one dose if they are 30 years old.
A vet should be consulted if your pup is less than four pounds or less than eight weeks old before administering treatment. Dogs this small will likely need a different treatment to kill and prevent adult fleas and ticks.
Here’s the NexGard dosing schedule, courtesy Drugs.com
|Body Weight||Afoxolaner per Chewable (mg).||Chewables Administered|
|4.0 to 10.0 lbs||11.3||One|
|10.1 to 24.0 pounds||28.3||One|
|24.1 to 60.0 Pounds||68||One|
|60.1 to 121.0 Pounds||136||One|
|More than 121.0 lbs.||Use the right combination of chewables|
NexGard comes as a range of doses for large and small dogs, as shown in the table.
Always make sure that you purchase the proper size NexGard tablet for your dog’s weight.
If you’ve accidentally purchased the wrong size, it can be tempting to try and work with what you already have. Many pet owners will assume that you can cut smaller tablets in half for pets who need lower doses.
You will need to determine the right size for your dog if the medication is to be effective.
That’s due to the fact that the medicinal ingredients aren’t spread evenly throughout these tablets!
If you cut a NexGard tablet in half, your dog might end up receiving more or less of the medication.
To reiterate: In order to receive the proper, effective dosage, it’s imperative that a pup eat the Complete A chewable that is suitable for its size. Doing otherwise can mean that your best friend isn’t properly protected against fleas and ticks!
Can I cut Nexgard in half to allow for easier chewing?
You can cut the NexGard tablet in half if your dog has any dental issues such as gingivitis, cavities, or is too small.
If you do choose to make them eat both, it is important that they do!
It’s a common occurrence for a dog to take one half, realize they don’t like how it tastes, and then reject the second piece completely.
This will effectively render Nexgard tablets inoperable. Be careful!
If you do have to separate the NexGard pill, it may be easier to mix it in with your pooch’s food so that they gobble up the whole thing without even noticing!
Can I Crush NexGard?
Yes you can. But probably don’t let your pup do the honors!
Yes, NexGard chews are possible to crush for your dog. The tablets are not coated with any enteric substances, so they should still be effective.
You usually won’t need to crush up these chews however, as their flavor is generally appealing to dogs. They’re not particularly tough, either, but dogs with dental problems might have a little trouble chewing them.
First, give it to your dog as an offer of affection. If that doesn’t work out, then you may want to consider crushing it up to give to your pooch.
How to crush Nexgard for Your Dog
Do not rush to give your dog medication can It can be risky. It’s easy to lose track of the crumbled-up bits, and it’s difficult to know whether your dog has eaten all of it.
If your dog is unable to eat the chewable tablet as directed, crushing it might be the best option.
Firstly, take the NexGard chew and put it in your dog’s food dish. Use a metal spoon to press it down until it crumbles.
Next, find their favorite wet foodDry food doesn’t work as well for this)Mix it thoroughly with the Nexgard chew.
To ensure that the dog eats all of the wet food x crushed medicine mixture, make sure you are there to supervise them.
Keep an eye on them afterwards, too– if they vomit after eating for any reason, you will need to give them another dose!
Additional Tips to Help Your Dog Take NexGard
NexGard is easy to give to your dog. The beefy flavor is appealing to dogs, and they will be able to enjoy it like any other treat.
Some dogs are more picky than other. So if they don’t like the flavor of NexGard, it can be pretty challenging to get them to eat it willingly.
There are many options to make sure your dog gets the proper treatment.
Peanut butter is a great way for your dog to take their medication. Its intense flavor will mask any unpleasant smells that your dog may be sensitive to.
It’s not a particularly healthy food for dogs, but it does make an excellent once-in-a-while treat- especially in these scenarios.
Alternatively, you can wrap the chew up in a slice of liverwurst, cheese, or any other “people food” that your dog likes.
Believe it or not… Your dog can recognize your mood!
When you’re about to give them their monthly oral flea prevention pill, you probably have a certain demeanor that they have picked up on over time.
If you find that your dog gets nervous whenever you’re about to give them their Nexgard, this could be the reason why.
While flea treatment for dogs can be stressful, it is best to not show your anxiety. Your dog will be more likely to behave similarly if you are relaxed.
The NexGard chewable should be treated the same as any other dog treat. You can encourage them to perform a trick before you give them praise when they do.
Make sure your dog isn’t full
If your dog isn’t particularly fond of NexGard chews, they will be more likely to ignore them if they’ve just eaten.
This can be prevented by giving the NexGard tablet right to your dog. Before A meal. Chewables will be more appealing to them if they have a high appetite.
As with any medication, NexGard isn’t for every dog.
Some dogs may not be able to take the recommended dosage. Some dogs might refuse to eat the chews. If this is the case, you should find a different method to treat your dog’s fleas.
There are many other options. These include topical treatments or collars to kill fleas, such as Frontline and Seresto.
If even those methods don’t seem to work, here are 8 additional flea and tick prevention alternatives that you can try with your pooch.
Finally, if NexGard or the alternatives don’t seem to be right for your dog, don’t hesitate to consult with your veterinarian. They will help you choose the best treatment for your furry friend.
Jessica Adams is the owner of two dogs, one cat and an avid blogger. She has always loved animals and her love for them only grows as she learns more about how to care for them properly. Jessica loves sharing all sorts of information with pet owners – from animal nutrition to medication, toys to beds, everything in between.
She’s also a writer who pours herself into every project she takes on – so you can be sure that when you read her blog posts or articles you’re getting the best there is!