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Gave meds to early.

Species: Other
Breed: Fancy Rat
Age: 1-2 years
Hi Dr. Marie,

We are away from home this weekend and our pet sitter came early to our house. She inadvertently gave our fancy rat, Pixel, his doses of prednisone and doxy within 6 hours (or even less) of his previous dose. It states to give them 12-14 hours apart - should we be concerned about an overdose?

Thank you very much,
Courtney


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Hi Courtney and thanks for your question.

It's extremely unlikely that any harm has been done. I would skip tonight's dose and continue as normal in the morning.

Doxycycline can sometimes be a little bit irritating to the stomach, so it is possible that there is some mild stomach upset. But, I would be very surprised to see this happen!

Hope all is well!

Dr. Marie



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Customer reply:

Whew! Thanks for the quick reply.
His two close dosages were both for today (and the last one was at about 6PM), so it sounds like he'll be fine to start tomorrow morning.
Thanks again!


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Dr. Marie replied:

You're very welcome and thank you so much for the bonus! You made my day!



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