What to Do if Your Dog Eats Lipitor (Atorvastatin) Medication?

Dogs commonly eat things they shouldn’t, especially the stray tablet or capsule from the medicine cabinet including drugs such as Lipitor (Atorvastatin).
According to the Pet Poison Helpline, almost half of their calls are about pets ingesting human medications. Many of these drugs can be toxic due to of a dog’s smaller size and differences in human and canine metabolism and toxicities.

What is Lipitor?

Lipitor, also known by the generic name “atorvastatin”, is a drug commonly used in humans to lower cholesterol levels. It is currently one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States.

Is Lipitor Routinely Prescribed to Dogs?

Lipitor is not prescribed in veterinary medicine.

What to Do if Your Dog Eats Lipitor

In general, Lipitor is not considered highly toxic to dogs. The exception is if a small dog ingests many pills. The most common side effects seen in dogs after ingestion of Lipitor are vomiting, diarrhea and “gas”.

Monitor your dog carefully and ensure they are behaving normally. Monitor for normal urinations, bowel movements, vomiting, or lack of appetite.

When Should YOU Call Your Vet?

Call your vet if you see any abnormalities or concerns with your dog. If you notice vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, pale gums, difficulty breathing, lack of appetite, trouble walking or any other signs, call your veterinarian as soon as possible.

How to Prevent Exposure

Dogs are so good at getting into things, and it’s easier to prevent a problem than it is to resolve it.

Other Emergency Plans

If your dog ingests Lipitor and you can’t get in touch with your vet, call your closest emergency clinic. Another option is to call a poison control hotline for pets. The two most common are: