By Shawna Stone, CVT
Some of us are lucky enough to have dogs with a more refined palate, which is a nice way of saying picky eater. Why would I say that one is lucky? Picky eaters are much less likely to gobble down all things that are clearly not meant for a trip down through the intestinal highway. A Boxer once visited the ER clinic I was at in Parker. He had eaten 3 large cubes of steak...with the metal skewer still in them. The skewer laid nicely along his stomach and esophagus with the pointy end pointed up towards his mouth and not rupturing his stomach. A talented vet managed to get it out with her amazing endoscope skills.
Here is one of my favorite graphics from the ASPCA showing some of the major foods and
their possible effects.
One thing commonly heard in the veterinary community from clients is "Well, my dog ate that and was FINE!" That may be the case, at least it may appear that way. If it is, GREAT! Problem is, repeated exposure to poisons can cause cumulative effects that may not be readily apparent until your pet has reached a dangerous threshold.
What should you do if your naughty dog manages to get ahold of one of these foods?
Call your vet right away!!
Don't be fooled into thinking it was not enough to cause a problem. Some of these take very little to cause issues, others need a certain amount to be toxic.
What the vet's office will ask:
- What was eaten? Be exact as to type. It makes a difference if it milk chocolate or dark chocolate for example.
- Do you know how much your dog weighs?
- How much was eaten?
- When did they eat it?
- Does your pup have any medical issues or take any medications?
What the vet may do:
- Tell you how to induce vomiting at home.
- Have you bring the dog in to induce vomiting and maybe give charcoal to absorb toxins.
- Hospitalize to give IV fluids and do follow up blood tests to monitor effect on dog.
*statements are not meant to replace vet care, give diagnosis or prognosis.
ASPCA Pet Poison hotline: 1-888-426-4435
ASPCA also has a free app. I highly recommend you download it now.
Next time in Healthy Hounds: Diapers and Maxipads--What's in YOUR First Aid Kit?