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Our 40 pound, active, Icelandic sheepdog got hold of a frozen

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Our 40 pound, active, Icelandic sheepdog got hold of a frozen ham this morning and ate about a pound. She hasn't vomited, but is a little restless and a little bit bloated (maybe), otherwise her behavior is fine. Should we push water and not feed her until tomorrow? What else?
Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis, and currently a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern for Nisse.

No food until tomorrow.

Water I would hold off a few more hours. When you give water, only give it in shallow bowl amounts. If she is nauseated, she may drink too much water inducing vomiting.

Bloated?
If for any reason she seems bloated, gets more bloated or the belly feels tense, you must...must...get into an emergency vet. As a medium to large breed pet, she will be predisposed to stomach bloat and torsion (when the stomach twists on itself).

To help settle the stomach you can use of the following, but not as a replacement for veterinary examination include
1.Pepcid A.C. (famotidine) comes in 10mg, 20mg, or 40mg tablets.
You can give it every 12 hours. You can give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg.
2.Prilosec (omeprazole). It comes in 10mg or 20mg tablets.
You can give in every 24 hours. You give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg
3.Zantac (Ranitidne). It comes in 75mg, 150mg, or 300mg sizes.
You can give it every 8 to 12 hours. You give 0.25 to 1mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get roughly 1/3 tablet of the 75mg. Even with bigger pets, it is easiest to get the smallest size tablet. Even a 75 pound dog would only need one 75mg tablet.
4.Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate
You can give it every 8 hours. The average dose is 1ml per pound of body weight, and that is the TOTAL dose for the day.So, if a pet weighs 30 pounds, they would get a total of 30ml a day or 10ml every 8 hours. This is dosing for regular strength Pepto-Bismol. If you use maximum strength liquid, give half as much.

That is a lot of meat to ingest. So, you will need to monitor her for illness for next 24 hours (diarrhea could be up to 48 hours).

Emergency:
If you observe any of the following, you'll want to get into a ER veterinarian for better supportive care:
- persistent vomiting or trying to vomit
- bad diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
- poor appetite that persists
- excessive panting to suggest nausea or pain
- bloated belly appearance or a tense belly

I hope that information has been helpful.
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