How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Altman Your Own Question

Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 5799
Experience:  Practicing small animal veterinarian for 14 years.
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Altman is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My 6 month old puppy chewed the top off a bottle of chain saw

Resolved Question:

My 6 month old puppy chewed the top off a bottle of chain saw oil and ingested some and threw up twice. Should I give him Ipecac or what should I do. Our vet is closed for the night
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 6 months ago.

Dr. Altman :

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.

Dr. Altman :

Just to clarify is chain saw oil similar to motor oil? Or is it mixed with gasoline?

Dr. Altman :

So if new motor oil is ingested and no vomiting occurs, you will typically only see diarrhea and an upset stomach. Vomiting the oil is dangerous because it is often then breathed into the lungs and causes aspiration pneumonia. With ingestion of any motor oil you are going to see loose to liquid (and quite oily) diarrhea for a few days. Because he is vomiting I am not going to have you feed her anything at this time.

Customer:

Chain saw oil is mixed with solvent . My husband fed him and he has thrown everything up including watery bile.

Dr. Altman :

So the concern with the vomiting and the solvent is it can cause ulcerations/ erosions of the esophagus

Dr. Altman :

And since it can aerosol then it can be aspirated into the lungs and cause aspiration pneumonia as well

Dr. Altman :

How is he acting?

Customer:

Will XXXXX XXXXXve ? I'm so afraid. He is whining every so often and my husband just took him outside so maybe he is going to the bathroom

Customer:

Is there anything we can give him ?

Dr. Altman :

I am concerned about erosions of the esophagus and pneumonia. Is there any idea how much he might have ingested?

Dr. Altman :

Unfortunately giving him anything orally will likely cause further vomiting

Dr. Altman :

In an ideal situation would be to get him to a veterinary er where they can give him injectable medications to by pass the gi tract and ensure there is no sign of pneumonia

Dr. Altman :

Is he breathing alright? Any coughing?

Customer:

he chewed the top off the bottle and it tipped over and he was licking the top of the empty container when my husband got to him so we dont think he ingested too much .He's breathing fine and no coughing

Dr. Altman :

How long ago did this occur?

Dr. Altman :

Are you still there?

Customer:

5 oclock 3 and a half hrs ago

Dr. Altman :

How long since his last vomiting episode?

Customer:

20 minutes

Dr. Altman :

Is he still showing signs of discomfort? Is he still nauseous (licking lips, eating grass, increased salivation)?

Customer:

It was lubricating oil for the chainsaw not fuel

Dr. Altman :

Yes but when you mentioned it was mixed with a solvent that is eroding and in the same class as a fuel product

Customer:

he is slobbering a little bit and he is just laying there resting as he usually does this time of night

Dr. Altman :

That is a good sign that he is not vomiting anymore and is able to rest comfortably

Dr. Altman :

Would you say he is salivating about 20% more than normal or a big puddle?

Customer:

We will be able to get him to our Vet at 8 AM in the morn. He is just salivating a few dribbles

Dr. Altman :

OK that is good as well

Dr. Altman :

Please give me a few minutes to formulate a plan for Harry

Dr. Altman :

How much does he weigh please?

Customer:

28 lbs

Customer:

He threw up his lunch and his supper

Dr. Altman :

But it has been 20 minutes or he did again?

Dr. Altman :

1- No food or water for 8-12 hours, keep indoors to avoid eating grass/ leaves.
2- After 8-12 hours offer a small amount of water (1-2 teaspoons hourly) for a few hours


3- Start Pepcid (famotidine) 10mg 1/2 tablet every 12 hours OR prilosec (omeprazole) 20 mg 1/2 tablet daily for the next 3 days with the second administration of water (crushed if needed)


4-If no vomiting, offer small amount of white rice and boiled boneless or ground chicken or ground beef. For example, one tablespoon hourly for a few hours then slowly start to increase the amount while reducing the frequency. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.
5- If vomiting continues after doing the above, I would encourage having your family veterinarian perform an examination to determine the next step to getting Harry comfortable and determine how best to treat him to resolve the vomiting and likely ulcerations of the esophagus and stomach

Customer:

No he hasnt thrown up again My husband just wanted you to know that we could tell that his 1/2 bowl of crunchies he ate at noon plus what my husband fed him at 6 all came up

Dr. Altman :

OK, thank you for the additional information

Dr. Altman :

If he goes 4 hours without vomiting go ahead and give a little water earlier than the information I listed

Dr. Altman :

Unfortunately we need to wait for the waves of nausea to cease in order to begin trying to treat the gi upset and/ or ingestion since injectable medications are not an option

Dr. Altman :

Does this information make sense?

Customer:

Yes Thank you

Dr. Altman :

Great, can I assist with any additional questions or clarify anything for you today?

Dr. Altman :

I know you must be very scared but unfortunately we need to keep her from having food/ water/ grass to allow the stomach to rest

Customer:

No thank you so much !

Dr. Altman :

You are very welcome

Dr. Altman :

You both will be in my thoughts this evening

Dr. Altman :

If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION. Bonuses are always welcome. (I am not compensated in any other way). Thanks!



If you have additional questions after you rate the question, you are welcome to request me for additional conversations if I am on-line or by beginning your question "Dr. Altman..." or "Dogdoc4u..." and others will leave the questions for me. Good luck to you both!!!

Dr. Altman, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 5799
Experience: Practicing small animal veterinarian for 14 years.
Dr. Altman and 3 other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
< Last | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Debbie's Avatar

    Dr. Debbie

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    902
    Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DE/debkatreyn/2011-11-28_33650_682e.64x64.jpg Dr. Debbie's Avatar

    Dr. Debbie

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    902
    Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    13796
    UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/doggfone1/2009-07-16_133633_vet_pic.jpg Dr. Scott's Avatar

    Dr. Scott

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    9550
    12 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    7758
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AN/andrewDVM/2012-4-27_12585_iStock000011751407XSmall.64x64.jpg Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    6598
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    6377
    13 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BI/bigislandvet/2013-2-21_214244_IMG0357.64x64.JPG Dr. Michael Salkin's Avatar

    Dr. Michael Salkin

    Big Island Vet

    Satisfied Customers:

    6049
    University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 41 yrs. of experience.