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My puppy ate a sheet of paper towel. What should I do?

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Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

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while it is possible that the paper towel could soften and pass naturally,

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it is also possible that it could create a blockage.

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therefore, it might be reasonable to try inducing vomiting, in order to hopefully eliminate the risk of blockage.

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the most common approach for doing this at home, is to use 3% Hydrogen Peroxide,

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1mL per pound of body weight (maximum 45mL).

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this typically causes vomiting within about 10 minutes.

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it may be repeated once, if ineffective,

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of course, the safer approach is to have a veterinarian administer medication to induce vomiting, as this carries fewer possible side effects than peroxide,

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but if veterinary care is not available, the peroxide may be a reasonable choice.

Customer:

What is the percentage that it will cause blockage if left alone?

Dr. Drew :

impossible to say for sure.

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perhaps 30-40%

Customer:

What are the possible side effects o fgiving him Hydrogen Peroxide?

Dr. Drew :

stomach irritation (gastritis), which can sometimes be fairly severe.

Customer:

Is there anything else that can be done?

Dr. Drew :

at home, no.

Customer:

Does the side of the dog matters?

Dr. Drew :

well, to some extent --

Customer:

He is 60lbs.

Dr. Drew :

larger dogs will have larger intestines,

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but a paper towel can still be a large mass to pass.

Dr. Drew :

so I don't think it's appropriate to speculate that it will pass, just because he's a big dog.

Customer:

How would i know if somethings is wrong with him, if left alone?

Dr. Drew :

you'd see vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy, abdominal pain, diarrhea. Any of those may be cause for worry.

Customer:

Can i wait until tomorrow to take him to the vet?

Dr. Drew :

if you take him tomorrow, it's far too late to induce vomiting.

Dr. Drew :

if you wait, then you may as well just monitor him at home for any of the above described signs.

Customer:

Thank you..

Dr. Drew :

you are very welcome -- I do hope everything goes well, regardless of which option you choose.

Hi Ray,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Bosco. How is everything going?

Dr. Drew

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