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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My 6 pound chihuahua somehow got into a 1/2 cup of left over

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my 6 pound chihuahua somehow got into a 1/2 cup of left over bacon grease. he seems to be fine but should I take him to the emergency vet?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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The grease isn't toxic but is expected to cause diarrhea because it will overwhelm his ability to digest so much fat. If he ingested the grease within an hour, inducing emesis by dosing him with 3% hydrogen peroxide at a dose of a bit more than one measuring teaspoon (6 ml) should be helpful. He should vomit within 15 minutes of dosing particularly if fed bread prior to dosing. If he doesn't vomit, you can redose with the same amount. A small poultry baster placed between his cheek teeth and cheek will facilitate your dosing him.
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