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My dog ate half a grape about 6 hours ago. Now he is farting a lot. Should I give him char

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My dog ate half a grape about 6 hours ago. Now he is farting a lot. Should I give him charcoal? He's about 10 lbs
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome,This is just a quick note to let you know that I am locked on to your question and am working on it now.My name is***** and I am a small animal vet with many years experience and rest assured I will do my best to answer your question to your satisfaction today. However before I can start I need a little more information to make things clearer for me so could you please answer the following :1. What breed is Snowball and roughly how heavy is he { In pounds } ?You can then expect a written reply sometime within the next fifteen minutes or so.We also have the option to talk things over by telephone or via an internet service such as Skype if this is more convenient for you. Please get back to me if this is more suitable for you. { There is a small extra charge for phone calls }Regards,Dr Scott
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He is about 10 lbs and he is a schnoodle
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 1 year ago.
Hello again and thanks for getting back to me. I have worked out an answer for you below ... Charcoal would do no harm and here is link to an accurate article on how it is used in the dog. { LINK } But I think the half grape is coincidental here, it is highly unlikely that this would have any effect even for a small dog like Snowball. Probably he just has a slight upset stomach of some kind, if this is the case then you could well be able to handle it with some simple measures rather than charcoal. I will give you some ideas ... 1. I am aware that some owners use Pepto-Bismol to treat their dogs with gastro-enteritis and report success. Here is a link to a web page which has all the information you might need including dose rates : LINK2. Some owners try and control this sort of situation with diet alone before they try anything else. This is logical and often works, the basis of this is to give the intestinal tract a complete rest and then bring it back slowly to function, resting the alimentary tract is the critical factor. It would go something like this ...A. Starve him for 24 hours but make sure he has access to water.B. The next day feed him four or five small light meals in the day. These meals should be the likes of chicken, fish, scrambled egg etc. with a little rice.C. If he picks up on this diet gradually reintroduce his normal diet over the next few days.3. Live yogurt added to the food or given orally can often help. Some gastro-enteritis situations are caused by an imbalance in the bacteria in your dog's gut. Live yogurt is full of " good " bacteria and will seed them into your dog's intestinal tract and restore the balance. A teaspoon twice a day would be fine for a small dog like yours.Of course if any of the above does not quickly start to work or if he deteriorates in any way you should have your vet check him over just to be on the safe side. I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you. Regards, ***** be kind enough to rate my service to you after we have concluded our dialogue, such feedback helps me maintain the quality of my answers.
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 1 year ago.
Hello again,I am just checking back in to see how Snowball is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning the grape incident.How are things going?Regards,Dr ScottPlease be kind enough to rate my service to you { Using the site rating system }, such feedback really helps me maintain the quality of my answers.