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My 45 lb border collie just ate a small tube of Vetropolycin

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Customer: My 45 lb border collie just ate a small tube of Vetropolycin (tube and all). I gave him hydrogen peroxide - he vomited twice - we found pieces of the tube, gave him another dose and he has vomited 4 times - no pieces in the last three times - I am cooking ground beef and rice to feed him for the next 24 hrs and will start giving him small amounts of water in a few hours - is this the proper treatment and what else should I do?
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 11 months ago.

Hi, this is Dr. Gabby. It sounds like you have it under control.

There are a couple other things you can do.

You can give him a tablet of Pepcid AC or Zantac tonight and again in the morning as the hydrogen peroxide can be hard on the stomach.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 11 months ago.

If the pieces of metal are small, most likely he will digest and pass them.

Check his gum color now if he is done vomiting. His gum color should be nice and pink. Monitor his gum color a few times throughout the day. If his gums turn pale, and he becomes very letheragic, he could have internal bleeding. But it sounds like he chewed it up well and vomited most of it up.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 11 months ago.

I would not feed him anything tonight. In the morning you can offer him a bite of the ground beef and rice you made.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 11 months ago.

Although it does not sound like it will be an issue, keep an eye on him for signs of a gastrointestinal blockage. Signs would include lack of appetite, repeated vomiting, pain on abdominal palpation, and lethargy.

If he has those signs he should see a vet.

Dogs often eat the Vetropolycin and it usually just causes some vomiting or diarrhea.

Does that help? Do you have any additional questions?