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My dog just ate a pound of black forest ham. Is this

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Customer: ***** *****. My dog just ate a pound of black forest ham. Is this dangerous
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Customer: I have two dogs. A small schnauzer poodle mix and a golden collie mix. I think the golden collie mix ate the ham.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am currently not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- It was just ham no bone, correct?

2- How much does your dog weigh?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The ham had no bone. It was deli lunch meat from the grocery store. The small dog weighs 13 pounds. I don't think she is the one who ate it The large dog weighs 40 pounds
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I think the big dog ate it
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, unlikely for the ham to be a problem at worst they may develop mild gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea. Less likely we can see pancreatitis with some cases of dietary indiscretion.

I would recommend you keep an eye on them for the next 24 hours. If they develop vomiting or diarrhea this is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Start them on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg 1/4 tablet for the smaller dog a whole tablet for the bigger dog every 12 hours for the next 2-3 days. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.

2- No food or water for 8-12 hours. Need to give their gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 8-12 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.

4- If they continue to vomit after doing the above they will need to be seen by your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.

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