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My dog ate half a cough drop.

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Hi I'm Brad. My dog ate half a cough drop.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr Altman and happy to assist you both today!

Luckily most cough drops will only cause mild gastrointestinal upset as long as there is no xylitol (sugar free formula) in it. Secondarily, if there is menthol it can cause some numbing of the esophagus and stomach but otherwise there shouldn't be any concerns

One article lists:

While many times cough drop exposures will amount to nothing more than gastrointestinal upset, the drops can contain ingredients that create more serious consequences.

Most cough drops contain sugar, menthol, eucalyptus oil, colors, and flavors – ingredients that all may cause gastrointestinal upset. Obstruction may be a concern as well, depending on the number of drops ingested, the size of the pet and whether wrappers were also ingested (for Sutton ingesting 1/2 cough drop this shouldn't be an issue).

Infrequently, xylitol may be found in cough drops. Xylitol can cause hypoglycemia and possible liver injury depending on the amount present in the cough drops and how many were ingested.

Another ingredient of concern is benzocaine. Benzocaine most often causes gastrointestinal upset; however, benzocaine is metabolized into compounds which are capable of causing methemoglobinemia at high doses.

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

As a precaution:

- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg per pound every 12 hours for 3 days
- Leash walks to help the cough drop pass more readily of >15 minutes the next 12-24 hours
- Tomorrow bland diet of white rice and lean boiled meat such as chicken in small more frequent meals

I hope this information makes sense but please let me know who else I can assist you both today, I am online another 15 minutes to assist you both

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

Good morning, I wanted to check in on Sutton to see how things were going after the ingestion of the cough drop?

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both

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