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Pam Cobb. My dog has been chewing on a tube that has

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Pam Cobb. My dog has been chewing on a tube that has polymyxin b sulfate, bacitracin zink and neomycin is this poisonous?
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Customer: she has broken the tube and there are teeth marks all over.
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How much do you think your dog had?

How long ago?

Did she eat any of the tube itself?

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

Hi again,

I have not heard back from you but do want to leave my thoughts.

Generally speaking, this product isn't poisonous but the Bacitracin is the one element that can cause issue. Though if she just ate a bit, then we'd just expect GI upset if anything at all.

Therefore, if that is the case, then you can start some supportive care to offset that. To do so, you can consider offering a light diet option for a few days. Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Ideally, we want to offer this as small frequent meals to keep the stomach settled. As well, if she shows any nausea, then you can try her with an OTC pet friendly antacid like Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid) or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac). Whichever you use, we'd give this 20 minutes before food to allow absorption and of course double check with your vet before use if your wee one has any known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned.

Overall, these situations tend to be quite low risk unless the dog eats the tube or a lot of Bacitracin. So, as long as those are not issues, we'd want to use supportive care to offset any risk of stomach upset.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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