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My 14 lb poodle ate maybe a half bottle of fish oil. Should

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My 14 lb poodle ate maybe a half bottle of fish oil. Should I do something?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 9 months ago.

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

If your dog ingested this within the last hour then you can induce vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide 1 tsp per ten pounds (i.e. 1 & 1/2 tsp) then walk around to mix it in the stomach and agitate the lining. If no vomiting within 10-15 minutes it can be repeated once only in hopes of inducing vomiting.

There will not be a toxicity in this ingestion but more gastrointestinal upset including vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, reduced appetite and a concern with pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas as it works to metabolize the extra fat...

If you are unable to induce vomiting, then I would advise taking a few precautions tonight:

- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg per pound every 12 hours for 3 days
- Leash walks to help the fish oil pass more readily of >15 minutes
- Tomorrow bland diet of white rice and lean boiled meat such as chicken in small more frequent meals but waiting at least 12 hours after vomiting has subsided if he shows this symptom
- If the vomiting or gi upset is not resolving then please consider a veterinary exam to rule out pancreatitis but hopefully you will be able to remove some of the fish oil from his gi tract and he will have no clinical signs from this ingestion

I hope this information makes sense but please let me know who else I can assist you both today

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 9 months ago.

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