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My dog ate a half bar of irish spring original soap bar, d

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my dog ate a half bar of irish spring original soap bar
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: hid is a yellow lab and is 15 months old 97 pounds
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Hid?
Customer: very active and a chewwer by nature
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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 and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long ago did he eat this?

Any retching, gagging, lip licking or vomiting?

Can he keep water down?

Are his gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on his belly,does he have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Has he had any diarrhea?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
he ate it 20 minutes ago, keeps water down and is currently sleeping, gums are pink and moist...no diarrhea yet
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
no vomting, he seems fine when pressing his belly
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

Thank you,

First, I would just note that soap ingestion only tends to cause GI upset (vomiting, diarrhea, appetite loss, cramps). Still, if he just had this, then we can choose to induce vomiting to get this out now or use supportive care to allay any GI upset as it may appear.

In regards ***** ***** vomiting, you can do this at home by administering 3% hydrogen peroxide orally at a dose of 1ml per pound. (2 teaspoons per 10 pounds of body weight). You can give it via dropper, syringe, turkey baster – we just want to get it in. After giving this orally, move the abdomen around or get your wee one walking about to get things mixing. This should usually lead to vomiting. If it is unsuccessful after 10 minutes then it can be repeated twice more. And if we still have no vomiting, then you'd need to consider seeing your local vet (or ER vet) so that apomorhpine (a very strong injectable emetic) can be administered just get this out of the stomach and avoid any adverse issues.

Otherwise again we can try to address any potential GI upset from this. You can use this after inducing vomiting or on its own. 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. Further to this, if we see any hints of nausea, then we can also treat with an OTC 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). These are usually given 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption and of course you want to double check with your vet before use if your wee one has any know health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned.

Overall, we'd only assume a possible GI upset with this. Therefore, we can induce vomiting now to get the soap back up and/or use supportive care to keep him settled and avoid any upset.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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