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My dog ate a steroid ointment its called halobetasol

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my dog ate a steroid ointment for humans its called halobetasol propionate oointment
He is a rhodesian ridgeback about 109lbs
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

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

In situations of this nature, our main concern is when dogs have eaten the tube (a blockage risk) itself. If your lad didn't, we can consider some supportive care for this ingestion. Now steroid creams of this nature don't tend to cause severe side effects. Instead, we usually just see GI upset (appetite loss, vomiting, diarrhea) and increased thirst.

Now in a case like this, we have a few options. If he ate this less then 2 hours ago, we could induce vomiting. Or if it has been longer, we could treat with activated charcoal. Now I am happy to discuss those with you, but since he is a large dog and the signs we see tend to be mild, they aren't absolutely necessary. Instead, we can just plan to monitor for the next few days and use supportive are as needed to keep his stomach settled.

In regards ***** ***** latter, we'd just want to plan on 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 to counter any GI upset, 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, as long as he didn't eat the tube, we'd only expect the aforementioned mild signs. Therefore, we can intervene or plan to monitor and settle any GI upset should we see any.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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