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My 16 week old puppy got a hold of a used dryer sheet and I

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My 16 week old puppy got a hold of a used dryer sheet and I think may have eaten some of it. she has thrown up three times
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Sting
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sting?
Customer: she is a 6 pound Shorkie
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 4 months ago.

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

So sorry that your puppy possibly ingested the dryer sheet and has gi upset as a result. Luckily it was used and so the biggest concern is an obstruction with her tiny size. The ingredients of the dryer sheet do not have any toxic properties therefore I do not think that you will see any organ issues from this ingestion. In some smaller breed dogs such as yours as I mentioned it may have some potential to get stuck

My recommendations tonight:

1- Keep indoors to avoid eating grass/ leaves until morning and take on 10-15 minute leash walks tonight and in the morning to help aid in moving the sheet through and reducing nausea

2- Offer a small amount of water (1-2 teaspoons hourly) for a few hours in the morning to test the stomach

3- Start Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg/ pound every 12 hours OR prilosec (omeprazole) 0.5 mg/ pound daily for the next 3 days with the second administration of water (crushed if needed)

4-If no vomiting, offer small amount of white rice and boiled boneless or ground chicken or ground beef. For example, one teaspoon hourly for a few hours then slowly start to increase the amount while reducing the frequency. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.

5- If vomiting continues after doing the above, I would encourage having your family veterinarian perform an examination to determine the next step to getting Sting comfortable and whether we need to be concerned about a potential obstruction from the dryer sheet

Indications your dog should be seen by a veterinary er sooner include: sticky gums that are pale, yellow, blue, purple, temperature rectally >103.5, progressive lethargy with less responsiveness to you, vomiting or diarrhea that includes blood, resting respiratory rate (breaths per minute) >60, swollen abdomen.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 4 months ago.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today! I hope your puppy is doing well and suffered no further ill effects from the ingestion. I would love an update when you are able...

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 4 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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