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I think my dog Rottweiler 120 lbs may have eaten lantana

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I think my dog Rottweiler 120 lbs may have eaten lantana flowers. His
breathing is labored. he is eating grass. I'm not 100 percent sure if he ate some of the plant. But not acting himself at all.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Debbie, please see what the ASPCA has to say about lantana and dogs: There's no specific antidote to the toxin in this plant; dogs are treated symptomatically and supportively. His breathing worries me. What else are you seeing that implies his not "acting himself at all", please?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Laying around. ...eating grass
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Thank you. Lethargy is a nonspecific symptom of illness and eating nondigestible greens indicates gastrointestinal distress. Please check his vital signs for me...

1) Check his gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to his tissues).

2) Check his respiratory rate at rest. He should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.

3) Take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I'm just going to watch him a while and let you know
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Sounds good. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.
Hi Debbie,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin