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thank you. The contents of the battery are an alkaline corrosive and cause ulceration. Ulceration may not show up for up to 12 hours. The quicker the ulcers show up the more severe they are. If there are no ulcers in the mouth at this point, that is good news. There is still a small possibility that some went into her esophagus. Ideally, you want to have her on famotidine to decrease acid secretion and a carafate slurry to coat any injured areas in the esophagus or stomach. Famotidine is over the counter (Pepcid AC) and can be given at a dose of 1 mg per 2 pounds body weight once daily. Finally, you need to be certain that she did not ingest any portion of the casing. If the battery pieces are all there, then this is unlikely. You should talk to your local veterinarian about getting her checked out and starting her on a carafate slurry. Please ask any additional questions.
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