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My dog ingested some first aid cream that was sitting on the

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My dog ingested some first aid cream that was sitting on the counter. Benzaljonium chloride/ Lisocaine HCL. Less than .9 g. What should I do?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 2 months ago.

Hello again

I have worked out an answer for you below.

1. I think we have to look at the worst possible scenario. The problem you face is that Benzalkonium Chloride can cause burns and irritation when swallowed. So this can be potentially serious : You can verify this via this link : LINK

2. Because of the corrosive potential of this drug it would be best not to make your dog vomit. It could cause a lot more harm on the way back up because the esophagus is more at risk for a corrosive burn than the stomach.

3. I think the best advice is to get your dog to a vet ASAP even if this means using an ER vet, but right now you could give your dog a mix of 50:50 water and milk, one cup now and then 1/4 cup each fifteen minutes until you can get to a vet Your vet may give a stomach protector such as sucralfat to limit any corrosive damage to your dog's stomach and intestinal tract.

4. Also I should be available online for you the next four or five hours today so please do not hesitate to get straight back to me if your dog's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 2 months ago.

Hello again,

I am just checking back in to see how your dog is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning the first aid cream incident ...

Please get back to me and let me know how things are going.

Regards,

Dr Scott

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