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She ate part of a plastic bag that potatoes come in and is

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She ate part of a plastic bag that potatoes come in and is now eating leaves and grass
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 and age?
Customer: Ginger and she about 6 or 7
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Ginger?
Customer: No
Submitted: 21 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 21 days ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.

Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 21 days ago.

Eating plant material indicates she is feeling nauseous.

How big of a dog is she?

How long ago did she eat the plastic bag?

Is she vomiting?

Is her abdomen tense & painful with gentle pressure?

Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 21 days ago.

If she chewed the bag into small pieces then it may pass but if she just ate it, within the past 2-3 hours, it's worth trying to get her to vomit it back up. Especially because she is feeling nauseous already.

You can give her 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide per 10 pounds of body weight mixed with bread chunks or ice cream (no more than 3 tablespoons even if she weighs more than 35 pounds).

Then take her outside and run her around to get the peroxide bubbling so she vomits.

If no vomiting in 10 minutes repeat the peroxide dose once.

If she vomits and seems to clear her stomach and be done I would check to see if the pieces are present.

Once she finishes vomiting and empties her stomach to try and settle her stomach today you can give either:
1) Pepcid-ac (famotidine) at a dose of one half of a 10mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 12 hours.

OR
2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one quarter of a 20mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 24 hours.

These will reduce stomach acid and should help settle her stomach.

Then feed a homemade diet of 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger or boiled, white, skinless chicken, all fats and juices drained off the meat, and 2/3 boiled, plain, white rice. Add 1-2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin, (not pie filling, just pumpkin), to each meal for fiber whether she vomits most of the foreign material back up or not to help push the remaining pieces through.

If you don't have peroxide you can get her to an emergency clinic to induce vomiting.

If she doesn't vomit it back up or you choose not to take her to an emergency clinic still use the bland diet with pumpkin to try and get the pieces to pass.

If it has been several hours since she ate the plastic it is likely too late to induce vomiting, the pieces will likely be out of her stomach. All you can do at that point is watch her closely.

Since she seems nauseous that may mean that she is already developing an obstruction. Ideally she should be seen by a veterinarian now.

If you choose to take a watch & see approach and later she starts vomiting, has a tense painful belly or refuses to eat or runs a fever (more than 103F rectally) then that can signify a blockage and she should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Surgery may be needed at that point.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 18 days ago.

Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your pup. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****