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My dog ate Borax What should I do?

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My dog ate Borax
What should I do?

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

When did this happen?

CriticalCareVet :

How much was ingested?

CriticalCareVet :

How much does your dog weigh?

Customer:

She just ate it. Unsure of amount, she was found eating my husband's deer hide in barn which he has covered in borax to soften skin. She weighs about 82 lbs

CriticalCareVet :

So this was just a small amount of powder on the surface?

Customer:

It was a large amount on surface but it appears no big chunks are missing

CriticalCareVet :

Borax has a wide margin of safety - unless a large amount was ingested - illness aside from stomach upset was not expected.

For your dog it would be at least 1-200 grams.

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Customer:

Sadie (dog) is 11.75 years old. she has a hiatal hernia(from wolfing down her food), and cataracts, and takes duomax for arthritis 1/2 tab daily, but is in generally good health.

CriticalCareVet :

ok - good!

Customer:

Generally, what is to be done here? Observe, make her vomit, give her water?

CriticalCareVet :

At this time, observe - there is no "antidote"

Customer:

what should I look for as signs of trouble?

CriticalCareVet :

Stomach upset, vomiting

Customer:

what will a vet then do for her?

CriticalCareVet :

At this time, likely nothing.

CriticalCareVet :

Unless there is a significant amount ingested, which would then lead to kidney failure.

Customer:

So vomiting is still contraindicated given that we know she just ate it?

CriticalCareVet :

I would not induce vomiting - esophageal irritation

CriticalCareVet :

Good luck

Customer:

what about milk?

CriticalCareVet :

Not needed

Customer:

ok, I take it that renal failure is not reversible and that there is no treatment to counter the alkaline that she has ingested?

CriticalCareVet :

Again - For your dog it would be at least 1-200 grams ingested to be a concern, and reported true dose would be 240 grams.

Customer:

Ok, thanks much. I am guessing this dog has eaten worse, and I doubt that she got a toxic dose here. Labs, lead with their stomachs!

CriticalCareVet :

Glad to help.

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