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My 1-year-old Aussie may have just swallowed a big kitchen

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My 1-year-old Aussie may have just swallowed a big kitchen trash bag that I just took out of the box. Should I induce vomiting?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

Hi, this is Dr. Gabby. Was there anything on the bag that would cause him to eat it?

About how much does he weigh?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No it was a clean bag. He weighs 50 lbs.
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

Ok thank you, ***** ***** not sure why he would eat the whole bag if there was nothing on it because it would not taste very good. But anyway, you have a few options.

You can try to induce vomiting at home. That is usually about 70% effective.

First give him a piece of bread soaked in milk.

Then give 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide from a fresh bottle. Use the 3% over the counter kind.

Then run him around.

If he does not vomit in 5 minutes then repeat the dose of peroxide.

He can have up to three doses then stop.

The big risk is a piece of the bag could get stuck in his esophagus on the way up.

So another option is to have them induce vomiting at the emergency clinic.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

Your third option is to wait and see what happens.

Keep a close eye on him for the next 5 days.

Give him a tablespoon of Benefiber twice a day to help move things through.

You can also use Metamucil or canned pumpkin.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

If he develops a gastrointestinal blockage he will refuse to eat, vomit repeatedly, have pain on abdominal palpation, and become very lethargic.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

Usually signs of a blockage do not show up until 12 hours after the offending substance was ingested.

I would monitor him for 5 days.

He could have a problem further down the road then that but normally trouble occurs within a 5 day time frame.

Does that help? Do you have any additional questions?

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

If you are all set can you please rate my answer by clicking on the stars.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.
Hi Maria,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Monroe. How is everything going?
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