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Dog ate a couple of mini duraflame logs 24 hours ago,

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dog ate a couple of mini duraflame logs 24 hours ago
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: Margie, almost 8
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Margie?
Customer: She's a therapy dog
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Good evening, thanks for your question. The professional you were hoping to speak with is not currently available, so I have stepped in to assist you in their absence. Can you tell me more about what is going on with Miss Margie?
Is she having any concerning symptoms?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
It has been 24 hours since this happened. I was curious how potentially dangerous it is
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Thankfully, they're not extremely toxic. We usually see GI upset, but because they're made from waxes and sawdust, there's a potential for gastric blockage. If a blockage does happen, she may need to have surgery to remove the blockage. In some rare cases, the logs may contain heavy metals which can lead to a toxicity but it's considered quite rare.

You'll want to keep a close eye on her for any signs of concern such as vomiting, diarrhea, being unwilling to eat or drink, unable to pass stool, nausea, etc. If you see any of these signs, you'll need to have her seen promptly by your vet's office.

There's more info here from poison control: http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/firestarter-logs/

As well, Duraflame also has a FAQ on their website about this (it's actually fairly common for dogs to eat them, especially in winter time): https://www.duraflame.com/safety-tips/pet-safety

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Will pumpkin help?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Pumpkin may help to sweep the gut of leftover wood fibers as it travels through. Usually we'd expect to see symptoms within the first 24-48 hours if they're to have an issue, so watching her stool may inform you of when those fibers are passing. Pumpkin may also help with any diarrhea that she might acquire from eating the logs. It certainly won't hurt to give it to her with her regular meals.

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