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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog swallowed a couple of one inch screws, Jayda about

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My dog swallowed a couple of one inch screws
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Jayda about year and a half
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Jayda?
Customer: Not at all
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

My primary concern would be zinc toxicosis if those screws were zinc-plated. How much does Jayda weigh, please? Clinical signs of zinc toxicosis vary based on the duration and degree of exposure. Signs progress from anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy to more advanced signs such as intravascular hemolysis, icterus, hemoglobinuria, cardiac arrhythmias, and seizures

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
This just happened about 30 minutes ago, she weighs about 60 lbs. has not yet showed any signs of stress and no vomiting yet.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

Two small screws are very unlikely to be problematic in a dog of Jayda's size. They should pass through her GI tract within 12 hours. You can help that happen by adding psyllium seed (Metamucil) to a meal given now and again in 12 hours. A tablespoon of the psyllium seed in wet food should suffice. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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