My dog ate a box of decafenated green tea bags. Is this an issue.
Type of Animal: shepard hound
Age: 2 and a half years
Hello - I am Dr. Matt - I would be glad to help you with your question.How long ago did this happen?How many tea bags did she eat?How much does she weigh?
Within the past 12 hours. The whole box of 18 bags. She weighs about 67 pounds. They might have been "shared" with her sister, a pit bull of 48 pounds.
That actually was within the past 4 hours, not 12.
Just received your additional post with the different information. Hold on for a few more minutes as I need to change my reply based on the different information.
Thanks for the additional information.The good news is without caffeine the tea bags are actually unlikely to be toxic to either of your dogs at this point. I would be more concerned with the bags and the string attached to the bags as this could cause an obstruction in her intestines or stomach. Green tea could potentially cause some vomiting though as this has been shown to cause a mild upset stomach to dogs. Since they ate the tea bags about 4 hours ago we may be able to induce vomiting to try to get all of the bags back up to prevent an obstruction. To do this I would give them about 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide in the back of their throat to get them to swallow it. Most dogs will vomit within 5-10 minutes. If you do not see them vomit within 10 minutes you can give one more dose. If they vomit up the tea bags then the dogs should be perfectly fine. If they do not vomit after the second dose then follow these instructions:- Monitor both dogs closely for any vomiting or hyperactivity. IF a lot of vomiting is seen or they cannot hold down food or water then I would take the vomiting dog to the vet right away. If one of the dogs vomits once then I would not be too worried and continuing to monitor them is just fine.- You can give some canned pumpkin at one tablespoon per dog daily to eat. This is a fiber supplement that helps push things through the intestines quicker helping to prevent an obstruction.- Make sure that they have plenty of water to drinkOverall the tea bags (not the tea inside) are much more likely to cause a problem. If you notice excessive vomiting then I would definitely recommend taking the dogs to the vet for an x-ray.Hope this helps -please reply if you have any other questions.
I am not comfortable with trying to get them to vomit. I will if this is absolutely necessary though. Can I feed them and see what happens or do you recommend I get them to vomit?
If you really do not want to make them vomit then that is ok. They may be just fine anyway. I was just giving you every option to hopefully prevent any possibility of an obstruction.I would definitely try my other suggestions and monitor them very closely.
Thank you. Sorry for the delay. I ran out to get canned pumpkin which they ate eagerly. Should I hold off on food for 24 hours? How will I know there is no obstruction?
I do not think that you need to hold off of food at this time. I would continue to feed them regularly. The best way to watch for an obstruction would be to monitor both dogs for any vomiting or inability to hold down any food or water. Lethargy and not wanting to eat is also a sign that they need to be examined and x-rayed for a possible obstruction.
Thank you very much. How long does it take before I can be assured there are no obstructions? They both just had a bowel movement, but no signs of tea bags.
Usually most objects will pass in about 24-48 hours therefore after two days I would assume that they are going to be just fine. You should start to see some of the tea bags coming out in the stool.
Thank you Dr. Matt. These are actually my granddogs. My son is in the Air Force and I am taking care of them while he is away. Grandmothers worry about these things and may not always be smart enough to put tea bags away. Your advice has been helpful. If I need further assistance on this issue can I still access help or will that be at an additional fee?
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