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My 19 pound Boston terrier was eating a fruit that fell off

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My 19 pound Boston terrier was eating a fruit that fell off a philodendron. What should I do? He seems fine
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 2 years ago.
Hello - I am Dr. Matt - I would be glad to help you with your question.
How long ago did he ingest the fruit?
How much of the plant did he eat?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
About one hour ago. I'm not sure but he had a two inch segment of the fruit
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Should I be worried? Do you want to see a picture of the thing he ate?
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information.
The philodendron plant and fruit can be toxic to dogs though the toxicity is not life-threatening. Typically this plant causes severe irritation to the mouth and esophagus when swallowed and can cause quite a bit of discomfort overall in the mouth and tongue. The leaves are actually the part that seems to be more irritating though the fruit could potentially cause similar symptoms. Other then mouth and esophagus irritation, you could also see vomiting, drooling, and reluctance to eat or drink.
For now I would recommend using some cold water to rinse out his mouth for up to five minutes. I would not induce vomiting as this could actually make his symptoms worse. Make sure that he is getting plenty of water to drink to help flush out some of the irritants in his stomach.
If he does show signs of nausea such as vomiting, drooling, or reluctance to eat/drink then you could give him some Pepcid AC to help with the stomach discomfort. I would give him 5 mg every 24 hours. This medication usually comes in 10 mg per tablet. You can get this medication from a local drug or grocery store over the counter.
Definitely follow up with your vet if he is showing symptoms of any discomfort.
I can definitely look at a picture of what he ate if you'd like though I would recommend rinsing his mouth out either way.
Hope this helps to answer your question - if not or if you have any more questions please feel free to reply by clicking on the "reply to" button. Thank you for your question.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
How do I email you? Sorry but I don't think was extremely helpful
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 2 years ago.
I am sorry to hear that my answer was not helpful. What other questions can I help you with to provide better service? Unfortunately I am not allowed to give you my personal email but am more then happy to help you on this service.
Please let me know what more information I can provide for you,
Dr. Matt
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No, your answers were fine. Thanks
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 2 years ago.
Ok great. You are welcome!
Dr. Matt