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My dog just chewed up half of my handle on my scissors which

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My dog just chewed up half of my handle on my scissors which is hard plastic. Should I make her throw up or wait until morning until I can get in to see her vet? I do have Peroxide but I don't know how much to give her. She is almost One and she weighs 40 pounds.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am sorry to hear that your pup chewed up and ingested half of the hard plastic handle of a pair of scissors.

Did she swallow the scissor handle in large chunks or did she chew it up pretty thoroughly?

A large chunk could have trouble passing through her intestinal tract, but could also give her trouble bringing it back up.

If she at least chewed it up into chunks then we may be able to get her to safely vomit it back up by giving peroxide and lots of bread to cushion the pieces as she vomits.

You can give her 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide per 10 pounds of body weight mixed with lots of bread chunks or a mix of dry and canned dog food (no more than 3 tablespoons even if she weighs more than 35 pounds, so 3 tablespoons for her).

Then take her outside and run her around to get the peroxide bubbling so she vomits.

If no vomiting in 10 minutes repeat the peroxide dose once.

If she vomits and seems to clear her stomach and be done I would check to see if the pieces are present.

Once she finishes vomiting and empties her stomach to try and settle her stomach today you can give either:
1) Pepcid-ac (famotidine) at a dose of one 10mg tablet per 20 to 40 pounds of body weight every 12 hours.

2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one 20mg tablet per 40 to 80 pounds of body weight every 24 hours.

These will reduce stomach acid and should help settle her stomach.

Then feed a homemade diet of 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger or boiled, white, skinless chicken, all fats and juices drained off the meat, and 2/3 boiled, plain, white rice. Add 2-4 tablespoons of canned pumpkin, (not pie filling, just pumpkin), to each meal for fiber whether she vomits most of the foreign material back up or not to help push the remaining pieces through.

If she doesn't vomit then you can get her to an emergency clinic to induce vomiting.

If she doesn't vomit it back up or you choose not to take her to an emergency clinic still use the bland diet with pumpkin to try and get the pieces to pass.

If it has been several hours since she ate the scissors it is likely too late to induce vomiting, the pieces will likely be out of her stomach. All you can do at that point is watch her closely. If she starts vomiting, has a tense painful belly or refuses to eat or runs a fever (more than 103F rectally) then that can signify a blockage and she should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Surgery may be needed at that point.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.