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1- How long has it been since they ate the pad?
2- How big was the pad?
3- How much do they weigh?
4- Do you have hydrogen peroxide 3%?
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Friend, the concern would be a possible obstruction by the pad. To induce vomiting you would need to pick up hydrogen peroxide 3% in your local pharmacy. Ideally we need to induce vomiting within 2 hours of ingestion, so you need to move quickly and pick up some peroxide. This is what you can do:
1- Give them each 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide orally to induce vomiting.
2- Allow them to walk for a minute and move their belly to mix stomach content with peroxide. If they do not vomit within 5-10 minutes, repeat it again. Can give a total of 3 times 5-10 minutes apart.
3- If they do not vomit or you do not see the pad in the vomit change their diet for the next 3-5 days to rice (75%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (25%). The idea is for the rice to help pass the pad in the feces.
4- If during the next 3-5 days you see the following symptoms: lethargy, anorexia, vomiting, constipated or diarrhea, etc. follow up immediately with a veterinarian. These are all signs of potential obstruction of the intestinal tract. In the meantime, observe and change their diet as above then wean back into their regular diet.
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I would not recommend you use salt; it can cause salt poisoning. If you can not pick up peroxide change their diet as described above.
In my experience this type of foreign body tend to stay in the stomach longer than 2 hours, so, I would go ahead and try to induce vomiting.
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