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My puppy licked up some motor oil. She has vomited several

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My puppy licked up some motor oil. She has vomited several times and now has dry heaves. What should I do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

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If new motor oil is ingested and no vomiting occurs, you will typically see vomiting, diarrhea and an upset stomach. With ingestion of used oil, there can can be significant amounts of lead present in the liquid. This can cause a lead toxicity. Vomiting the used oil is dangerous because it is often then breathed into the lungs and causes aspiration pneumonia. With ingestion of any motor oil you are going to see loose to liquid (and quite oily) diarrhea for a few days. Because she is vomiting I am not going to have you feed her anything at this time.

If the motor oil had significant amounts of lead in it, a lead toxicity can cause vomiting, abdominal pain, anorexia, seizures, drunken gait, erratic behavior, dementia, muscle spasms, and blindness.

So if this was used motor oil I would advise a veterinary er tonight. If this was new motor oil I would withhold food tonight and see your regular veterinarian in the morning to ensure there are no other complications from this ingestion. Please limit water for several hours and if she begins to vomit even water after reintroduced in limited quantities please remove that as well and consider the er for injectable anti nausea medications and to rehydrate her to bypass the intestinal tract...

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
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