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My English dog swallowed approx 3/4 tube of sodium chloride

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My English bull dog swallowed approx 3/4 tube of sodium chloride ophthalmic ointment USP 5% we recovered the tube and lid but not sure how much ointment was swallowed or eaten. Should I take him to the Er vet clinic?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 1 year ago.

Hello again and thanks for waiting.

I have worked out an answer for you ...

No need for you to do anything in this sort of situation, your dog should be just fine.

1. This type of product is usually used for short term treatment treating of swelling of the cornea of the eye. Basically it is a hypertonic salt solution, it works by drawing water out of the cornea. The good news is that sodium chloride is just salt of the sort you might put on your food and so is not toxic to dogs, you may perhaps see a mild transient bout of vomiting and / or diarrhoea but even this is unlikely because of the small amounts involved in your case.

2. Of course you should keep a good eye on your dog and contact a local vet if any odd symptoms arise but really I do not see this happening

I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you.


Dr Scott

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