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My 1 yr. old dog just chewed up an empty tube of

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my 1 yr. old dog just chewed up an empty tube of Betamethasone Valerate Ointment USP 0.1%. there might have been less than a teaspoon inside the next move?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

As long as your dog didn't eat the tube (since that could be a blockage risk), we'd not be overly worried here. If anything, this small volume of Betamethasone is only likely to cause a bit of increased thirst, urination, +/- GI upset for the next few days.

With this in mind, to offset the stomach upset, we can plan to start a light diet option for a few days. Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Ideally, we want to offer this as small frequent meals to keep the stomach settled. If you see any signs of nausea, you can also put her onto an OTC antacid like Pepcid (More Info/Dose @ or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ These are usually given 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption and of course you want to double check with your vet before use if your wee one has any know health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Otherwise, the other signs tend to run their course as the medication passes through their system.

Overall, this isn't a major worry for your wee one as long as none of the tube was eaten. So, we'd just want to use the above to avoid stomach upset while keeping an eye on her.

Please take care,

Dr. B.


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