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My dog 8 month puppy just ate about a cup of melted bacon

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My dog 8 month puppy just ate about a cup of melted bacon grease put outside to cool off. What should I do?
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.

Had the grease cooled by the time she ate it?

Any redness or sores in her mouth?

Any retching, gagging, lip licking or vomiting?

Are her gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, does she have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hi again,

I have not heard back from you but as your question is time sensitive I do want to leave my thoughts for your return.

First, if this had still been hot, the thermal burns to the mouth, esophagus, and stomach would be a real worry. That would be an urgent issue we’d want your wee one seen for since gut safe pain relief and gastroprotectants along with removal of as much as grease as possible from her stomach.

Otherwise, if it was cool then we can all breathe a wee sigh of relief. The ingestion is still a concern but that would be the major worry here. Otherwise, our other dilemma with bacon grease ingestion is that this fatty grease can cause GI upset, diarrhea, and can trigger pancreatitis in sensitive animals.

With this in mind and with how recently she had this, we can choose to induce vomiting to just get as much out of her stomach as possible. To induce vomiting at home, you can administer 3% hydrogen peroxide orally at a dose of 1ml per pound. (2 teaspoons per 10 pounds of body weight). You can give it via dropper, syringe, turkey baster – we just want to get it in. After giving this orally, move the abdomen around or get your wee one walking about to get things mixing. This should usually lead to vomiting. If it is unsuccessful after 10 minutes then it can be repeated twice more. And if we still have no vomiting, then you'd need to consider seeing your local vet (or ER vet) so that apomorhpine (a very strong injectable emetic) can be administered just get this out of the stomach and avoid any adverse issues.

Otherwise, to offset any GI upset from this, we’d want to start her on a light low fat 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. And just to note, this will help reduce her diarrhea load as well.

Further to this, to offset nausea, we can also treat with 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.

Finally, if we use these supportive measures but see any signs of profuse vomiting, appetite loss, or belly pain (especially in the region just past the end of the rib cage, where the pancreas lies); then we would need to plan to have her seen so that she can be checked for pancreatitis and be treated with symptomatic care (ie injectable anti-nausea treatment, gut safe pain relief, fluids, etc) to settle her after this wee misadventure. And again if it was hot when ingested, that would be an urgent situation for her.

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Please take care,

Dr. B.


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