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My 13 week schnauzer just ate a tea bag ( no string)

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My 13 week schnauzer just ate a tea bag ( no string) caffinated
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: he weighs about 10 lbs and took it from the garbage it was wet and used
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am glad to hear that the bag had no string and was used but the amount of caffeine in a dog this size can be concerning. CLICK HERE for more information on caffeine issues in dogs where it lists clinical signs as:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Restlessness
  • Vomiting
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Hypertension (elevated blood pressure)
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Tremors
  • Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature)
  • Seizures
  • Collapse
  • Death



If your dog ingested this within the last hour then you can induce vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide 1 tsp per ten pounds (i.e. 1 tsp) then walk around to mix it in the stomach and agitate the lining. If no vomiting within 10-15 minutes it can be repeated once only in hopes of inducing vomiting.

If there is no vomiting then I would consider a veterinary er to give stronger medications to induce vomiting. The caffeine maybe an issue but with his size and the bag the second concern is obstruction from the bag itself.

I hope this information makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both today

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier. How is your little one? Were you able to induce vomiting? I would love an update when you are able...

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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