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My 80 lb austrailian shepherd just ate used tampons out of

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my 80 lb austrailian shepherd just ate used tampons out of my trash can
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 1 year ago.
Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I'm sorry to hear that your pup Kalib ate something he should not have.Tampons are super absorbent and tend to expand quite a bit in the juices of the gastrointestinal system. These may pass but if he just ate it, within the past 2-3 hours, it's worth trying to get him to vomit the pieces back up.You can give him 3 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide mixed with bread chunks or ice cream.Then take him outside and run him around to get the peroxide bubbling so he vomits.If no vomiting in 10 minutes repeat the peroxide dose once.If he vomits and seems to clear his stomach and be done I would check to see if the pieces are present. Once he finishes vomiting and empties his stomach to try and settle his stomach today you can give either:1) Pepcid-ac (famotidine) at a dose of one 10mg tablet per 20 to 40 pounds of body weight every 12 hours. (two 10mg tablets every 12 hours for an 80 pound dog0OR2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one 20mg tablet per 40 to 80 pounds of body weight every 24 hours. (one 20mg tablet every 24 hours for an 80 pound dog)These will reduce stomach acid and should help settle his stomach.Then feed a homemade diet of 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger or boiled, white, skinless chicken, all fats and juices drained off the meat, and 2/3 boiled, plain, white rice. Add 2-3 tablespoons of canned pumpkin, (not pie filling, just pumpkin), to each meal for fiber whether he vomits most of the foreign material back up or not to help push the remaining pieces through.If you don't have peroxide you can get him to an emergency clinic to induce vomiting.If he doesn't vomit it back up or you choose not to take him to an emergency clinic still use the bland diet with pumpkin to try and get the pieces to pass. If it had been several hours since he ate the tampons it would be too late to induce vomiting, the pieces would likely be out of his stomach. All you could do at that point is watch him closely. If he starts vomiting in the next few days, has a tense painful belly or refuses to eat or runs a fever (more than 103F rectally) then that can signify a blockage and he should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. It may be that he didn't vomit all of the pieces back up. Surgery may be needed at that point.Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 1 year ago.
Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your pup. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****