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My 8 month old lab ate a very rotting small animal on the

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my 8 month old lab ate a very rotting small animal on the side of the road. Could not get it before he swallowed and it really had a bad smell. Can I give him some Amoxicillin I have as a precaution or just wait and see
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Ron, "watchful waiting" is more appropriate. Amoxicillin has a profound effect on the gastrointestinal flora and may cause GI distress by itself. If I'm concerned that my patient has contracted "food poisoning" from such a dietary indiscretion, I'll usually prescribe metronidazole which is a good choice for the usual Clostridial bacteria responsible. If Finn ingested the animal within two hours, inducing emesis should be considered by dosing him with 45 mL (3 measuring tablespoons) of 3% hydrogen peroxide by means of a small poultry baster placed between his cheek teeth and cheek. He should vomit within 15 minutes. If not, the same dose should be given again. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Finn. How is everything going?

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