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My dog ate or swallowed a peach pit about 40 minutes ago.

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my dog ate or swallowed a peach pit about 40 minutes ago. what do you recommend i do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

How much does your dog weigh, please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Two month's ago he was 23lbs but he has definitely gained some weight so about 25lbs maybe a little more.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He's also 11 years old and sleeping at the moment but hasn't acted differently within the 40-50 mins that he ate/swallowed it.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. A 25 lb dog should be able to pass a peach pet unaided particularly if it were chewed and broken into pieces. You may read that the pit contains cyanide and is dangerous. You can ignore that as it would take more pits than your dog could possible ingest to cause such toxicity.

Gastrointestinal obstruction should always be a concern although unlikely to occur in your dog. The hallmarks of obstruction are persistent vomiting and anorexia and should prompt having X-rays taken of your dog's abdomen. If you believe the pit to have been ingested whole, inducing emesis with 3% hydrogen peroxide dosed at 30 mL (2 measuring tablespoons) by means of a small poultry baster placed between his cheek teeth and cheek should cause vomiting within 15 minutes. If not, the same dose should be administered. Please keep me posted.