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He ate a baggy of homemade extra salty beef jerky....He

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He ate a baggy of homemade extra salty beef jerky....He seems to really be itching like crazing along with drinking water. His tongue seems a darker pink (This same dog has managed to get into dark chocolate multiple times and live to tell the tale. He's 13.2#s
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Bart.
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Customer: He's 12 years old. A Schipperke/Pomeranian mix.
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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 today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, but can you tell me:

How large was the bag (grams, ounces,etc)?

Are his gums sticky or moist?

Does his stomach seem tender to the touch?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It was one of those sandwich Ziploc's bags. His gum seem normal; dry. His stomach seems fine, though I'm hearing gurgling noises that this brother's stomach isn't making.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

First, I am glad to hear that he is only showing mild signs after this overindulgence. Though if those gums feel dry compared to his brother's, we'd suspect dehydration from the high salt content. Therefore, we do need to make sure he keeps drinking well to counter that. Otherwise, to offset those noises of an unsettled stomach, we can start some supportive care. First, you can try him with an OTC antacid like ike 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.

Afterwards, we can plan to offer a light 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.

Overall high salt doses from jerky can cause serious signs for our dogs. Still, your lad's signs are thankfully mild, so we'd want to try to soothe his stomach and keep him hydrated as this all passes through his system over the next 24 hours.

Please take care,

Dr. B.


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