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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Inhaled powder magnesium carbonate, ongoing "coughing" for

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Inhaled powder magnesium carbonate, ongoing "coughing" for 16 hours.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: 7 years beagle/lab bingo!
JA: What is the beagle's name?
Customer: bingo!
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about bingo?
Customer: no
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Bingo! Such an unsual route of intoxication by magnesium carbonate has been recognized. Animal experiments with magnesium carbonate dust produce a slight fibrosis (scarring of the lungfields). After prolonged exposure to high concentrations, pulmonary deposition and retention of magnesium carbonate occurred. There's no specific antidote but partial cough suppression should be considered at this time because such lengthy coughing is likely to cause as much damage as the inhaled dust. X-rays of Bingo!'s lungs should be performed in order to determine the extent of inhaled dust and oxygen supplementation (oxygen cage, e.g.) considered if his oxygen saturation has dropped below 90% as determined by a pulse oximeter.

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