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My 12 year old black lab is very lethargic. She just lays

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My 12 year old black lab is very lethargic. She just lays there. She had a spot on her leg that she has licked and has a sore. Last night I put The Healer from Perfectly Posh on it. I'm afraid she licked it. The Healer contains: Shea Butter, Beeswax, Orange Oil, Vanilla Extract, Pink Grapefruit Oil and Tocopherol Tocopheryl Acetate. I'm afraid this has made her ill...
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: She was fine this morning when she woke up. It was about 11:00 or so when I noticed she was really lethargic.
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.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your Lab. Of all the ingredients, grapefruit oil may be the culprit. Grapefruit seed extract contains quaternary ammonium compounds and cationic detergents similar to those found in common household cleansers. The signs of toxicity might include oral ulcers; hypersalivation, vomiting +/- blood, weakness, anorexia, hyperthermia; dermal erythema (redness), pain, and ulceration. There's no specific antidote to this intoxication. Diluting the grapefruit oil by offering extra food and tasty liquids such as milk, cream, broths, or bouillons, and having her vet prescribe a gastrointestinal protectant such as sucralfate as well as pain relief in the form of a narcotic analgesic should be considered.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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

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