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My dog licked wall plaster and he has a very fragile

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JA: Hi. How can we be of help?
Customer: My dog licked wall plaster and he has a very fragile stomach
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: majo
2 years old If anything he only licked it
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about majo?
Customer: He's a Yorkshire terrier he's sufferered from chronic gastritis before
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 10 months ago.

Hi, I'm Dr Scott. Welcome to JustAnswer, I am working on your answer now, you can expect a written reply sometime within the next five to ten minutes

Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 10 months ago.

Hello again

Sorry to hear Majo has a fragile stomach, this is not unusual in smaller breeds, however I have worked out an answer for you below.

1. Just licking the plaster is unlikely to turn into any very serious toxic incident for your dog so you need not be too worried, however it may cause a mild transient bout of vomiting and / or diarrhoea but this should not be too serious. I will give you some idea how to handle this should it occur.

2. I am aware that some owners use Pepto-Bismol to treat their dogs with gastro-enteritis and report success. Here is a link to a web page which has all the information you might need including dose rates : LINK

3. Some owners try and control the situation with diet alone before they try anything else. This is logical and often works, the basis of this is to give the intestinal tract a complete rest and then bring it back slowly to function, resting the alimentary tract is the critical factor. It would go something like this ...

A. Starve him for 24 hours but make sure he has access to water.

B. The next day feed him four or five small light meals in the day. These meals should be the likes of chicken, fish, scrambled egg etc. with a little rice.

C. If he picks up on this diet gradually reintroduce his normal diet over the next few days.

4. Live yogurt added to the food or given orally can often help. Some gastro-enteritis situations are caused by an imbalance in the bacteria in your dog's gut. Live yogurt is full of " good " bacteria and will seed them into your dog's intestinal tract and restore the balance, the amount you give depends on the size of the dog, one teaspoon twice a day would be fine for a smaller dog such as Majo.

5. Of course if he does develop gastroenteritis and any of the above does not quickly start to work or if he deteriorates further in any way you should have your vet check him over just to be on the safe side. But in any case I should be available online for you the next four or five hours today so please do not hesitate to get straight back to me if Majo's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 10 months ago.

Hello again,

I am just checking back in to see how Majo is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning the plaster licking incident ...

Please get back to me and let me know how things are going.

Regards,

Dr Scott

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