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Dog ate a very small amount of Desitin. She vomited what

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Dog ate a very small amount of Desitin. She vomited what looked like most of it up. Since then she has vomited yellow liquid a couple of times.
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 and age?
Customer: Violet, she's 5 years old and weighs 9 lbs.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Violet?
Customer: She's in good health.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. In order to give an informative and concise answer, it may take a few minutes before I respond back to you, so don't be alarmed if you don't hear back immediately if you have responded back to me within 10 minutes of my response. I do have a couple more questions, though, to see if I can better assess your situation.

Has she eaten or drank anything since the vomiting?

How is she acting otherwise?

Does her abdomen seem painful?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
she had water
she's acting ok
abdomen is fine
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the information. If she ingested a very small amount, and it looked like she vomited most of it out, she will most likely be fine. Zinc toxicosis is the primary concern with diaper rash ointments, but only about 10% if the zinc is absorbed through the GI tract, then end up vomiting most of it up, essentially decontaminating themselves. I know if dogs who have eaten 3 oz of this and were fine after vomiting a few times. It should be safe to keep an eye on her. If she continues to vomit, has pale gums, seems weak, has abdominal pain or doesn't want to eat, I would have her seen by a vet immediately. Otherwise, do everything like you would normally do with her. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 12 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. John
Expert:  Dr. John replied 12 months ago.

Hello. I was following up to see how Violet is doing and to see if you have any further questions.