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Dr. Michael Salkin
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I have 4 small poodles and my father in law left his hearing

Customer Question

I have 4 small poodles and my father in law left his hearing aid out and one or more of the dogs eat it is there something I should look for befour I freak out
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: No problem yet but I just found one piece of the hearing aid can't find rest of it
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: They don't seem to hurt yet but are there thing I should watch for
JA: OK. No obvious pain. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: I have 4 there 2 years old
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Oreo,cocoa,ginger and gigi
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about ginger?
Customer: I don't know they seem fine now but I'm not sure what to watch for will they vomit or will it pass through
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

The disc battery in that hearing aid poses the most danger to your dogs. Here's a quick summary of this kind of ingestion:

Potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide, cadmium, lithium, mercuric oxide, and zinc.

Button-cell Battery

General Information
Ingestion of button-cell batteries can lead to esophageal erosions due to the release of potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide. Batteries in the stomach can cause gastric erosions and ulceration. These erosions may develop within 12 hours, with the area in contact with the battery suffering the greatest damage.

Toxic Dose

Lack of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, and drooling.

Immediate Action
Seek veterinary attention.

Veterinary Care
General treatment: The button-cell battery may be removed with an endoscope. This allows for an exam of the esophagus and stomach at the same time. Abdominal surgery may need to be performed if endoscopy is unsuccessful at retrieving the battery.

Supportive treatment: Secondary conditions such as erosions or ulcers are treated with medications and dietary changes. The pet is monitored for symptoms of mercury or heavy metal poisoning and treated if necessary.

Specific treatment: Unavailable

Good, if the button-cell battery is removed immediately.

I understand the dilemma of having to X-ray four dogs but that should be considered at this time. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.