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He is about 60 pounds and is a lab. There is a sago palm in…

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He is about 60 pounds and is a lab. There is a sago palm in the back and he broke some of the branches off. We don’t think he ate any of it but had it in his mouth. Should I be worried?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?

He is about 8 months old

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Now I am glad to hear its not likely he ate any of this, as it can cause GI upset (ie appetite loss, vomiting) and increased thirst is small doses (In big ones, it can also cause bloody or black stools and liver damage). With this in mind, if he has only had it in his mouth, then we can just rinse his mouth with cool water to remove any residue and monitor. If we were to see any GI upset, we could also treat with an antacid like Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid) or Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac). Whichever you use, we'd give this 20 minutes before food to allow absorption and of course double check with your vet before use if your wee one has any known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Afterwards, we can follow that with a light diet option. Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Ideally, we want to offer this as small frequent meals to keep the stomach settled. But again if he only had it in his mouth then the risk of harm is low and we can use the above as needed for him and possibly block his access to this in the future to be safe.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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