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My 13 year old golden retriever just ate a pile of insullation (don't know if it had fiberglass in it)). She seems fine right now. She spit up a little right after eating it about 1 hr ago

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?

Chula

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Chula?

She is very healthy, some arthritis, but I give her glucosamine daily. I only feed her dry dog food

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 8 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 8 months ago

I am very sorry to see that no one has reached out to you before now. How is your companion at this time?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
She seems to be fine. Should I give her a raw egg to make her vomit?
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 8 months ago

Raw egg seldom makes dogs vomit effectively. Additionally, if she consumed the insulation around 3pm (when the question was posted) it would already be outside of her stomach. Typically we don't recommend inducing vomiting with these type of potential ingestions.

Since she's "spit up" recently, I am going to give you a GI protocol to use at home. I would recommend that you have her examined and treated as insulation, especially that with fiberglass, can be a severe GI irritant.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with GI symptoms. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0 (this video is of a dog as it shows the finer details of how to complete the action, this method can be used in dogs, cats and other mammals needing oral medications).

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make this, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. My recommendation is a 10% switch every day. Day 1: 10% new food, 90% old food; Day 2: 20% new food, 80% old food; Day 3: 30% new food, 70% old food, etc. This slow switch process should minimize any risk of GI upset from changing food.

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Checking in. How is Chula?

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