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My dog ate a scented candle mainstain I think. Her name is…

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My dog ate a...

My dog ate a scented candle mainstain I think

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

Her name is ***** ***** is 11 months old a corgi at about 22 lbs

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Lily?

I think that's it

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

How large was this candle?

How long ago was it consumed?

Did she consumed any glass or foil with it, as well?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
4-6 inch candle around 5:30 a.m. this morning there was no glass or foil eaten it
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

This may cause a GI upset, but you may see no symptoms at all. Her stool may take an odd appearance as she passes the wax. If she consumed the wick there is risk of blockage so it will be important to switch her to a bland, fibrous diet for a few days to help push the candle through.

To make the bland diet, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot (note: if your companion is allergic to chicken you can use a protein source they can have such as ground turkey, a filet of salmon, etc). 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.

Monitor closely for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, avoidance of food or water, etc. If any of these or other symptoms arise, you'll need to have your vet evaluate her.

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 6 months ago

Checking in. How is Lily doing today? Did you see any symptoms from the candle ingestion?

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