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We think he just ate a mothball. About a 60 pound mountain…

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We think he just...

We think he just ate a mothball

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What sort of animal are we talking about?

About a 60 pound mountain cur

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. The Expert will know if the cur will be able to digest that. What is the cur's name and age?

Gunner about 4 we adopted not sure on age but close

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I am sorry to hear Gunner may have eaten a mothball. They are toxic, but a single mothball is unlikely a large enough dose to make a large dog sick.

If this just happened and you want to be safe, try to get him to vomit it. Put 1/2 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide in some milk of ice cream to get him to drink it; he should empty his stomach in about 5 to 10 minutes.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I am researching; there are different kinds of mothballs; naphthalene is the most toxic. The toxic dose of naphthalene is considered to be 411 mg per kg of body weight, at 60 pounds, and only one mothball, Gunner got about 100 mg per kg, so that would be a low dose.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I hope you were able to see my response; I have not heard back from you!

How is Gunner doing? Please let me know if this was helpful or if you have any other questions.

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