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He is 4.5 lbs chi. He ate one grape. Do you think I need to…

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He is 4.5 lbs...

He is 4.5 lbs chi. He ate one grape. Do you think I need to take him in

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?

Briggs

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

How long ago did he get this?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Just within the last half hr.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Alright, now with it having been so recently, we are best to be proactive here. The frustration with grapes is that the toxin isn't known and the dose seems to vary by grape. So, some dogs get away with having a bunch and others suffer kidney damage after one. so, we are best just being safe here with Briggs.

So, we can induce vomiting now. To induce vomiting at home, you can administer 3% hydrogen peroxide orally at a dose of 1ml per pound. (2 teaspoons per 10 pounds of body weight). You can give it via dropper, syringe, turkey baster – we just want to get it in. After giving this orally, move the abdomen around or get your wee one walking about to get things mixing. This should usually lead to vomiting. If it is unsuccessful after 10 minutes then it can be repeated twice more. And if we still have no vomiting, then you'd need to consider seeing your local vet (or ER vet) so that apomorphine (a very strong injectable emetic) can be administered just get this out of the stomach and avoid any adverse issues.

As well or alternatively, you can also consider administering activated charcoal at this stage. This is available over the counter from the pharmacy (ask for the high strength version, not the one for gas) and works by binding any remaining material in the stomach. For activated charcoal, we tend to give 1-4 grams per pound every 8 hrs. This can be mixed with food to be fed or with water to syringe feed (do note that it stains, so keep it away from white carpets/clothes). This will just limit how much is absorbed and reduce the intoxication risk here.

Finally, after the above, we do want to try to address any potential GI upset here for the next 24-48 hours. To do so, you can consider offering a light diet option for a few days. 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.

And any struggles with the above and we are best having him seen to be safe to just get this out. In this situation, just in case you do wish to see an ER vet, you can check @ http://www.vetlocator.com/ or https://www.veccs.org/facility-directory/

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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