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Our puppy born12/17 has been chewing on an aloe plant.

Our puppy born12/17 has...

Our puppy born12/17 has been chewing on an aloe plant. doesn't look like she ate any but pieces were broken off

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

Maggie.

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

She is tiny. a little over 2lbs. she seems fine

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
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Aloe vera is considered toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. It contains saponins, anthraquinones toxins.

These toxins are primarily gastrointestinal irritants and cause clinical signs of vomiting, lethargy, and diarrhea.

It sounds like Maggie didn't ingest much if any of the plant, but given her tiny size you may see some nausea and loose stools later.

I would be much more concerned if there was evidence that she had eaten a large amount of the plant.

If this just happened you can rinse her mouth with cool water to remove as much sap as possible.

Then I'd take a watch and see approach.

If her appetite seems off or she has loose stools then start a bland diet of 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger (or boiled, white, skinless chicken), all fats and juices drained off the meat, mixed with 2/3 boiled, plain white rice. Feed several small meals a day.

But it is possible she will remain fine and you won't need to do anything.

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