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My 6 year old American Eskimo dog ate a single Greenie

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Hi, my 6 year old American Eskimo dog ate a single Greenie dental chew, but the bag says the best by date was May 2017. Are there any signs I should look out for in terms of symptoms if my dog starts to get sick?

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

Athena

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

She's 33 pounds

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Very likely Athena will be just fine. I have seen dogs eat much older items without incident :)

As with any ingestion please monitor for vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, reduced appetite but again I suspect you won't see any ill effects from this ingestion.

If GI upset is seen then please take a few precautions:

- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg per pound every 12 hours for 3 days

- Leash walks to help the greenie pass more readily of >15 minutes

- Next meal should be a bland diet of white rice and lean boiled meat such as chicken in small more frequent meals but waiting at least 12 hours after vomiting has subsided if there is this symptom

Indications your dog should be seen by a veterinary er sooner include: sticky gums that are pale, yellow, blue, purple, temperature rectally >103.5, progressive lethargy with less responsiveness to you, vomiting or diarrhea that includes blood, resting respiratory rate (breaths per minute) >60, swollen abdomen.

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