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My dog ate about 3-4 inches off a plumeria cutting a couple

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My dog ate about 3-4 inches off a plumeria cutting a couple hours ago while I was running an errand. He threw up about 4-5 times. Most of the plumeria as well as his breakfast seemed to come out. he seems to be acting pretty normal now. I've read that plumeria stems can be toxic to dogs, depending on the site you read. My dog is a an 8 year old Toy fox terrier about 8 pounds. Should I take him to a vet? Should I try to get him to eat and drink? Thank you!

This site (and its UC Davis so reliable)

lists plumeria as a 4 which means

"Dermatitis: The juice, sap, or thorns of these plants may cause a skin rash or irritation. Wash the affected area of skin with soap and water as soon as possible after contact. The rashes may be very serious and painful. Call the Poison Control Center or your doctor if symptoms appear following contact with the plants. "

So it is likely the sap caused some irritation to the digestive tract which resulted in the vomiting to get rid of it.

You may want to see if he will drink something for you to help sooth any irritation from the plant fluids or the vomiting. You might try a half cup of milk but be aware that can be a mild laxative too.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.

He seems like he is hungry and thirsty. Should I give him food and water and just monitor him or do you think it is necessary to take him to the vet? Thank you very much

You can give him his dinner if he is interested but if he is still irritated he may vomit again. I'd let him have water and maybe 1/3 of his dinner and if he holds that down for a half hour or so then give him the rest of it.

If he becomes really ill seeming then see the vet but with him vomiting it up and it mostly being an irritant it sounds like he should be OK.

If he is relucant to eat dry food you might give him canned food for a meal or two or soften the dry food with broth.

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