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My 55 pound dog just ate a small box of the small wooden matches,

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My 55 pound dog just ate a small box of the small wooden matches, 1.5", small green head, 32 per box. They don't have a lot of phosphorus on the end but they are matches. Is this an emergency trip to the vet, or keep an eye out for problems?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.

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The toxicity level of phosphourous can be mild to moderate. Watch for vomiting , lethargy, depression, low heart rate walking drunk

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The matches themselves because they were wooden could be a worry here as well. These can break off and splinter, depending on how the dog chewed them up. The best thing to do is feed the dog a few pieces of whole grain bread which will surround the bro***** *****en pieces and carry them safely through the intestines. Metamucil will do the same, and go by directions on the package. Watch for signs of an obstruction of the bowel should the matches get bound up in one spot. Symptoms of this will be sudden lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.

Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
If you are not sure how much the dog actually ingested then please call your local veterinary hospital or poison control hotline