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I am sorry to hear you are worried about Jack. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.
Was this a used hand warmer?
These contain iron, and if Jack ate enough iron it can make him sick. Usually all the contents have to be eaten for a dog to get sick. If a small amount only was eaten, he will probably be OK.
How much does Jack weigh? About how much of the contents of the warmer might have been eaten?
He may have digestive upset like vomiting and diarrhea.
If his urine looks red at all, he may have gotten enough iron to need "chelation therapy" to bind the iron in his body, so if his urine remains a normal color, he is probably OK.
I would watch for vomiting and diarrhea and monitor the urine. If the small dog ate all the contents, there could be problems.
I might start them on sucralfate, a prescription medication, to protect the stomach.
Not necessarily; the vomiting may not start for a few hours after getting the iron.
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How is Jack doing?