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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Puppy may have gotten some aloe vera. She went loosely to

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Puppy may have gotten some aloe vera. She went loosely to restroom. Is listless, and wont eat. What can we do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Please see here: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/aloe/ Was the plant or topical product ingested, please? In most cases saponin toxicity is distressing to my patient but not a serious intoxication. Unfortunately, there's no specific antidote and treatment remains supportive and symptomatic.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Does that mean that it has yo run its course?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes, and in most cases that will suffice. An over the counter antacid such as famotidine (Pepcid) dosed at 0.25 mg/lb once can afford Butterball some comfort.

Was the plant or topical product ingested, please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Should I force Butterball to drink water to avoid dehydration?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

If you believe that Butterball has lost significant fluids from either end of her, a pediatric fluid/electrolyte replacer such as Pedialyte is a good idea. Her daily dose of such a fluid approximates an ounce per pound of body weight which is difficult to administer orally but anything you could get down her would be helpful.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Butterball seems to be getting more lethargic. She won't stand, and her legs collapse from under her.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She threw up some dark green junk.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Butterball just died. I held her in my arms as she took her last breath.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

My condolences for your loss of Butterball.

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