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My dog just ate around 8-10 cigarettes ... I've been reading…

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Hi there ... my dog just ate around 8-10 cigarettes ... I've been reading mixed reviews on how dangerous this is

Veterinarian's Assistant: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?

The cigarettes were newports, my dog is a boxer, 9 months old and around 55-60 lbs

Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 years ago
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It would be ideal to make your dog vomit to be sure that the risk is as low as possible. The toxic level for your companion is around 5 cigarettes.

Here are the instructions on how to make her vomit: http://www.sunrisepetclinicaz.com/vomiting.html

There's more info on nicotine toxicity here: http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/first-aid-for-dogs/toxins-poisons/nicotine-toxicity-in-dogs

After making her vomit, it would be ideal to take her to an ER clinic this evening if your vet's office is not open, and allowing them to monitor her over the course of the evening to ensure no symptoms develop. We worry about vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, muscle fasciculations, etc.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I've been told with boxers it can be dangerous to induce vomiting at home ... unfortunately I don't have the money to take him to the animal ER. I'm afraid this could be fatal
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 years ago

Without inducing vomiting, it very well could be. Boxers, like many other flat-faced breeds, can have difficulty with breathing but in general have no issue with vomiting. You may well have to choose one or the other. If she were my pet, I would go ahead and make her vomit and monitor for changes. There are risks both directions, but it seems to me the one that's the least risky is making her vomit. Based on what we know, she's eaten nearly double the number of cigarettes needed for a toxic dose.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
it's been about 45 minutes and he is acting fine ... ?
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 years ago

You have about 2 hours after a dog eats something for it to leave their stomach. However, it can take many hours before a dog start showing symptoms of a toxicity. They have to absorb some of the toxins before you'll see signs. I wouldn't risk it in this case. If symptoms start and you're unable to take him to the vet, therein the trouble lies. Vomiting should produce the cigarettes and minimize the risk, but not eliminate it, of a nicotine toxicity.

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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 years ago

Checking in to see how your companion is feeling. I hope all is well.

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