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My husband took out a trash can thats on our deck and

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My husband took out a trash can thats on our deck and usually just has cardboard, etc. But apparently one of his family members dumped left over beef and noodles into that trash can and we didn't know. This would of happened at least 2-3 months ago because thats the last time they were here. Well when he took bag out of the can, it broke and the beef and noodles went everywhere. I wasn't home, and my husband didn't think to put dogs inside immediately and just let them eat it. He said probably 2 bowls worth of food. Disgusting!! I have no idea what he was thinking!! Anyway this was about 2 hours ago, no vomiting from either dog(a 20 lb rat terrier and a 45 lb lab mix); but my rat terrier was shaking a little bit ago like he does when he gets scared, but he wasn't scared. He is laying down and sleeping now, as is my lab. Should I be worried? What do I do??
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Hi Ashley, thanks for your question. Can you answer some additional questions for me?

1) how old are both of your dogs?
2) Any medical concern history for either of them?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My rat terrier is 9 years old, my lab mix is 5 years old. Neither of them have any medical history other than a little arthritis in my rat terrier.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

When it comes to any type of food ingestion, whether that's old or food that's not old, we always worry about vomiting and diarrhea. Typically, it's the smaller of the two dogs who usually has stomach issues, so I would keep a very close eye on your rat terrier. Labs tend to have a stronger stomach, hopefully that means he will do just fine.

If you see any vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, refusal to eat, drink, wobbling when walking, retching and producing no vomiting, straining to produce stool, etc. you'll need to have the pup in question seen by a vet. In the meanwhile, keep feeding them normally and otherwise carry on like nothing happened. If you are going to see signs of concern, it should be within the first 48 hours to follow ingestion of the food in question.

You may wish to obtain some famotidine, just in case. This can help settle a dog's stomach if they are feeling unwell. Dosing instructions are available here: and you can give it prophylactically for a few days if you wish. It won't hurt either of them.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Willis. How is everything going?