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My 9 lb Chihuahua mix ingested 11 small marble size borax

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My 9 lb Chihuahua mix ingested 11 small marble size borax mixture (sugar, borax, flour) balls. She threw them up within 30 minutes, largely whole. This happened approx 2 hours ago. She has drank around 1/4 Cup water. She has been resting/sleeping with occasional twitching but otherwise acting normal. Should we take her to an ER clinic?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the Chihuahua?
Customer: We did call our vets office and they asked if she had been continuing to throw up after the first time....negative. Also was there blood in her stool yet.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

No, an ER visit isn't necessary for two reasons. The first is that borax (boric acid, borates) is considered of very low toxicity in dogs and the second is that she decontaminated herself by vomiting in a "housecleaning" manner - thoroughly emptying her stomach. Transient gastrointestinal distress in the form of inappetence, vomiting and/or diarrhea may arise because the borax is a GI irritant but she wasn't intoxicated. I would simply withhold food for at least 6 hours after her last vomiting episode in order to rest her GI tract. Water should be left down unless drinking induces more vomiting at which time ice cubes for her to lick should replace her water. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.