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She got into my box of donuts and ate at least three to four…

She got into my...

She got into my box of donuts and ate at least three to four chocolate covered donuts. She is a full grown lab around 90 pounds.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?

Bailey and shes two

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bailey?

No shes really healthy. It has been around six hours but I haven't seen her throw up or anything. She just ate a bowlful of dog food and drank some water.

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How long ago were these consumed?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
About six hours

Thanks to her size and the fact that there were only chocolate covered, she's likely going to only experience GI upset if she experiences any symptoms at all. Labs, as a whole, tend to have pretty stable GI constitution when it comes to eating things they should not consume.

Although she hasn't shown any signs of feeling unwell, she may in the next 12-24 hours. If this happens, I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. However, if you do not see a marked improvement from your pet or you see worsening of symptoms, they absolutely must be examined by a veterinarian.

It often helps to give medication to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber a few hours later once the medication has been given time to work. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, restore/improve the appetite, avoid or address changes in the stool, help to move ingested items through the GI tract, etc.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with GI symptoms. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0 (this video is of a dog as it shows the finer details of how to complete the action, this method can be used in dogs, cats and other mammals needing oral medications). [Note: once symptoms have resolved for at least 48 hours, discontinue the famotidine.]

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make the bland diet, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot (note: if your companion is allergic to chicken you can use a protein source they can have such as ground turkey, a filet of salmon, etc). Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. My recommendation is a 10% switch every day. Day 1: 10% new food, 90% old food; Day 2: 20% new food, 80% old food; Day 3: 30% new food, 70% old food, etc. This slow switch process should minimize any risk of GI upset from changing food.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Will proto do the same thing as pepcid?
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Meant pepto

Pepto doesn't tend to work as well in animals, but I can give you the dosage to use if you need it. I would use pepcid, personally. Dosage for pepto: http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/pepto-bismol-for-dogs/

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
She just seems real hungry right now. Up walking around more than usual tonight.

She can be fed and watered, but do not permit her to eat or drink too much. Some dogs will act hungry or thirsty when nauseated and by over-indulging they will induce vomiting. When in doubt, give GI medication and fast following a consumption like this.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok will keep a watch on her. Thank you.

You're welcome. I hope she does well. Good luck!

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Customer reply replied 29 days ago
She is fine. She felt bad for a couple of days, but she is back to her old self. Thank you so very much for helping me.
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