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I think he swallowed a AAA battery

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Dojo hes a pitbull and 6months

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Dojo

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6months. Might have swallowed a battery.

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

This would be a potentially dangerous ingestion as these alkaline batteries contain potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide (lye). If punctured and the compounds come in contact with tissue, liquefaction necrosis (cell death) occurs, resulting deeply penetrating ulcers. This is a situation where vomiting should NOT be induced. This could make the corrosive injuries worse. Additionally, depending on the battery size, vomiting may cause esophageal obstruction. Activated charcoal should not be used either. It will not bind the toxic components and may increase the chances of vomiting.

The main components of therapy are to dilute the caustic materials and remove the batteries from the gastrointestinal tract. Dilution is achieved by rinsing the mouth and exposed skin copiously and by giving small amounts of lukewarm water by mouth every 10-15 minutes.

Once the battery has been located by radiographs, removal is via endoscopy or surgery. The sooner this is accomplished, the better the prognosis for preventing obstruction or absorption of heavy metals. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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