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I have two bulldogs and they ate the hickory pellets used…

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I have two bulldogs...

I have two bulldogs and they ate the hickory wood pellets used for a Yoder smoker I have. Will they pass them or do I need to do something else to get them to throw them up?

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?

Polka and Vampis. 4 and 3 years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is Polka?

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Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago

How large are these pellets? How much did each dog consume and how much do they weigh?

How long ago did the ingestion occur?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Pellets are tiny 1/8 round by 1” Long. 2 hours ago
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
They ate a few mouthfuls
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago

And how much do they weigh?​

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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago

Since the pellets are so tiny, they're likely to pass through the GI tract without too much concern. The larger the dog the more likely full transit will occur without risk of blockage. After the 2 hour mark, the stomach contents is likely to have passed through to the intestines. In short, inducing vomiting is likely not indicated. You may wind up seeing a GI upset from the pellets being passed. I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companions stomachs feel better, should you see any signs of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. 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. If you need help finding a location that can see your pet (even just to keep on hand), I can help. I’ll need you to provide your location as the website does not give us this.

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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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago

Checking in. How are Polka and Vampis doing today? Any GI symptoms thus far?

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