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My 13 lb Yorkie ate part of a swimming ball made of foam.

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My 13 lb Yorkie ate part of a swimming ball made of foam. Will she be ok?

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

Millie and she is a year and a half

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

She eats anything that doesn’t eat her first!

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok

I'm sorry to hear that Millie ate part of a swimming ball made of foam.
While this isn't a truly toxic thing and it may pass, especially if she chewed it up into small pieces, if she ate it within the last 2 hours it's worth trying to get her to vomit it back up.

You can give her 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of 3% hydrogen peroxide soaked up with bread chunks or mixed with some ice cream. Then take her outside and run her around to get the peroxide bubbling and irritate her stomach lining so she vomits.
If no vomiting in 10 minutes repeat the peroxide dose once.

If she vomits and seems to clear her stomach and be done I would check to see if the foam chunks are present.

If she vomits the foam to try and settle her stomach you can give her either:
1) Pepcid-ac (famotidine) at a dose of one half of a 10mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 12 hours.
OR
2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one quarter of a 20mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 24 hours.
These will reduce stomach acid, decrease irritation, and should help settle her stomach.

Then feed a homemade diet of 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger or boiled, white, skinless chicken, all fats and juices drained off, and 2/3 white rice. Add 1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin, (not pie filling, just pumpkin), to each meal for fiber if she doesn’t vomit the styrofoam or if she only vomits partial pieces to help push the remaining pieces through.

If you don't have peroxide you can get her to an emergency clinic to induce vomiting.

If she doesn't vomit it back up or it has been longer then 2 to 3 hours since she ate the foam and it is too late to induce vomiting, or if you choose not to take her to an emergency clinic still use the bland diet pumpkin to try and get the pieces to pass.

If she doesn't vomit the foam signs of trouble to watch for are if she starts vomiting, has a tense painful belly or refuses to eat or runs a fever (more than 103F rectally) then that can signify a blockage and she should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Surgery may be needed at that point.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok. Thank you. Will my $28 be refunded for the phone call??

I will contact customer service and ask that be done if you want me to, just let me know if we are set here and then I can forward that request to customer service.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I don’t need a phone call. Will I get that money refunded?? I’m sorry if you have answered this, but my service is kind of slow.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
That would be great. I am fine with everything now. Thank you!

Great, I will do so now!

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