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My puppy ate wood from doorframe and now it’s...

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18 Jun 2021

My puppy ate wood from doorframe and now it’s throwing up and has blood in their stool
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18 Jun 2021

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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
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Good evening, I’m Dr. Gates and I’m happy to assist you this evening.

My job here is to assess whether or not you pet needs to be examined and diagnostic tests run or if we can manage things safely at home.

I will do my best to go through everything with you and give you my professional advice based on the history and clinical signs. The more information I have the better the job I can do to help get you some answers for your pet.

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

I'm so sorry to hear that Eliza is having issues. Gastrointestinal upset is likely the most common cause of his issues. However, foreign body obstructions are possible depending on the type of wood, if it's composite, has glue, etc.

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

The blood in stool is likely due to the small shards. Splinters can cause damage throughout the GI tract. A trip to the local ER would be the safest option due to the wide range of issues that can be caused by the ingestion of foreign material.

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

If you can't get to the local ER, then there are my recommendations for how best to proceed.

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

What to Do

  • Remove all food and water.
  • Check for signs of dehydration.
  • If the diarrhea and/or vomiting continues or the pet acts ill, seek veterinary attention. Diarrhea and vomiting can quickly lead to serious fluid loss and electrolyte imbalance, especially in very young and very old animals.
  • If no vomiting occurs for 6 to 8 hours, begin to frequently give small amounts of clear liquids (water, Gatorade, Pedialyte, or other electrolyte solution). A rule of thumb is to give 1 teaspoon per pound of body weight every 2 or 3 hours throughout the day and night. If your pet does not vomit the fluid, the following day offer small frequent meals of boiled hamburger and rice or boiled chicken and rice. If your pet does not want to eat, starts to vomit, or continues to have diarrhea, go to the veterinarian for medical care.
  • Isolate the sick pet from other pets.

What NOT to Do

  • Do not administer any over-the-counter or prescription medications to your pet without talking to a veterinarian first.
  • Do not allow the pet to eat or drink anything until there has been no vomiting for 6 to 8 hours.
18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

The most common mistake with a vomiting pet is to encourage food and water intake while the pet is still vomiting. This actually makes matters worse by not allowing the stomach and intestinal tract time to rest, and can cause additional vomiting and water loss. Removing access to food and water for a short period of time may seem like it would make dehydration worse, but it can help your pet avoid further dehydration. Dehydration makes your pet feel lethargic, and can potentially cause severe problems with the kidneys and other internal organs if untreated.

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Dehydration often accompanies symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, hypothermia (low body temperature), fever, no access to water, and other conditions. It can be detected by several tests:

Mouth: Are the tongue and gums moist or dry? If they are dry, there is a chance your pet may be dehydrated. Is the saliva thick or ropey? Normally, saliva is quite watery and hardly noticeable.

Eyes: Are they normal, or do they sink into the sockets? Sunken or dry eyes may indicate dehydration, and warrant veterinary attention.

Skin: Do the skin turgor test outlined in the Physical Exam Checklist. If the skin is slow to return to position, the pet may be moderately to severely dehydrated. If the skin does not return fully to its position, your pet may be severely dehydrated and may be in critical condition. Seek veterinary attention immediately. The skin turgor test is not always accurate and several factors such as age, weight loss and condition of the skin can give misleading results. A veterinary professional can help you determine how dehydrated your pet is, what the cause may be, and the best course of treatment.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Thank you
18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

You're welcome.

If no vomiting occurs after 6 to 8 hours, you can try giving Pepcid AC (famotidine) or Prilosec (omeprazole).

The usual dosage of famotidine or omeprazole for dogs is 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg per pound of body weight given twice a day and is sold as over-the-counter medication.

Pills usually come in a strength of 10 mg, though they also come in amounts of 20 mg. You should continue treatment for 5 days.

If he continues to improve, then you can start a small amount of a bland diet. Instructions can be found here: https://www.arlingtonanimalhospital.biz/storage/app/media/BLAND_DIET.pdf

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

*she

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

If Eliza gets worse at anytime, then I would take her to the local ER. If it's during normal business hours, a general practice should be able to take care of her.

18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

I hope this information was helpful and that Eliza is back to normal soon. You can provide updates and ask follow-up questions by picking up the chat in the window and I will answer when I am next online. Thank you for using Just Answer and have a wonderful evening!

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Really appreciate the help
18 Jun 2021
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18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102

You're welcome. I wish you both the best

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BrandonG102
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