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An_221165 posted:
My 10 pound toy poodle ate some rock salt. I put it down on the back porch to stop from icing. She has not eaten anything since Tuesday and is not drinking either. She has been vomiting and has diarrhea. What should I do. She is about 6 years old and has me freaking out!
Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Poor Princess,
You can do 2 things to help. First, take her to the veterinarian to make sure she is not getting dehydrated and to see if something should be done to ease the upset stomach. Rock salt is very irritating to the canine gastrointestinal tract. The second thing you can do is replace your rock salt with one of the pet safe ice melt products. In tomorrow's "Tales ffrom the Pet Clinic" I will talk about more winter hazards for pets.
Ann Hohenhaus
An_221166 replied to Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM's response:
I did take her to the vet and they kept her their for two days. She is on a special diet for the next week and on antibiotics and antinausea meds for the next week as well. She seems much better now. Thank you for the advice.


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