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katie_rosie
00:54:14 Tue
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Terrible fright with our puppy

Tonight I spent 2 hours at the vets with our 5 1/2 months old puppy.

Due to a lot of things happening at once. I had just got in from work, was sorting out food, dog pills, telephone rang and door bell went at same time. I shut the drawer and went to answer the door. Unbeknown to me a packet of paracetamol had fell out of the drawer and baby Katie had ran off with them.

I heard someone yell and ran into the living room to see her demolishing them as fast as she could. Was able to see she had definitely eaten 2, ? 3. Rang the vet despite everyone thinking I was "fussing" and was told to get her over immediately. Paracetamol were highly toxic.

They had to give her an injection to make her sick. Poor little thing was so sick. Vet was able to pick out two of the pills plus what looked like a third. Our only sunlight on the whole thing was the fact that just five minutes before she had eaten a meal. Apparently at her tender age puppies absord things much faster than older dogs so we can only keep our fingers crossed. She got the injection to make her sick, another to cover her tummy and some tablets to coat her tummy for the next few days as apparently paracetamol can ulcerate the gut/bowel. We just have to wait and see now and hope for the best.

Reason I am posting this is to say to you all, make sure your medicines are safely away. I thought mine were but it only took a hassled moment for something like that to happen. Thank goodness I trusted my own instincts to phone the vet. If I had left it, the outcome could have been very bleak. If in doubt, phone the vet.

Its taught me a hard lesson to be much more careful in future no matter how hassled I feel!

Fingers crossed that all goes well for little Katie please!:sad:


  
SashasMum
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Oh my goodness poor Katie and poor you, what a horrible fright!

I know what you mean about tablets, the plastic popper wrappers make them irresistible to our inquisitive babies!! I have caught Sasha with one, but luckily it was empty.

Thank you for the warning though, it's easy to forget just how toxic these things can be to dogs and it sounds like it can be even worse for puppies.

Poor wee Katie!! Please give her extra hugs from me and Sasha and I hope she feels much better soon. I am sure your quick action has prevented any future side affects.

Take care, big kisses for Katie
Karen:wave:

  
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Sorry to hear Katie hasbeen in the wars Helen. What are they like! they will eat anything when they are pups - Tash once ate some ant killer that was safely tucked out of the way and we had th same experience, not pleasent at all. Having a child as well now all medicines / chemicals are all at head height, hopefully it will eliminate the risk of either the dogs / child ever needing to be rushed to the relevant doctor / vet.

Hope all goes well and Katie is ok and that you also have recovered, I'm sure Katie will be as it sounds like you acted straight away - as for fussing its better to be safe than sorry as your experience proves.

Fingers crossed by all in Wales, Paul

  
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Here's hoping Katie is fine, it sounds like you acted quickly enough. It also sounds like the after-effects in dogs are similar to people overdosing on paracetamol. Give her a hug from us, hopefully it won't be repeated by any of our dogs - they are just too nosey for their own good :smash6:



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katie_rosie
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Hi Everyone

Well thankfully Katie is fine and in tiptop form tonight. Rosie, bless her kept going to Katie last night to nuzzle and lick her little face. Rosie was really worried. I had nightmares! Im a wee bit paranoid now and keep looking for pills and things everywhere!

Paul - that is what my mum says - when you have children you get used to making sure everything is out of reach.
I learnt a lesson last night.

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Glad to hear that Katie is back to her usual self!! I was wondering how Rosie would deal with it, they are normally so sensitive to their "sibling's" sufferings.

I suppose it's true what we say about children and medicine, but like you said, it was a stressed moment, and us Mums have been known to have a few of them too!!!

Glad she is ok Helen, must have been terrifying - I know how I felt when Sasha ate all the chocolate at Christmas, I thought I had lost her.

Quick tip if it helps anyone - we had to make Sasha sick after the chocolate she ate on Christmas day. If anyone ever needs to do this - we just gave her a salt water mix, but used a sports cap bottle to squirt it right into her mouth. To say she was annoyed with us was an understatement, but it worked within 10 mins!

Kisses to Katie
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How much salt + water did you give her?

  
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We didnt have to give her that much and to be honest I was too busy stressing to be measuring! Probably about 3ins of water in the bottom of the bottle mixed with enough salt to make it cloudy - if that makes sense??

We squirted some into her mouth (much to Sasha's disgust) and then waited 5 mins or so. Once nothing happened we squirted some more, so I would say she had most of it.

Sorry, hope that makes sense!

Karen :wave:

  
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Glad to hear tha Katie is feeling better. It must have been such a worrying time for you.

Paracetomols can be lethal to humans with only a few taken above the prescribed dose, let alone what they could do to a poor boxer baby with not as much body mass to absorb it.

It is lucky you were there to catch her in the act - imagine how much worse it could have been if she had got hold of them whilst you were out.

I think that is a lesson to us all - especially as boxers like to investigate absolutely everything.

I will certainly think twice before leaving anything lying around now.

Caroline, Tia, Kirei and Henry Monster



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Glad things worked out ok in the end! What a terrible position to find yourself in!
I'll bet everything will be double and trebile checked in future!

  

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