Your dog’s dental health is important and maybe you’ve already shared your toothpaste with your pooch, thinking of all the benefits that good teeth brushing can bring them (for example, getting rid of that bad breath that dogs always have)!
Unfortunately, if your dog ate toothpaste they should be monitored because the ingredients in our toothpaste are toxic to them, and in some cases, they can provoke severe reactions and even be deadly.
Treatment of Toothpaste Poisoning in Dogs
Whether or not your veterinarian will induce vomiting depends on the amount of xylitol ingested and the time since ingestion. If your dog is asymptomatic, vomiting will likely be induced. In either case, whether visible symptoms are present or not, your dog will be hospitalized in order to start intravenous therapy.
The levels of phosphorous, liver enzymes, blood coagulation, and bilirubin concentration will be assessed every 24 hours for at least three days. Liver function will be checked carefully throughout your pet’s hospital stay. The blood glucose will need to be monitored closely, with a verification of the level by the veterinarian or vet technician every hour (sometimes two hours) for a total duration of twelve hours, until the level has been corrected.
Liver protectants, antioxidants, and vitamin E may be administered. Plasma and/or blood transfusions may be required if coagulopathy is present.
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Symptoms of Toothpaste Poisoning in Dogs
Pet owners may benefit from the use of xylitol in their diets, or oral care. However, use of this product must be avoided around our canine family members. If your dog consumes toothpaste, you may see the following symptoms:
Its important to note, there have been cases where dogs (and other common house pets) have not shown visible symptoms until liver failure occurred.
How long does it take for xylitol poisoning symptoms to show up?
A lot of it will depend on the size of your dog and how much toothpaste he ate. however, poisoning symptoms (shaking, vomiting, disorientation, etc) will show up anywhere from 10-60 minutes from the time he’s eaten it. It’s important to make you don’t wait for symptoms to show up, though. As soon as you’ve discovered that he’s chomped his way into a tube of toothpaste, grab him and get into a car to get to your vet (take the toothpaste with you, too).
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