Saturday Jan 24, 2015
Home dogs cannot talk but they are opportunistic. This Schnauzer saw two bars of the Swiss chocolate Toberlone and quickly swallowed one bar and a bit of the other before the owner spotted him. That was around 2 hours ago.
"The maid had put salt into his mouth but he would not vomit out the chocolates," the young lady said.
"Salt is a natural way to induce vomiting," I tried to place some salt on my forefinger and stick it at the back of his tongue as my assistant opened his mouth. No vomitng. I tried again another 3 times. Nothing happened. I had syringed in 2 ml of water and he had swallowed. But no vomiting. The dog must be salty by now. .
"Isn't there an injection to make him vomit?" the lady asked.
"Salt does work and is the natural way as compared to an injection."
After 10 minutes of no vomiting, I gave this dog 0.6 ml of 2% xylazine IM. Xylazine injections often induces vomting depending on the dosage and sometimes it does not work.
I asked Intern Ng to continue with her own work as I placed the dog inside the kennel. Within 5 minutes he vomited out all the melted chocolate and water. Evidence is there. We were all very happy
I gave the dog an IV drip to flush out any chocolate products inside the blood. The dog went home to a happy family. No food for one day to let the stomach settle down.