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YIKES!? Lab ate 1 lb of grain. Suggestions please

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    YIKES!? Lab ate 1 lb of grain. Suggestions please

    My daughter just called after discovering her lab ate a pound of mixed grains originally destined for her husband's beer making. Google did not yield helpful results so we opted to turn to COTHers for suggestions.

    We don't know when he got into the grain in the last 7 hours. At this point his stomach is not swollen and he's acting normally. He does have grain allergies so he's been given benedryl as previously recommended by his vet for allergies.

    If he wasn't acting normal my daughter would have already had him to the ER vet and if there are changes then she won't hesitate to do that, but in the meantime we would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!

    Hydrogen peroxide is always a quick fix if you KNOW its still in the stomach and you KNOW he hasn't eaten any subsequent foreign objects that could cause a perforation on the way back up. --but that has to happen relatively instantaneously after ingestion.

    You can tell her to give some OTC pepcid (famotidine) per his size (between 10-25mg twice daily depending on weight) to help keep his stomach calm and collected.

    If it was a number of hours ago and he's not bloated, his color isn't brick red or grey, he's not running a temp, vomiting, pacing or lethargic, I would just monitor and keep an eye on him. No point rushing him into the ER because if he ate it hours ago, 'wait and see' is all they're going to do too. Withold food for the PM at the very least until she sees a grain-filled poop.


      Since Labs were originally meant to be friendly garbage disposals--a public works experiment gone bad!--I think he'll be okay.

      In all seriousness though, I'd be more concerned about the grain allergy than the actual grain in his stomach. (Although I probably would have dumped some peroxide down his throat if the timing had been right.) They should keep an eye on him just to make sure that he doesn't start having a bad allergic reaction, and encourage water consumption.

      I may be a little bit too relaxed about it, but I had a Beagle for 15 years...they're just about the only breed that will beat out a Lab for eating odd things!


        Originally posted by irkenequine View Post

        If it was a number of hours ago and he's not bloated, his color isn't brick red or grey, he's not running a temp, vomiting, pacing or lethargic, I would just monitor and keep an eye on him. No point rushing him into the ER because if he ate it hours ago, 'wait and see' is all they're going to do too. Withold food for the PM at the very least until she sees a grain-filled poop.
        Yep...I'd just watch and make sure he poops it out, if he's not in any distress. Or some comes out another way...when Puff got into the deer carcass most of it came back up a few hours later and he was fine the next day. I would think he's not allergic to every "grain" ever...which grains was it, specifically? Beer would make me think barley, maybe wheat. And whole grain? Basically he got pre-bread. With, if it's whole wheat, quite a bit of fiber. With my dogs the worst effect would probably be some...chemical warfare. Gas attacks. You get the picture.
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          Thank you all for your help and humor in this situation.. Varsity's gums look normal, he's just a little puffy, and is drinking and being his bouncy self so he must have that iron stomach of lab breeding. Public works experiment indeed.

          Danceronice - My daughter is thrilled Varsity didn't get into a deer carcass. As for the grains, it was a mixture of barley, wheat and maybe something else.

          Again, thanks for your quick responses and helpfulness!!


            Water intake is the #1 key for the next 24/48 long as his guts stay nice and hydrated it keeps things moving. They stop drinking, everything shrinks up, slows down, theeen you've got problems. Sounds like he'll be just fine though, jingles for Varsity Honestly, eating a pound of grain is probably less damaging to allergies than a pound of corn-filled kibbles and bits or the like.


              Originally posted by mrendrison
              Yikes, I had left over corned beef and cabbage from last nites dinner and decided to make a soup?


                The barley will not be bad, barley is in some high-end foods. I would, like other posters stated, watch the poo and wait to see how it .....passes.

                Remember, pumpkin is your friend. I would give a couple of tablespoons to help, move things along.

                Riley decided to eat 4 dozen cupcakes when I ran an errand thank god they were gluten free but he consumed 1 pound of butter It took 2 days for it all to pass.


                  Did this mixture include hops?
                  If it did, I would be seeing a DVM.
                  Hops toxicity can be fatal.
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                    Ghazzu - I don't recall hearing there were hops in the mix, but I'm trying to reach my daughter to check on that. UPDATE: no hops were ingested since they stay in the fridge though I wouldn't be surprised if Varsity figured out how to get in the fridge, at least for his beloved ice cubes.

                    In general Varsity is doing well. He is his bouncy self, drinking lots of water, and staying active. My daughter is concerned that no grain has passed yet. Benadryl has kept his allergies at bay with no feet issues and minimal reaction in his ears.
                    Last edited by Sanely Eccentric; Feb. 26, 2012, 11:38 PM. Reason: Hops update


                      It sounds like things will be OK in this case, hope it continues to go well!

                      The concern with hops is with spent hops, not fresh ones, it's actually very, very scary:

                      Tell your daughter to make sure that her husband disposes of his used hops in a very secure container that the dog cannot get into.