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    Dog Ate Something- Help!

    I had my dog out for a walk and she found something that appeared to be a bloody gauze pad or similar bloody cloth. She held it in a mouth for a while before chewing and swallowing. She has eaten tissues and paper towels before, so I'm hopeful that this too will pass, but still a little worried.
    Additionally, I have an enormous fear of blood- both my own and others. I have no idea whose blood was on this thing and am absolutely terrified. She's a licky little thing and I absolutely hate being scared of her. Is there anything I can do to help clean her mouth? I have some biotene mouthwash which was impossible to pour into her mouth, so I soaked a saltine cracker in some of it and gave that to her. She's also had chlorinated city water and I went out and bought Nutri-vet dental gel which she also consumed, but I'm really at a loss.
    Her tummy is grumbling a little, but she's still eating/drinking. Any advice?
    Thanks so much!

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    Re: Dog Ate Something- Help!

    Quit pouring random things into her mouth! Biotene mouthwash is for humans to rinse and spit, not for dogs to eat.

    Dogs can't pick up human diseases like Hepatitis etc that are what we worry about being blood transmitted. If the object that the blood was on is something she can digest (like a small gauze pad or paper tissue), then you don't have to worry about intestinal blockage. Her own saliva and the water she is drinking will wash away most anything that is on the surface of her tongue and lips.

    Besides, it might have just been ink, juice, paint etc and not blood.

    (there are diseases that can infect both dogs and humans but in general those are things like tick borne illnesses, rabies, parasites like worms, bacterial, or something like ringworm)
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    Re: Dog Ate Something- Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Shell View Post
    Quit pouring random things into her mouth! Biotene mouthwash is for humans to rinse and spit, not for dogs to eat.
    It was dog Biotene meant to be poured in their mouths. At least I think Biotene was the name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollypop View Post
    It was dog Biotene meant to be poured in their mouths. At least I think Biotene was the name.
    That's a bit better, assuming it was for dogs to actually consume. PLEASE check with a vet before using anything either not labeled for dogs OR something for dogs but not in the way it is meant to be used (as in, something to clean a cut should not be used in their mouths typically)

    Here's the thing- your dog licks her butt, probably eats cat poop, will happily scarf down small dead creatures etc. All of those things can transmit bacteria and parasites if you let her lick your mouth, eyes, nose or open wounds. If you don't get her spit or poop into your mouth, nose, eyes or open wounds, then there is very little to worry about either on a daily basis or from whatever she may or may not have ingested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shell View Post
    That's a bit better, assuming it was for dogs to actually consume. PLEASE check with a vet before using anything either not labeled for dogs OR something for dogs but not in the way it is meant to be used (as in, something to clean a cut should not be used in their mouths typically)

    Here's the thing- your dog licks her butt, probably eats cat poop, will happily scarf down small dead creatures etc. All of those things can transmit bacteria and parasites if you let her lick your mouth, eyes, nose or open wounds. If you don't get her spit or poop into your mouth, nose, eyes or open wounds, then there is very little to worry about either on a daily basis or from whatever she may or may not have ingested.
    The directions were to pour it in their mouth, I'm guessing they don't expect the dogs to swish and spit it out
    Thanks for your reply. I am very careful about what I give her and if there is any doubt I err on the side of caution. I know she has eaten some pretty disgusting things before, but I have very high anxiety and blood is the number one trigger, so this sent me into a panic much more so than animal-produced gross things. So it was a combination of panicking that my dog just ate something she wasn't supposed to and whether or not she would get sick, and my own fears.

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