I was refilling my prescription medicine dispenser this morning -- you know, it's that plastic thing with Monday thru Friday on it so that old people, i.e. me, can remember if they've taken their pills each day.
I spilled a particular bottle full of capsules on the kitchen floor and they scattered about. Of course, before I could gather them all up, I turned around just in time to see Eli chewing one up and swallowing it. GAH!
"THAT WILL KILL HIM!" I yelled. "Catch him!"
Much running and chasing and yelling ensued.
Barnaby finally caught him and we stood there blankly staring at each other wondering what to do now that we'd captured him.
I quickly ran to my computer and Googled "Poison Control for Dogs." I called the 800 number and got a series of prompts until a recording came on telling me they wanted to charge $60 on a credit card to continue the call. "You BASTARDS!" I screamed and slammed down the phone.
I then Googled "How to make your dog vomit." A number of sites recommended that you use hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. In Eli's case, 1 capful to be repeated in 5 minutes if vomiting does not begin.
I shot the recommended amount down his throat with a syringe. (I always have a syringe handy to administer liquid medicines to my dogs.) We secluded him from the other dogs and sat with him on the bathroom floor. Much tummy rumbling could be heard, but no vomiting occured.
Another dose was administered, and within 1 minute, he began that heaving thing that dogs do just before they vomit. He threw up three piles of vomit which included the contents of the capsule.
Whew! It worked! Trajedy averted.
"I don't feel good, Momma."
If I was a really good blogger friend, I would have taken pictures during the process. I'm sorry I have no vomit pictures for you.
Ah well, maybe next time.