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Old 02.08.2010, 22:54
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Dog ate crayon: what to do?!

When we got home today, our dog had eaten an entire box of Crayola (non toxic) crayons. At first, we didn't think much of it, the whole non-toxicity argument seemed to override my neurosis. But, a few hours later he started throwing up, and he hasn't stopped. Does anyone have any information or help to offer? Should I be worried or am I being overbearing? I know there's an animal hospital in ZH, but is there a hotline we can call?


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Old 02.08.2010, 23:11
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When we got home today, our dog had eaten an entire box of Crayola (non toxic) crayons. At first, we didn't think much of it, the whole non-toxicity argument seemed to override my neurosis. But, a few hours later he started throwing up, and he hasn't stopped. Does anyone have any information or help to offer? Should I be worried or am I being overbearing? I know there's an animal hospital in ZH, but is there a hotline we can call?


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Non-stop vomitting is considered an emergency in my books. Dont wait.

Below is the 24 hour hotline contact for the Tierspital Zurich. Give them a call now and explain to them what's happening. They will know to expect you at this time of the night. They are an extremely helpful bunch and speak good English.

http://www.tierspital.uzh.ch/Adminis...llnummern.html

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Re: Dog ate crayon: what to do?!

I agreee with Summerrain.

Call the Tierspital. Or there is also the Spezialistenklinik, in Hunenberg Zug. Out of hours emergency number:0900 780 800 (be aware that there is a per-minute charge on this number) During regular hours, call 041 780 80 80

http://www.spezialistenklinik.ch/

Call the clinic that is closest to you.

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Hows the dog?
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Re: Dog ate crayon: what to do?!

We stayed up with him all night, called the hotline and they said it could well be due to his age (5 mos) and not being used to new food and eating stuff off the ground. So we waited until he stopped, around 2am, and he fell asleep. This morning he's totally fine but I'm staying home for half the day to make sure. Guess who's eating rice and boiled chicken for 2 days? Mmm mmm!

Thank you so much, we could NOT find that hotline for the LIFE of us last night!!
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Re: Dog ate crayon: what to do?!

On a related note, our new boy is decidedly off colour, not eating, diarrhoea every 4-5 hours or so; however his ears, paws and nose are perfectly cool and there's no vomiting. We gave him a couple of drops of Rescue Remedy on Sunday evening - I wouldn't have thought it would have that effect but it's the only thing I can think of? V-E-T is the very last resort because he has to be muzzled and sedated - anything I can do except feed him dry bread if he'll take it? I'm not worried about him not eating for a couple of days, he's not exactly skin and bones, but I don't like seeing him look so mis
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...V-E-T is the very last resort because he has to be muzzled and sedated...
Shrewd post there. I think by spelling the nasty word out, your query will go way over the head of the dog if he happens to be browsing the internet behind your back.
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On a related note, our new boy is decidedly off colour, not eating, diarrhoea every 4-5 hours or so; however his ears, paws and nose are perfectly cool and there's no vomiting. We gave him a couple of drops of Rescue Remedy on Sunday evening - I wouldn't have thought it would have that effect but it's the only thing I can think of? V-E-T is the very last resort because he has to be muzzled and sedated - anything I can do except feed him dry bread if he'll take it? I'm not worried about him not eating for a couple of days, he's not exactly skin and bones, but I don't like seeing him look so mis
Keep him hydrated! He must drink water if he has diarrhoea.
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Old 03.08.2010, 07:58
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Re: Dog ate crayon: what to do?!

Will try, there's plenty of water available, might have to stick some under his nose, see if he'll take it. However, you can take a horse to water (or water to the dog)...
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Re: Dog ate crayon: what to do?!

SemperEadem,

So glad to hear your pup is OK!

During master-thief Hooligan's first year with us I put the emergency numbers on speed dial; the things she got into! Both clinics were very helpful whenever she got hold of something potentially dangerous - dogs are usually quite resilient, but always best to speak to the experts.

Hope your doglet continues to feel better...

(Oh, and do monitor his 'output' for the next day or so...)


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Dogs can go for quite a while without eating, but like Kevkegs says, drinking is essential.

With either frequent vomiting or diarrhea the thing I worry about most is dehydration. If he isn't drinking either, lightly pinch a fold of skin on his back - if the skin returns to normal, he has enough fluids. If the skin stays tented, he might be dehydrating, and a call to the vet would be advisable.

Do you think his refusal to eat is related to his fear of the fireworks? Or could he have gotten into something?


Dogs usually refuse food for a reason - they know when their stomachs need to settle. Offer something tempting but bland (boiled eggs, boiled chicken, maybe boiled white fish, cottage cheese) but don't force him to eat. I usually don't worry for the first 24 hours.

My general rule with 'normal' vomiting/diarrhea (as opposed to constant, as with SemperEadem's dog) is no food for 24 hours, but plenty of water. If mine won't drink, I offer ice cubes - this is usually enough to get them interested, as they love playing with ice - and licking the cubes give them just enough water. If they absolutely will not drink, call the vet for advise.

If the vomiting/diarrhea continues during that 24 hour period - call the vet. If the diarrhea/vomiting stops, bland diet for the next 24-48 hours, usually something like boiled chicken or egg and rice. If there is any blood in the diarrhea/vomit, or if the dog is in pain, or if the little voice in the back of my head won't shut up I call the vet immediately.

When mine stop eating and I've determined that it isn't related to a serious condition, when they turn up their noses at the foods that usually tempt them, I try a little nutrical paste. This is a high calorie paste, available from your vet and from most pet stores, that is highly palatable. A bit on the finger for the dog to lick off - this gives him at least some calories, and usually stimulates the appetite.

But going beyond 48 hours without food usually merits a call to the vet.

I, too, had a vet-phobic dog; my vet was pretty good about advising me over the phone, so that we could minimize the trauma of a visit. If you are worried, speak to your vet rather than the receptionist - he/she can probably tell you if you need to bring him in, or not.

Paws crossed for your dog, too.

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Will try, there's plenty of water available, might have to stick some under his nose, see if he'll take it. However, you can take a horse to water (or water to the dog)...
If you have a syringe or something, squriting some water down his throat may work.
I had to do that on the advice of a vet once when my dog was in the same state.
I'd visit the Vet if he has been like this since Sunday. It can become very serious if he doesn't get enough fluids.
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Re: Dog ate crayon: what to do?!

Ugh, and we got dogs because we didn't want kids. Joke's on us! Hope your doggie is okay, too! Definitely keep hydrated, try ice cubes, it tricks my dogs. SMART ones! Ha.
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It started overnight Sunday to Monday so we're just reaching 24 hours. I'll try and get some water into him (ice cubes top idea!) and seehow he goes today. OH was away overnight but is back this pm so will see how he is then and ring the vet if necessary. Thanks to all!

ETA: I've checked the skin on his back and it seems fine (he's broad so not quite so easy to pinch), no interest in water but an ice cube went down a treat. He's now finally got up (he often stays in bed after us lol) and seems to be showing more interest in what's outside my study window than he was yesterday

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On a related note, our new boy is decidedly off colour
Perhaps he should also eat some crayons!!

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V-E-T is the very last resort because he has to be muzzled and sedated
Its seems that some dogs are smarter than their owners on this forum...
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Perhaps he should also eat some crayons!!
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We stayed up with him all night, called the hotline and they said it could well be due to his age (5 mos) and not being used to new food and eating stuff off the ground. So we waited until he stopped, around 2am, and he fell asleep. This morning he's totally fine but I'm staying home for half the day to make sure. Guess who's eating rice and boiled chicken for 2 days? Mmm mmm!

Thank you so much, we could NOT find that hotline for the LIFE of us last night!!
Oh I am so glad to hear that.

Arent the people at the Tierspital great?

My dog had a terrible case of the runs a few months back. Even chicken and boiled rice didnt stay in for long. I called them (usual vet was on holiday) and asked if I should bring him in. After listening to my description, they told me to bring him in immediately. I could tell that they werent trying to make money out of every pet owner but truly cared for the animal's welfare. They were great with him the two days he was in there.

Keep us posted on your dog!

At least you will be treated to colourful stools rather than boring brown ones for the next couples of days.
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two options:

1- Tierspital.

2- Put your dog infront a picasso and make her do a copy with her ass...
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Re: Dog ate crayon: what to do?!

Brief update: apart from the fact I have stertorous snores wafting up from under my desk, Heros seems brighter today and ate some breakfast (half his usual quantity of pellets, topped up with a slice of bread) and generally seems more interested in life
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Re: Dog ate crayon: what to do?!

SemperEadem, I see you are in Baden. The vet in Dättwil has an after hours emergency service. It would be a lot closer than the Tierspital.

http://www.kleintierpraxis.ch/
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I would think for the poor dog you should pray to God they don't come out sideways
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