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What is Battery Poisoning?

Batteries are used to power everything from kids toys, to cell phones, to hearing aids. They are often small and this makes them easy to chew and swallow. This can be exceptionally dangerous to your pet. The alkaline in most batteries causes a condition of the mucous membranes in the mouth and gastrointestinal system called liquefaction necrosis causing deeply penetrating ulcers that form over several hours. If your pet chews on or ingests a battery seek veterinary attention immediately. It is not recommended to induce vomiting if your pet has ingested a battery as it can cause additional corrosion and pain in the esophagus, and increase the chances of airway obstruction.

Batteries can cause serious damage when chewed or ingested and must be kept out of reach. If your dog has chewed on or eaten a battery it should be treated as an emergency.

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Symptoms of Battery Poisoning in Dogs

Some of the symptoms of battery poisoning occur immediately upon ingestion. Other symptoms may not be apparent for several hours. Ulcers that are seen shortly after contact with the alkaline materials may continue to worsen over the next twelve hours or so as the tissues soften due to a process called liquefaction necrosis.

  • Abdominal pain
  • Black, tarry feces
  • Difficulty swallowing 
  • Excessive drooling
  • Fever/hyperthermia
  • Increase in white blood cells
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Mouth pain
  • Ulcers in the mouth
  • Ulcers on tongue
  • Vomiting

Types

There are several types of battery that can cause symptoms if punctured or ingested. The most common types of battery that dogs get into are batteries that most people have around the house. 

Cylindrical - This battery is probably the most common battery we think of and the most common one for a dog to be able to chew. Some cylindrical batteries employ alkaline and carbon zinc materials while others are the lithium variety. The burns from lithium batteries can be particularly severe, but the alkaline batteries are more likely to be damaged by stomach acid, possibly leading to heavy metal poisoning. 

Button battery - These are usually small batteries used in smaller electronics like cameras, hearing aids and watches. These batteries present an extra risk as they can allow an electrical current to pass to nearby tissues, causing current-induced necrosis. One 3-volt lithium button battery can cause severe necrosis to the esophagus or gastrointestinal system in less than half an hour. Some button batteries also have cadmium and mercury, both of which can prove toxic to your pet.

Causes of Battery Poisoning in Dogs

There are several elements in batteries that cause them to be dangerous:

Alkaline material

  • Most household batteries contain alkaline material that can cause liquefaction necrosis which creates deeply penetrating ulcers that form over several hours

Acidic material

  • Car batteries are often lead-acid batteries
  • In the unlikely event that your dog chews through the casing of a car battery, the acid could cause severe burns to the mouth and eyes
  • The burns are not as deeply penetrating as the ulcers caused by an alkaline material

Heavy metals

  • There are several heavy metals that are used in batteries that can be toxic to your pet
  • Toxic metals that can be found in batteries include lead, zinc, mercury, cadmium and cobalt 

Electric current

  • This is of particular concern with disc and button batteries
  • The way that these batteries are formed allows an electrical current to cause necrosis to nearby tissues when it gets lodged in the esophagus or as it travels through the gastrointestinal system

Diagnosis of Battery Poisoning in Dogs

If you suspect your dog has ingested a battery it is imperative to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Your veterinarian will get a history of the symptoms from you and perform a physical examination. If you have any portion of the battery that has not been ingested bring that with you to the veterinarian’s office. The physical examination will pay special attention to the mouth and throat area to see if any ulcers or spots of liquefaction necrosis have developed and to see if there is any black powder in the mouth from a punctured battery. Even if your veterinarian does not find any ulcers during the initial appointment, they can still develop over the next twelve hours or so. X-rays will be recommended to check and see if any part of the battery is still inside the patient and to determine if it is intact or has been fractured. As the symptoms of battery poisoning can mimic other types of corrosive poison your veterinarian may need to test for other toxins as well to ensure the correct treatment is provided, particularly if the battery can’t be located.

Treatment of Battery Poisoning in Dogs

The treatment is going to depend on several factors such as the amount of time since ingestion, the type of battery that was ingested, where it is in the gastrointestinal system and whether or not the battery has been damaged by chewing. Vomiting should NOT be induced as it can increase the corrosive damage to the esophagus and gastrointestinal system as well as increasing the chances of esophageal obstruction. Activated charcoal should also be avoided as it may increase the chances of vomiting and the toxic ingredients involved will not bind to it. If the battery was chewed in any way, the first course of action your veterinarian will take is to judiciously rinse the mouth area and any skin exposed to caustic ingredients. Medication may also be given to add a layer of protection within the gastrointestinal system. If the battery or battery fragments are found by the x-ray imaging they will usually be removed by endoscopy, which allows the veterinarian to view the esophagus and stomach as well. If the battery cannot be removed by endoscopy, surgery may be required.

Recovery of Battery Poisoning in Dogs

Most patients should be kept off of food for 12-24 hours to allow the system to heal. GI protectants and antacids may be recommended at this point as they promote healing to the tissues of the gastrointestinal system. A temporary change in diet may also be recommended, generally to a bland, high-fiber regimen. Antibiotics are often required and the full course should be taken as prescribed by your veterinarian, and pain medications will be prescribed as needed. Your canine should continue to be monitored to ensure that symptoms of mercury or heavy metal poisoning are spotted if they develop. If symptoms of theses types of toxicity do develop contact your veterinarian for further treatment immediately.

Battery Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Teo
Boxer
1 Year
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I have a 1 year male boxer dog and we just recently changed out our car batteries. I was cleaning the front part of our apartment and I had the battery sitting on the floor and I turned around and my dog Teo was licking it. On this battery it had blue acid on it but the side he was licking had very little of the blue acid. I’m concerned if I need to take him to the vet.
It’s been 5-10 mins now and he doesn’t have anything on his tongue or any other symp and seems to be okay. He’s breathing fine and just playing with his toys..
What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Teo was licking around the battery, double check his mouth to make sure that there is no sign of ulceration or blistering caused by any battery acid; if you are not seeing any irritation, excessive drooling, licking or vomiting then most likely Teo will be OK. I would however, recommend visiting your Veterinarian if you have any concerns or ate unsure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Similar thing just happened to me.. my brothers old car battery exploded last night so he left it on the side of the house near the garbage, I took Piper for a walk and when I came back to throw out her poop bag I look down and I think she got a lick or two of the battery because she was making a face like she tasted something bad. I called my vet who told me to go to an emergency hospital - when I called the emergency hospital they told me to give her milk and to watch for symptoms - did anything else happen to your dog?

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Bebé
Labrabull
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Licking

My dog was just found chewing a battery. It has a puncture on the side and a bit of black stuff around it. The battery still feels heavy so does that mean she didn’t ingest a lot? I gave her a little bit of food and she ate it and drank water. At first she was licking some but she stopped now. She seems to be fine but I think I will save the battery and take her to get checked tomorrow if she shows symptoms again. Really don’t have the money but you can’t put a price on your child. I’m just glad she didn’t swallow the whole thing.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Batteries can be extremely irritating to the GI tract, and can burn the lining of the esophagus and stomach. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they can assess her and give her any supportive care that she may need. I hope that she is okay.

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Mason
Pit bull
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

i came home and found that my dog had entirely eaten almost half of a triple A battery he its been almost 3days now and he is still eating and drinking fine but has extremely bad diarrhea. will he be okay?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Consumption of a batter is very serious and should be seen by your Veterinarian, it isn’t just the battery chemicals which may cause internal burns but any metal casing or parts may cause foreign body obstruction and may cause damage to the gastrointestinal tract; there is a possibility that it may all pass but I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to be on the safe side especially to have an x-ray to see if there are any foreign objects inside. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Chihuahua
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Crying
Vomited

Came home after being at work all day. House being very small it takes him 2 minutes to destroy it. First found a small bottle of hylands earache drops bitten into and emptied then while cleaning his mess found the double A battery literally punctured and chewed up. There was vomit that was black all over the place and he is not eating or drinking anything and keeps running every where crying. I really do not have the funds at the moment for a vet. What can I do at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ideally you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost, but you should rinse out the mouth thoroughly and check for any signs of chemical burns; medicines like famotidine (0.25mg/lb twice per day) and sucralfate (20mg/lb three times per day). But you should visit a Veterinarian regardless since gastrointestinal ulceration can cause severe health issues and the symptoms of battery exposure may be delayed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/aa-toxicosis-alkaline-battery-exposure-dog

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Eevee
Labrador Retriever
1 Week
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I came home to find a dry cell battery broken in half 3 days ago. Neither have soars in their mouth. My one year old is throwing up bile but she is eating and acting normal, and has had diarrhea twice. No other symptoms.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Batteries can be very toxic and damaging to the GI tract, and signs can occur 12-24 hours post ingestion. Since you discovered this battery 3 days ago and only Eevee is showing signs, it is probably safe to say she is the one that tried to eat the battery. Since she is showing GI signs, it would probably be a good idea to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they will be able to examine her, and may want to give her stomach protectants or other medications to protect her GI tract from ulceration due to the battery.

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Gizmo
Terrier mix
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Burns on the tongue

10lb terrier mix chewed a aa battery. One puncture hole and very little liquid...thhe definitely has burns on his younger but they don't go all the way to the back so I am confident he didn't swallow any. Rinsed his mouth thoroughly and have been periodically giving him heavy cream (out of milk). He seems in good spirits, ate some soft food without a problem, although you can tell it hurts. He hasn't vomited and doesn't seem to be having trouble breathing. I still worry. Vet said other than rinsing his mouth there isn't much they would do unless his symptoms go downhill. Fair answer or should I be taking him in?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally, thoroughly rinsing out the mouth is the best course of action but if it is suspected that anything was consumed you should take Gizmo into your Veterinarian immediately; thankfully she didn’t swallow any of the batteries, but battery poisoning symptoms may have a delayed onset of symptoms so keep a close eye. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/batteries/ www.petpoisonhelpline.com/pet-safety-tips/are-batteries-poisonous-to-dogs/ http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/aa-toxicosis-alkaline-battery-exposure-dog

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Trixie
Bulldog and pitbull mix
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Not drinking water
Consistently sleeping
Vomiting

She swallowed it a little over 7 hours ago and her symptoms haven't improved at all she's throwing up cream colored puke and refuses to eat and drink .what's your advice?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It woud be best to have Trixie seen at your nearest emergency clinic as soon as possible for supportive care. Batteries can be extremely caustic and irrititating to the GI tract, and she may need medications and supportive care. I hope that she is okay.

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Cookie
Beagle mix
11 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
ulcers

My husband gets home and noticies a puntured battery on the couch I quickly rinse out both of my dogs mouth (since we did not know who was the one who did it). 8 hours pass and we notice cookie (about to be 1) her mouth was a bit swollen and drooling. We gave both of them milk and some rice and chicken for dinner. After 8 hours we noticed cookie about to be 1 heer mouth was a bit swollen and was drooling. We checked her mouth and noticed some white ulcer on her tongue and gums. We have monitored her breathing which hasn't changed nor has her spunky attitude. Im still worried about the ulcers

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ingestion of battery acid is concerning and can cause chemical burns within the mouth and down the esophagus; I would keep a close eye on Cookie but would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for a closer examination to be on the safe side since the tissue may turn necrotic and may require surgical management in some cases. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sunny-Girl
Golden Retriever/German Shepherd
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive Saliva

My 7 month old pup MAY have eaten my Applie iPen while I was out of the room earlier today, about 2-3pm EST. She has been drooling quite excessively, which is very unlike her, drinking TONS of water, but is eating and active and since I can’t find it anywhere, I thought I’d ask for some advise just in case so I know what to look for.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If there was a battery in the Apple IPen, Sunny Girl needs to be seen immediately by your veterinarian. The battery can cause burns in the mouth and throat, and she may need medication to protect he GI tract. I'm not sure how long ago she ate the pen, but sooner would be better than later for treatment. Your veterinarian may also want to take x-rays to determine if she did eat it, as parts of it should show up on an x-ray. I hope that she is okay.

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Saddie
German Shepherd
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

ulcers

My dog chewed on some batteries. Not sure if one was seallowed. Found one that was punctured.
I have given her water and she has been acting fine for the past 3 hours not sure on what the time was upon consumption.
Should I be worried? And what is the amount of time that I would know for sure if she is okay or not?
Really really don't have the money for a expensive vet bill.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Batteries can be very toxic to dogs, and can cause ulcerations in their mouths and throats. They should be seen by your veterinarian, and may need stomach protectant s to protect their throat and mouth. I hope that they are okay.

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Scooby
Jack Russell Terrier
14 Weeks
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

No

Hi my 14wk JR puppy chewed a carbon zinc AA battery six hours ago, it was punctured with black stuff coming out,I have rinsed his mouth and no signs of blisters or other symptoms

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If you suspect your dog has ingested a battery it is imperative to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Your veterinarian will get a history of the symptoms from you and perform a physical examination. If you have any portion of the battery that has not been ingested bring that with you to the veterinarian’s office. The physical examination will pay special attention to the mouth and throat area to see if any ulcers or spots of liquefaction necrosis have developed and to see if there is any black powder in the mouth from a punctured battery. Even if your veterinarian does not find any ulcers during the initial appointment, they can still develop over the next twelve hours or so. X-rays will be recommended to check and see if any part of the battery is still inside the patient and to determine if it is intact or has been fractured. The treatment is going to depend on several factors such as the amount of time since ingestion, the type of battery that was ingested, where it is in the gastrointestinal system and whether or not the battery has been damaged by chewing. Vomiting should NOT be induced as it can increase the corrosive damage to the esophagus and gastrointestinal system as well as increasing the chances of esophageal obstruction. Activated charcoal should also be avoided as it may increase the chances of vomiting and the toxic ingredients involved will not bind to it. If the battery was chewed in any way, the first course of action your veterinarian will take is to judiciously rinse the mouth area and any skin exposed to caustic ingredients. Medication may also be given to add a layer of protection within the gastrointestinal system. If the battery or battery fragments are found by the x-ray imaging they will usually be removed by endoscopy, which allows the veterinarian to view the esophagus and stomach as well. If the battery cannot be removed by endoscopy, surgery may be required. I hope that everything goes well with Scooby!

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Marley
Lab mix
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

nothing

My dog punctured a battery I ran my finger over it and bearly anything was coming out. I flushed his mouth out with water. And gave him some food but I’m nervous reck now.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Marley. Marley should be taken to your nearest 24 hour clinic this morning. It is good that you rinsed his mouth out with water, but batteries can cause serious damage when chewed or ingested. If your dog has chewed on or eaten a battery it should be treated as an emergency. Some of the symptoms of battery poisoning occur immediately upon ingestion. Other symptoms may not be apparent for several hours. Ulcers that are seen shortly after contact with the alkaline materials may continue to worsen over the next twelve hours or so as the tissues soften due to a process called liquefaction necrosis. The treatment is going to depend on several factors such as the amount of time since ingestion, the type of battery that was ingested, where it is in the gastrointestinal system and whether or not the battery has been damaged by chewing. Vomiting should NOT be induced as it can increase the corrosive damage to the esophagus and gastrointestinal system as well as increasing the chances of esophageal obstruction. Activated charcoal should also be avoided as it may increase the chances of vomiting and the toxic ingredients involved will not bind to it. If the battery was chewed in any way, the first course of action your veterinarian will take is to judiciously rinse the mouth area and any skin exposed to caustic ingredients. Medication may also be given to add a layer of protection within the gastrointestinal system. I hope that everything goes okay with Marley.

Thank you I brought him to the vet. He had no burns in his mouth. I immediately washed his mouth out with water. I got very lucky. I have him milk and water when we got him to coat his stomach.

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Stitch
Chorkie
7 Months
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My dog was chewing on a battery and she threw up about three times and it was green with chunks. She is acting somewhat normal and she doesn’t have ulcers in her mouth but I’m just really worried

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. If she didn't swallow that battery, and doesn't have any ulceration in her mouth, she may not have broken into the battery. Typically the battery acid causes severe caustic burns, so if you aren't seeing any, she's not vomiting, having diarrhea, or having any signs of lethargy or inappetance, you should be okay monitoring her for these signs. You may have gotten lucky!

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Hershey
Borador
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

1yr old boradar chewed up a AAA battery. Is acting normal. No signs of any skin irritations around the mouth. Vomitted up twice with black bile with chunks in it and once with just clear bile.
No 24hr vet near me and regular vet service is down.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is no drooling or signs of oral irritation, you can just make sure that the mouth is rinsed out thoroughly to be on the safe side and give some famotidine at 0.25mg/lb twice per day as well as feeding a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice. Visiting your Veterinarian when they open, if other symptoms occur you should contact the Pet Poisoning Helpline. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/aa-toxicosis-alkaline-battery-exposure-dog

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Atara
Golden Retreiver
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Im worried about my puppy who when I came back from a shower had grabbed my tv remote and punctured one of the batteries. There was black liquid on the floor and remote, I'm not sure if she was licking it. The batteries were both still in the remote and she seems fine. It just concerns me that she might've licked the liquid, no irritation visible yet at least.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Atara had licked the battery liquid we would definitely expect to see some oral irritation especially on the tongue; if the oral cavity shows no sign of irritation and Atara isn’t pawing at her mouth I would keep an eye on her for now. A visit to your Veterinarian would also be recommended to be on the safe side too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/batteries/

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Ottis
Pit bull
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My puppy ottis chewed apart a tiny toy metal laser some peices were everywhere and he just threw up two tiny batteries and vomited two times before he doesnt seem to be in pain but im conserned cause its better to be safe then sorry....

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Are all the batteries accounted for? If not you should take Otis into your Veterinarian especially if they are button batteries since they may cause necrosis of tissue in the gastrointestinal tract and may also leak content. If all batteries are accounted for, keep a close eye on Otis and make sure that he drinks and eats; if you have any concerns visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Copper
German Shorthaired Pointer
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I was out of the room for maybe 2 mins and came out and saw our TV remote on the floor with two batteries still in, one on the couch and I can't find the other battery. I went home on my lunch break about 4 hours later and I let Copper out of the crate and he was running around like his usual self and acting crazy like normal.

I was waiting for him to poop but unfortunately he was too busy finding sticks and bringing them to me. I checked his mouth and and saw no ulcers anywhere. I called my vet and they didn't see too concerned. I'm just scared. Maybe I was too frantic and looked over the battery being in an obvious place? I'm just worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst it is possible that Copper eat the battery, it is just as likely that the battery has rolled under a sofa, sideboard or between some cushions; I would keep looking for it to see if you can find it. If there is still a mystery it may be worth visiting your Veterinarian for an x-ray (see link below), whilst batteries are dangerous for dogs button batteries or more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vettimes.co.uk/app/uploads/2017/04/Apr20_Battery-dog_MAIN1.jpg

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June
Labrador Retriever
3 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Black Stool

I was not home for 8hrs when I came back I found June had punchered battery and the black alkaline thing was all around her. I washed her mouth and gave some water she had that .then I gave her dinner and she had that also she is acting normal now sleeping playing but one thing I noticed that her poop was black .what should I do now ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst June may be in good spirits now, effects of ingestion may present with more severe symptoms later; the black faeces may be due to gastrointestinal bleeding leading to digested blood. I would strongly recommend visiting your Veterinarian for supportive and preventative treatment as well as a check over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/batteries/
http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/aa-toxicosis-alkaline-battery-exposure-dog

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Cane
English bull mastiff
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting blood

My 2 year old dog vomited blood about thirty minutes ago ( it's currently 7:41pm on the 8/8/17 ), I didn't get to see it before my housemate cleaned it up but she told me what she saw that he threw up blood.

earlier that day he had been on his own all day when normally he's never on his own for very long but he seemed fine, his normal playful self. It wasn't till my house mate was getting ready to leave for her outing that he threw up but then he was his normal self again when i went out there.

what makes me think that it might be battery poisoning is cause i found some batteries on the floor out of their packet that obviously fell out and wasn't put back in. After he threw up he seemed like his normal self, I sat with him for a while and then he went to sleep and seems fine now but, I can't help but worry.

if anyone has any ideas on what might of caused it, my housemate said it might of just been stress of being alone for as long as what he was today.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vomiting blood would be consistent with consumption of batteries especially those button batteries used in watches and some small toys; gastric ulceration may also cause vomiting of blood which may or may not be tied with the ingestion of batteries, if you believe that Cane may have consumed some batteries it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an x-ray to see if there are any in his gastrointestinal tract and to possibly have them removed surgically depending on their location. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/batteries/

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Bubba
English Setter
8 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My Male 8 month old English Setter possibly (80%) swallowed a thermometer battery. It was about 30 hours ago. His only signs are that he vomited twice this morning but he does that on occasion. No ulcers or noticeable abdominal or oral pain. The reason for not being sure he ate it is, because he was running around with the thermometer outside snd the battery may have fallen out.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The vomiting may be caused by some fragment of the thermometer or from the ingestion of the battery. Button batteries can be dangerous as a small electrical charge can cause tissue necrosis in the gastrointestinal tract. To be 100% sure, an x-ray at your Veterinarian’s office would tell you if Bubba had swallowed the battery or not (as well as giving a small glimpse into Bubba's internal workings - spine, liver, heart etc…). They can pass without incidence but with the vomiting I would go on the side of caution. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi I'm a 12 year old girl who is worried about our 2 year old French bulldog who vomited yesterday morning and this morning. 2 of the puddles were a green colour like literally a green colour and another was yellow. My mum had told me that there were some batteries laying around but I'm not sure if he ingested them or if he's just sick because he's eating something he shouldn't be please help me he's my absolute world!! also it has been going on for three days now

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Coco
toy poodle
9 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

None

Left a battery cover out and the battery was leaking and I turned around to see my dog sniffing it so we are unsure if any was digested

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The contents of batteries are irritants to dogs and if Coco had licked or ingested any you would see signs of oral irritation including pawing at the mouth, excessive drooling as well as ulcers in the mouth and on the tongue. If you notice signs of abdominal pain, lack of appetite or blood stool visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Dane/lab
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling

My 13 year old lab/dane mix, Buddy, has not been himself for the last few days. The only way he will eat is if it's soft and we feed him by hand. He only lays down in short spurts but is still drinking water. If he lays down his breathing seems labored and he acts like he is trying to vomit. Help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2485 Recommendations

There are many reasons for Buddy’s symptoms including foreign bodies, tumours, other obstructions, infections etc… Given that Buddy is over 13 years old, there are many old age factors that can cause problems; older dogs are prone to infections due to failure of the immune system. If Buddy is having trouble with breathing and looks like he is trying to vomit, he may have a mass in his throat, something irritating his respiratory tract or a small foreign body affecting his gag reflex. A visit to your Veterinarian would be required to determine the cause and to prescribe antibiotics or other medication depending on the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maximus
Giant Schnauzer
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

On Saturday, my Giant Schnauzer ate a plastic dog toy and destroyed it... along with the "un-breakable" casing to the batteries. They are small.... half the size of a dime. Didn't think about the batteries until today. Dog had been unusually defecating in cage (two times this week), and today a third time. However, the feces was loose, light brown, containing a little clear almost jelly-like substance, and a few strands of red blood possibly. Could have been yarn from another toy.
He acts totally normal.... Eats, drinks, is happy. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2485 Recommendations

The problem with button batteries is that not only can they leak, but also a small current generated from them can cause localised tissue necrosis. I would expect that the batteries have passed by now, by the effects may still be present; there is also a possibility that the plastic toy itself caused some irritation or damage to his gastrointestinal tract, did you monitor his faeces for fragments of plastic or any other abnormality? If the symptoms persist, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an x-ray to see what is left inside as well as administration of some Pepcid to reduce the level of acid in his stomach in case there are some ulcers caused by the batteries. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog chewed 2 aa batterys about an hour ago I gave him a hand full of food water and a bowl of mild it's 3 in the morning and he's sound asleep should he be fine

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