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What is Salt Poisoning?

In most cases, if your dog consumes too much salt, he will drink water to combat the effects and no damage will be done. However, if there is no water available to your dog, or if your dog ingested an extreme amount of salt in a short time, the cells in the body will start to release water to even out the levels of salt in the blood. This causes the destruction of brain cells due to the lack of water, creating neurological symptoms like dizziness, headache, and seizures. The most often reported reasons for salt poisoning in dogs is ingestion of homemade play dough, ornaments, rock salt, or table salt. It can also be caused by a lack of fresh water, frozen water sources, or a malfunctioning automatic waterer.

Too much salt in the blood (hypernatremia) can cause the muscles to lose moisture, shrivel, and become stiff, which will create shaking and jerking. The most serious symptoms of salt poisoning are neurological. Some of those symptoms are convulsions, coma, and death. Sodium chloride causes the brain cells to dry out due to the release of water from the cells used to dilute the salt in the bloodstream. Dehydration is imminent without the opportunity to drink enough fresh water, which brings more serious effects: fast heartbeat, fainting, confusion, and difficulty breathing. If you think your dog has ingested a large amount of salt, call your veterinarian whether your dog shows any symptoms or not.

Although salt (sodium) is a natural substance that your dog’s body needs, too much can cause serious illness or even be fatal. Sodium toxicity is caused by sodium chloride, which is used to maintain the levels of water in the body; an essential part of your dog’s metabolic system.

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Symptoms of Salt Poisoning in Dogs

There are many signs of salt poisoning in dogs, which may be neurological, gastrointestinal, or even cardiovascular. The most common signs are extreme thirst and urination, which are what usually saves your dog’s life if there is plenty of fresh water to drink. This is because the water dilutes the salt in the blood, and it is cleansed from the body in the urine. The symptoms of salt poisoning most often reported are:

  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Death
  • Extreme thirst and urination
  • Fluid buildup
  • Headache
  • High fever
  • Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory distress
  • Seizures
  • Stomach pains
  • Tongue swelling
  • Vomiting
  • Walking like intoxicated
  • Watery diarrhea
  • Weakness

Causes of Salt Poisoning in Dogs

A large amount of salt in your dog’s blood can cause sodium poisoning if your dog eats enough of it and has no fresh water to drink. These are some of the ways your dog can get sodium poisoning:

  • Frozen water source
  • Broken automatic waterer

Also the consumption of many items that may be found around the home can cause salt poisoning.

  • Homemade play dough or ornaments
  • Ocean water
  • Paintballs
  • Rock salt
  • Soy sauce
  • Table salt

Diagnosis of Salt Poisoning in Dogs

A thorough physical examination will be done, which will include checking your dog’s reflexes, temperature, pulse rate, weight, height, reflexes, blood pressure, respirations, and a quick vision and hearing test. Bring any medical records you have, including your dog’s vaccination records, illness and injury information, and describe any abnormal behavior or appetite. Explain to your veterinarian what you believe your dog consumed, how much, and how long it has been since consumption. List the symptoms you have seen that brought you to the veterinarian in the first place and when they started.

The tests your veterinarian will need to perform are complete blood count, blood gases, and blood chemistry, and a urinalysis to check your dog’s sodium level. A complete cardiac diagnostic will be done as well. This will include an electrocardiogram (EKG) to measure the electrical impulses in your dog’s heart, radiographs (x-rays), MRI, CT scan, and ultrasound to determine the extent of the damage to your dog’s brain, heart, and lungs.

Treatment of Salt Poisoning in Dogs

Your dog will be admitted to the hospital for oxygen, IV fluid therapy, and electrolytes to manage dehydration. The salt level will have to be brought down gradually because a sudden change in sodium levels can cause a heart attack or cerebral edema (brain swelling). It can take up to three days to bring the levels down to an acceptable range depending on how high your dog’s sodium levels are. This is usually done with warm water enemas every few hours. If cerebral edema is already present, your dog will be given a corticosteroid, such as dexamethasone or mannitol to reduce the inflammation. The veterinarian will most likely keep your dog in the hospital for about 24 hours for observation.

Recovery of Salt Poisoning in Dogs

Your veterinarian will probably suggest a diet low in sodium, and this is important to keep the level of sodium in your dog’s blood under control. You will have to return in 30 days for a follow-up blood test to determine sodium level. If there is no sign of hypernatremia, your dog’s prognosis is good as long as there is no damage to the brain, heart, or liver.  Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions and continue to take your dog for annual check-ups.

Salt Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Chloe
black mouth cur
2 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

no symptoms

Our daughter was soaking her foot in salt water. About one full cup of salt was added to the warm water. Our dog took about 3 or 4 laps of water out of the bowl. Should we be concerned about her drinking the salt water?

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Baby Girl
Pit bull and dachsund
5 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Our 5 month old, 15 pound, puppy has been staggering and shaky, not wanting to be still. She started this at 4pm and just threw up almost a whole intact hotdog

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hot dogs can pose various health issues towards dogs including salt, nitrates, seasons as well as garlic and onion powders; salt however is the most common problem with hot dogs. It is good that Baby Girl has brought up the hot dog but we don’t know how much salt was absorbed or where she got it from; if you didn’t give it to her I always get concerned about people poisoning dogs with hot dogs or other meat products. If Baby Girl is unsteady on her feet, it would be best to restrict access to water as excessive salt intake can cause cerebral edema; if you didn’t give the hot dog to her you should visit your Veterinarian immediately in case of poisoning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Did you mean it would be best NOT to restrict access to water? From my understanding access to fresh water post sodium ingesting is crucial to helping the dog handle the salt and can help decrease associated risks to some extent. The last thing you would want to do is remove fresh water access.

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Charlie
Golden Retriever
5 Years
Mild condition
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Vomitting
Twitching

Our 55 lb golden retriever ate a batch of homemade playdoughtgis afternoon. It contained 1/2 cup pickling salt. She drank a lot of water and has been vomitting a lot tonight- explosive watery vomitus.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Homemade Playdough poisoning is something that you should visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian immediately as the salt content may cause brain, lung, kidney damage and in severe cases death. Fluid administration and decontamination of the stomach is the first line of defense. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/play-dough-homemade-poisoning
www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/homemade-play-dough/

Lab drank saltwater at beach but not TOOO much he threw up and had dihareha a few times but behavior seems pretty much okay

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Steve
Chocolate lab
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Our dog ate leftovers off the counter last night - rice noodles with chicken and vegetables with a soy sauce. He has had diarrhea since then, but eating and drinking fine and otherwise acting fine. Should I take him in or just continue to let him have free range of water and give him rice ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Soy sauce is high in sodium which can be toxic in small amounts (a teaspoon is enough) and well as onion, garlic and other seasonings which are all toxic for dogs. If Steve has only diarrhoea, I would keep a close eye on him but if he starts to get tired and lethargic I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian immediately for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We ran out of dog food and the store was closed, so we made my dog a mix of high calorie wet food, organic pumpkin, and organic canned green beans. The greens beans had added sea salt which I didn't realize was so bad until after she ate. I rinsed them off thoroughly but the can states it's around 1,000 mg of sodium. She weighs around 65 pound and has plenty of water available. Should I be concerned?

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Rosie
Cocker Spaniel
5 Years
Mild condition
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My 30 lb cocker ate some crumbs of very salty French fries. Should I be worried? She is not showing any symptoms at this time other than being a bit tired, which she generally is at this time (7:45 pm).

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A little bit of salt shouldn’t cause much of an issue, it may cause her to drink a bit more but shouldn’t could any symptoms; the concern would be if she ate a large portion of fries from a fast food joint or other salty foods. Ensure that Rosie has free access to water and keep an eye out for any symptoms that are on this page. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rio
Miniature Pinscher
2 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Thirsty
Warm to touch

My dog is 15 pounds and he got into some fried dried fish earlier. I wasn't there to see him and I didn't find out until later (I don't know how much later). So I don't know if he vomited or not or whatever. I don't know if his temperature is normal, it's a hot and sunny day today so maybe he's kind of warm from that. He seems to be acting normally, and there was (and still is) a lot of water in his bowl for him to drink.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to keep Rio in a cool place and ensure that his is drinking; I wouldn’t be too concerned unless there was other seasonings used like onion powder, garlic powder etc… Keep an eye on Rio and if you notice any of the symptoms above, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I had a bath of slime and it went down the drain and came out in the garden my dog ate it all up, then started vomitting blood and then today she pooped blood, we've been to the vets and they gave her an injection. We have to get a sample of her urine. What should I expect? What should I do

I put my dog outside while i was shoveling and my neighbor came over to help. He threw down ice salt and i think she might have ate a piece. As soon as it was put down i started shoveling it up. She hasnt puked but im still worried. What should i do?

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Samson
Great Pyrenees
1 Year
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My 100lb Great Pyrenees got into our table salt container while we were at work yesterday. He didn't eat all of the salt, but definitely ingested some. He's been acting normal otherwise, but has vomited a couple times, including his food from last night. He's drinking water, but no excessively. Should I be concerned for toxicity?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Toxicity is always a concern when salt is ingested; symptoms usually result in an increase in thirst, incoordination and other symptoms listed on this page. If water consumption is normal, it may be that he didn’t eat much or any; keep a close eye on Samson, but if you have any concerns you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Vinny
French Bulldog
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination
Urinating

I gave my almost 2 year old french bulldog mix a good amount of left over deli meat. Last night he wet in his sleep 2 times. This never happened before. He doesn't seem ill and is eating and drinking normal. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Deli meats may contain large amounts of salt, sugar, nitrates and other ingredients (like onion or garlic powder etc…) which can be damaging to a dog’s health. Keep a close eye on Vinny, but if the drinking and urinating continue, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to check Vinny over to be on the safe side. Small quantities of deli meat may be used as a treat or training, frequent or large amounts should be avoided. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Cairn Terrier
8 years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Thirsty tired constipation
Thirsty tired
Thirst
Thirsty

Hello my cairn terrier are 20-30 pretzels while I was gone. My cairn terrier is very tired but is drinking
water. Should I take her to the vet. She is very constipated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Drinking too much water can be more harmful, water should be restricted; if consumption was within the last two hours vomiting should be induced. I would advise visiting your Veterinarian to look at serum level and to provide supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/salt/ www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicology/salt-toxicity/overview-of-salt-toxicity

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Lucy
Pug mix, 20 lbs
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Lethargic

My 13 yr pug mix, I think she drank some water that contains a lot of salt from a softner. She is acting a little off. She barely can keep jer eyes open amd is just sitting around. When we call her she does still get perky. What can I do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would check the specific ingredients on the water softener product and see if there is any warning about pets; if not call the consumer support line as different products have different ingredients, if you have any doubts contact your Veterinarian. Salt poisoning can be made worse by an animal drinking too much water too soon in severe cases. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Koby
Cavapoo
15 Weeks
Fair condition
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My cavapoo puppy, (15 weeks old about 3.3kg) has consumed 1 slice of smoked salmon- approximately 16g consumed and salt content per 100 grams of this smoked salmon is 0.48g. He had this about 2 hours ago. I am so stressed as I have read that this can cause salt poisoning? Should I take him to the vet ? Or what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Acute oral lethal dose of salt in dogs is around 4g/kg; Koby consumed around 16g of salmon which means he consumed 0.0768g of salt total or 0.0232727g/kg body weight which is well below the lethal dose; however, it may make him a little thirsty and make sure he doesn’t consume too much water. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicology/salt-toxicity/overview-of-salt-toxicity

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Leia
French Bulldog
1 year
Serious condition
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My caught my dog eating my 5 year olds playdough 3 days ago, not sure how much. She has been having diarrhea and vomiting since yesterday. She ate last night but doesn't seem interested in food today. She seems tired and lazy today.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Salt poisoning followed by unrestricted water access can cause cerebral edema which can cause behavioural changes like lethargy or loss of appetite; I would highly recommend going into visit your Veterinarian immediately, especially if Leia didn’t bring up any of the playdough when she vomited. A physical examination and a few tests will give your Veterinarian an indication of the level of stabilisation that Leia needs and can direct treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/play-dough-homemade-poisoning www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/homemade-play-dough/

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Dexter
Jack Russell Terrier
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Vomiting
not thirsty
no appetite
low mood

Dexter is a 5 year of fox terrier cross jack russell, he is usually bouncing around, his tail usually goes at 100 miles per hour, and he is always hungry. But this afternoon when we got home he was walking slowly and his tail was between his legs 2 hours latter he vomited twice and has no appetite or thirst. it is now after hours so we cannot take to the veterinary clinic. What may be wrong with him and what shall we do to help him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for the symptoms you described (lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite etc…), these include trauma, foreign bodies, poisoning, infection, parasites and other internal disease; there is no specific treatment as each cause requires a different treatment, but try to encourage Dexter to eat which may be achieved by offering some wet food mixed with a little water and warmed in the microwave to a temperature you would do for baby food (this may make the food more appetizing for Dexter). When your Veterinarian opens in the morning, visit them first thing; if Dexter’s condition deteriorates further visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maggie
Weimaraner
6 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Thirst

I came home about an hour ago to find that my 6 month old puppy had completely destroyed a canister of fine sea salt. I am not sure when this exactly happened or how much salt was ingested. She seems to be acting completely normal other than she was a tad thirsty than usual but now is acting completely normal. She is still full of energy. I am still worried since it was pure salt that she would have ingested and since she is so young. She is about 35 pounds. Are there any more crucial signs I should be looking for??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With this level of possible salt ingestion, you should restrict water intake as it may cause brain swelling and visit your Veterinarian for a blood test to check for sodium in the blood. This is the only course of action I can ethically recommend to you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Labrador
7 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Bad smelling large fart

My medium sized Labrador dog ate 3 finger sized pieces of 'too salty for my liking' sesame chicken. Is that considered a toxic level? She has bad smelling farts not to tmi. I am just wondering how many pieces of salty chicken should I be worried about?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most likely the amount of salt will not cause any direct toxic effects but I would keep an eye on her water consumption as too much water and salt can cause some brain swelling so if she is drinking too much restrict the water a little and take her into your Veterinarian. Look out for excessive thirst, tremors, seizures and other symptoms listed on this page; if in doubt visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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lola
Beagle
14 years
Moderate condition
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my beagle is 14/1/2 years old and is shaking. it started a couple weeks ago but getting progressively worse. i have been feeding her turkey cold cuts to get her to take her apoquel. The allergy med. Shes been on it for a couple years now. Im thinking its the sodium in the cold cuts. I have been giving her about 2 slices a day. Shes about 25lbs.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Usually small quantities of cold cuts are alright as long as they are not heavily salted; there are other possible causes including other poisoning, liver disease, kidney disease, head trauma, tumours and other causes may also cause these symptoms. I would suggest getting a blood test which would show sodium levels as well as liver and kidney function (among other useful parameters) to help understand what is going on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Copper
Porkie
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Will not drink
Vomiting
Loss of Appetite
Lethargic

My dog got into some french fries last night. He is a 6 lb porkie. Today he has thrown up at least 6 times. Most of it being the french fries. He wont eat or drink. Has slept all day and is very lethargic. Do you think it could be salt poisoning?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most likely it would have been the french fries together with the oil and salt which caused some gastrointestinal upset; it is good for Porkie not to drink a lot of water if there was an excessive intake of salt as it may cause some brain swelling. You should get him to drink a little, but if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for a check over; especially given his weight. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ginger
Golden Retriever
4 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

threw up, very tired

My 4 month old golden retrever had eaten 4 flacks of rock salt and threw up her lunch. She has also been very tired, she just lays down and seems sad. Is there anything I could do to help her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Salt can be dangerous especially in large quantities as it can cause brain swelling and may also cause death if amounts more than 4g/kg are consumed; if Ginger has vomited, you should keep a close eye out for any symptoms on this page and try to prevent her from drinking too much water for the time being. If any neurological symptoms present, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lexi
Labrador Retriever
almost 12
Mild condition
1 found helpful
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Has Symptoms

tremors
Lethargy

Can a 100 lb labrador get salt poisoning from eating a bag of doritos?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There shouldn’t be anything toxic in Doritos, but the salt content may cause excessive thirst and the ingredients may cause some mild gastroenteritis as dogs are not accustom to eating salty snacks. Ensure that Lexi has free access to water and if you have hydrogen peroxide, induce vomiting to prevent the gastroenteritis. If the tremors continue, you see any other symptoms or you are concerned, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ziggy
Shiba Inu
8 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Panting

My dog ate some thin tortilla chips about two days ago. Yesterday he threw up yellow foam and today he is panting more than usual. He has lots of water available to him, so I'm not sure what to do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A few tortilla chips shouldn’t cause much alarm (however some flavorings may be harmful), but some animals react differently; the vomiting may be due to some stomach upset (not used to chips) and if the stomach is empty Ziggy may be vomiting up bile which refluxed into the stomach. At this point you could try to feed him a meal of boiled chicken and rice as this is bland and will not irritate the stomach; keep a close eye on him, but if you don’t see any improvement visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My parents feed there husky human food regularly including anything from candy to lays potato chips in her food to chicken, she commits alot certain times she won't eat and has diarrhea occasionally and all she does is lay around but the vets can't find anything wrong with her but I believe it's her diet of human food

Hello so I was making eggs and when I throw the salt in the trash can it got all of the place and I think my dog might have ate some and his throw up is looking yellow and foamy I am so worried please message me back and he is looking weak and depressed please help

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Rosie
Chihuahua
11 Months
Fair condition
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We have a 3pound Chihuahua who licked some spilt table salt. My son didn't see how much, but grabbed her, Google the situation and tried to give her water. She did vomit a small amount of a creamy foam. We don't know how severe this can be/is. Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It all depends on how much salt is consumed, water should be given in small quantities as too much water can cause cerebral edema which can lead to more complicated symptoms. A blood test by your Veterinarian would indicate serum sodium, but keep an eye on Rosie but if you notice any symptoms on this page you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Obi
Border Terrier
7 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Quiet

Hi my 7 month puppy weighing in at 7kg, managed to get to an opened can of hot dog sausages off the counter, by the time I got back to the kitchen he had ate them all and licked up the brine, I am worried about the salt contents the can states 1.30g per 100g and the can was 400g. He hasn't been sick and is drinking water normally.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The acute lethal oral dose of salt is 4g/kg in dogs; at 1.3g per 100g, 400g would be 5.2g of salt or 0.74g/kg (at 7kg). However, I’m not sure if the salt content was just for the hotdogs or included the brine as well; I don’t have specific information on hot dogs, however you should be careful to limit the amount of water consumed as excessive water consumption may lead to brain swelling. You should visit an Emergency Veterinarian to be on the safe side to check serum salt levels. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicology/salt-toxicity/overview-of-salt-toxicity www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/natural-foods/can-dogs-eat-hot-dogs/

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Maxwell
Lab mix
5 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My dog walked over brine salt when we were traveling through some areas with ice and snow. Thinking he licked it off his paws, I should have wiped his feet. Still has diarrhea, we are on the fourth day. It is not as watery, he is not lethargic, has been eating and drinking, urinating normal. Is there anything I can do to help this along? How long does it take to get out of their system? I did make him some rice with just a little bit of plain chicken to entice. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you =)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any spell of non-infectious diarrhoea can take a few days to improve, you should ensure that Maxwell remains hydrated and is eating normally; I would give it to the weekend and if there is no further improvement have your Veterinarian take a look at him in case the diarrhoea is caused by something else. Salt from the road can cause severe gastrointestinal inflammation which can take a while to go down, just continue with ensuring he is fed and watered. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Beagle
3 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Seizure

Doctor,

My dog Lucy had a big seizure at 1am midnight today which lasted about 4-5 minutes. This is the first time ever she had a seizure. She was crying and shaking uncontrollably and seemed like she was going to die. She urinated while she was seizing. After that was over she got up and rushed outside and vomited her dinner and was trying to poo but was struggling to. After that she drank some water and was fine and urinated normally outside. I think it was some chick fil e fries I fed her before her dinner around 8pm. She's been fine ever since from 2am untill now 11:30am and in between I made gave her little homemade chicken broth I make for her mixed with water for her to drink every few hours. She has a full exam scheduled next Saturday but I don't think I can watch her go through what I experienced last night, it was so horrible, her cry is still echoing in my ears. Please any advise would help. Should I fast her or try to feed her small portion of boiled rice and chicken? I home cook her meals which consist of pressure cooked chicken drumsticks and boiled veggies like carrots, peas, sweet potatoe, and caulifower or broccoli. I just lost a dog to a horrible aggressive cancer this year already and I've taken major precautions to what I feed my Lucy but it was my fault. I shouldn't have fed her those fries and she's had fries several times before but never had a seizure of any sort. Please help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Saba, thank you for contacting us about Lucy. It is doubtful that the fries caused the seizure. Without examining her, I can't comment on what might have caused it, but I do think that you should have her seen sooner than next Saturday. If she is doing well now, you should be fine to wait until tomorrow when your clinic is probably open for regular hours, but if she has any more of these episodes, she should be seen today at a 24 hour clinic. They may want to do some bloodwork to rule out any underlying disease, and can guide you as to what to do next.

Thank you doctor for your advise. Lucy has been sleeping alot and I hear her stomach growling. She seems quiet and not as active. She's sleeping every 2 hours and seems to want to rest. Its been 15 hours since her last meal. Is it allright to feed her a small meal of boiled rice and chicken? If she doesn't get back to being herself then I will take her to the Vet first thing tomorrow morning. I hope she doesn't have any disease but will the bloodwork determine a diagnosis? She was due for a bordatella,and heartworm and deworming. Should we refrain from all of those untill we get her tested? I wish I knew what I was doing wrong, this cant be happening to my Lucy, shes only 3 years old. I thank you again for your time and advise.

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Wrigley
Redbone Coonhound
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
excessive urination
Vomiting
Tired
Little interest in food

My dog ate about 6 salt dough ornaments made from 1 batch of them. I would say he possibly consumed no more than 1/2 cup of salt. This was at around 5:15-5:45p last night. It is about 8a now. Our vet said he should be fine. He is a 83lb redbone coonhound. Last night he seemed fine. We fed him after talking to the vet and gave some bread to help soak up some salt content. When we woke up he had vomited through the night but it only seems to be bile based off the tracks around our carpet. He had no interest in his food this morning, only water. He has drank about 4 bowls of water now and finally ate his food after going potty again. He has had some diarrhea and obviously needs to urinate often with the excess water. He is currently laying on the couch acting normally. Should we be concerned? How much water is too much water?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Wrigley. If he continues to vomit and have diarrhea, or becomes more lethargic or continues to not want to eat, he should see your vet for an evaluation, possible blood work, and possible IV fluids. The salt in his body needs to be diluted and passed through his urine. The only downside to him drinking large amounts of water are that he might vomit that water up. He may need IV fluids to get enough fluids into his body without irritating his stomach or making him vomit. If you aren't sure that he is okay, it would be better to have him evaluated, as the salt can cause GI effects as well.

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Happy and Stormy
Yellow lab and terrier mix
3 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My two dogs a 48 lb mixed terrier (Stormy, 8 years old) and a 72 lb yellow lab (Happy, 3 years old) got into some salt dough ornaments. They consumed around a 1/4 cup of salt, not sure who ate the most. Happy has had no symptoms and Stormy vomited multiple times within 2 hours of consumption. Neither have had any symptoms following the vomiting. Do they need to be checked out? Should I restrict water intake and if so, for how long?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Salt ornaments can cause severe GI signs, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy. If they continue to not show any signs, you should be okay to just monitor them, but they need to drink water, so don't restrict water. If either of them show further signs of vomiting or diarrhea, they do need to be seen by your veterinarian.

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Nala
German Shepherd
12 Weeks
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Dehydrated

My 12 week old German shepherd just ate some bath salts and im not sure how much but I am slightly worried about her. She drank a lot of water afterwards and is now sleeping. I was reading about things that could happen to her brain if she eats too much of it and I'm not sure if I should take her to the vet or not.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem isn’t just with the salt but any essential oil or other additives to the bath salts, salt can cause water retention on the brain especially if a lot of water is consumed afterwards; I would recommend taking Nala to your Veterinarian for a gastric lavage and take the bath salt container with you. Also, you could contact the Pet Poison Helpline which would be able to offer assistance but they may refer you to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com

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Seamus
Maltese shitzu
2-3 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shivering
Increased Heart Rate
Diarrhea, lethargy

My dog weighs roughly about 15 pounds and consumed multiple pieces of beef brisket, which are high in sodium. Now, he wont eat or drink (Not even treats!!!) He also has been shivering noticably and has had an increased heart rate, as well as a little bit of diarrhea from the few times he has used the bathroom. He isn't really acting himself, which is quite nerve-racking for me. Please respond quickly, and I would rather not go to the vet, as I'm not rolling in riches currently. Also, I'd like to add that as an attempt to get him to drink, I've been putting a nozzle thing in his mouth and pouring small amounts of water down it at a time to get him some water.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Salt poisoning can be a life threatening condition, over correction of salt poisoning can cause the brain to swell. Due to the severity of this condition and symptoms that Seamus is presenting, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian regardless of cost to correct the condition correctly. Damage to the kidneys, tremors, seizures and death can be a result of salt poisoning if not treated quickly. Your Veterinarian would use hypotonic fluids and regular checks of the sodium serum level may be taken until stabilised. This isn’t a condition to treat at home if the symptoms are severe. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stitch
Shih-Tzu
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My little fox terrier mix ate some of my soy sauce baked chicken. He’s been very quiet, he can go a long time in between with drinking water, so I don’t think he gets enough. He hasn’t been eating, he’ll take a bite here and there of his dog food, but after a taste he’s done. He’s urinating the same, no more no less. He pooped out very dark liquid and this morning it was somewhat solid. We’ve got an appointment for the vet, but I am very worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Soy sauce has a very high salt content and dogs can be sensitive to it, drinking too much may cause water on the brain (edema) which can lead to other neurological symptoms so it would be best to restrict water access a bit until you see your Veterinarian. Other ingredients may also cause some symptoms of toxicity so be careful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zeke
yellow lab/golden retriever cross
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Altered gait
Vomitting
Facial twitching

I have a 16 yr old lab/golden retriever who already is in CHF and takes Lasiks. We have trouble getting him to eat and think we caused hypernatremia with all the deli meats we give him as his food now. Think he has been having focal seizures with left facial twitching, walks like his side has been asleep and usually walks it off. He vomitted foam 10 minutes afterwards this a.m. He is terrified of the vet and we want to protect his heart from furthering the CHF as he is very sensitive now. Can we ween him off the deli meats and he be okay? Should we pursue a medication easy on the liver like KBr? He already drinks a lot of water with the lasiks. We are not trying to acrue $3k in vet bills on a 16 yr old dog already in heart failure.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some deli meats can be dangerous to dogs due to salt content and seasoning (some seasonings can be toxic over time). It will be difficult to wean him off deli meats for another type of food; but you should do it, also dogs need a more rounded diet, speak with your Veterinarian about a suitable senior diet for Zeke. Depending on the type of heart failure, medicines like pimobendan may be suitable for Zeke but would have to be again discussed with your Veterinarian; I understand that Zeke is terrified to visit his Veterinarian, but a home visit may be more suitable just to evaluate his present condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buster
Boxer/Lab
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination
Extreme Thirst

My 45 lb dog got half of a small order of very salty fries tonight (approximately 5-10 fries) about four hours ago. Since then he has been more thirsty than normal and urinating more. So far, those are the only symptoms. How much salt is dangerous and how long will it take for the sodium he ate to leave his system?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The acute lethal dose of salt in dogs is 4g/kg (approximately 0.07oz/lb); treatment consists of removing the source of the salt poisoning and giving free access to fresh water. Salt can also cause swelling on the brain, kidney damage as well as seizures and other neurological symptoms. It can take a few days for salt to be cleared from the body; in severe cases of salt poisoning, treatment has to be approached slowly as aggressive treatment may lead to cerebral oedema. For Buster, just allow free access to water and if you notice any neurological symptoms or any other worrying symptoms visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Greta
Dachshund
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination
Extreme Thirst

Hello,

I threw away some salami in the trash. I got home from working out and the trash was knocked over and the bag of salami was sitting next to my dog. There was still a lot in there but I'm pretty sure she still ate a chunk of it. Ever since then (12 hours ago) she has been extremely thirsty and urinating often. Should I be really worried or should the constant drinking eventually help her.

Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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High levels of salt may cause brain swelling which needs to be managed to reduce slowly over time; also salami may have other ingredients inside like garlic, onions and other seasonings which may be toxic for a dog. I would check the ingredients list on the bag of salami, but I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog ate canned green beans. I saw that on the can it had salt in it. My dog is about 20 lbs

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Poseidon
pit bull terrier
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Shivering
Diarrhea
Laziness
Vomiting

We recently had a snow and we were trying to be conscious of the dogs so we put regular table salt down on the front steps. I know that he did lick a bit up. Not much as he quickly realized it wasn’t for him. But he’s been sleeping more today then usual and has the shivers. He has diarrhea and he is throwing up but he’s had that since he was born due to tummy worms that we have been fighting with. It’s the shivering I’m worried about. He’s eating fine and he’s drinking his usual lots. But when he’s done he just flops and starts the shivers again. He could be cold. Honestly I’m just not sure.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. He may have ingested enough salt to cause a toxicity, and he should be seen by your veterinarian to determine if his vomiting and lethargy are due to the salt, or other problems that he may be experiencing. The shivering isn't normal, and can be a sign of discomfort. I hope that he is okay.

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Scarlett
JackChi
11 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Lethargy
Shaking

My 11lb pup ate several small stick pretzels yesterday. Today she has diarrhea and is shaking. And a bit lethargic. I just gave her boiled chicken and minute white rice, but I’m worried she has salt poisoning? She can’t be seen by the vet today so what should I be on the look out for?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Salt poisoning is always a little dangerous especially in smaller dogs, it is possible that the pretzels are going to cause more gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea etc…) than severe salt poisoning symptoms. Restrict water access (few sips an hour) and look out for symptoms on this page, you should visit your Veterinarian regardless of distance or cost if other symptoms apart from diarrhoea develop. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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mauie
German Pinscher
1 Month
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

vomitting lost of appetite
Vomitting

Our one month puppy is suffering from a salt deprivation. Can I ask if what are the effects of salt deprivation on the blood pressure in dog? How can we treat it? What can you recommend us for the fast recovery of the dog?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Salt deprivation is the opposite of salt poisoning and may be caused by either a decrease in intake or an increase in excretion; there are various different body systems which handle sodium in their physiologic processes and it is important to determine the specific cause as treatment would be different dependent on the underlying cause. I cannot tell you a one fits all treatment here, you should discuss with your Veterinarian and further diagnostics may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mauie
German Pinscher
1 Month
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Our one month puppy is suffering from a salt deprivation. Can I ask if what are the effects of salt deprivation on the blood pressure in dog? How can we treat it? What can you recommend us for the fast recovery of the dog?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Salt deprivation is the opposite of salt poisoning and may be caused by either a decrease in intake or an increase in excretion; there are various different body systems which handle sodium in their physiologic processes and it is important to determine the specific cause as treatment would be different dependent on the underlying cause. I cannot tell you a one fits all treatment here, you should discuss with your Veterinarian and further diagnostics may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi again, can I ask for the other term of salt deprivation? Thank you

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Jazz
Mutt
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures

We fed our dog and put some pickle juice on his food not knowing pickle juice is harmful to dogs. He has had 4 seizures is a 40 minute time frame. Could this be due to too much salt? He is 17 years old and has had two seizures before in the past month. He has never had multiple in a day or multiple in a week. He also has bad gas too since the seizures started. He only stays in the seizures about 30sec-1 minute.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The seizures you are witnessing may be due to edema on the brain caused by salt poisoning, you should visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian for a blood test to check sodium levels and to manage fluid administration since the more water consumed the worse the symptoms will be. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dugan
Corgi Shepherd mix
6 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

discomfort
Possibly constipated
Lethargy

We recently had snow and live in an area where they put down road salt for ice patches, and I think my 6 year old corgi mix may have gotten some in his paws and then ingested it by licking it off. He is usually very bouncy but today and yesterday has been more hesitant to walk. After cleaning his paws he seemed a bit more relaxed, but still uncomfortable. He also has degenerative disk disease and had a procedure to correct it about 6 months ago and has been recovering extremely well, and while we are obviously concerned that may be a factor, he is behaving normally other than not wanting to move much and being clearly uncomfortable. Due to his current need to continue to rest and recover he is confined to a large crate for up to 8 hours a day. (We hope to be able to stop this practice soon so he doesn’t have to be stuck there all day when we arent home)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the salt and subsequent licking was irritating his paws more than the ingestion of salt; you should bathe his paws each time you come in from taking him for a walk. Also monitor him for improvement; but if you notice symptoms of salt poisoning, mainly incoordination and excessive thirst you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bobby
Mix
5 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Chocolate and salt consum

Hi my dog at 10 kg ate a little chocolate maybe about 4 grams and then I gave him some saltwater which consisted of about 1 to 2 grams of salt in approximately 100 grams of water, I didn’t give him all of it maybe 80 to 90 grams of the water, is it dangerous, could he die or get sick from it, should I seek a vet as fast as possible?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit your Veterinarian especially if Bobby didn’t vomit; salt water isn’t a reliable way to get a dog to vomit, 3% hydrogen peroxide is a more reliable method. Give Bobby some activated charcoal if you have some at home and restrict access to water; visit your Veterinarian to examine Bobby to ensure that he is in good health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi again I called a vet yesterday and around 7.30 about an hour after I gave him it, he said I shouldn’t be worried and that nothing would happen at the small amount I gave him, is that not true? Either way what can be done now when it’s over 24 hours since I gave him it? And what tests should I get him?

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Titan
Chihuahua
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

We have a 4 pound Chihuahua who ingested Silica packets. My husband, against what I told him, decided to give him salt to make him throw up. We took him to the vet because I assumed the Silica packets were poisonous. My husband said he told the vet that he gave our pup salt to throw up and nothing was said or done by the doctor. Now I am just freaking out because I saw the articles about salt poisoning.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It depends on how much salt was consumed by Titan; small amounts of salt may just cause an increase in thirst whilst larger quantities will also cause an increase in thirst but may run the risk of cerebral edema which may lead to seizures and brain damage. If you are concerned about the salt, you should return to your Veterinarian for a blood test; but if Titan isn’t showing symptoms you monitor him. Normally 3% hydrogen peroxide is a reliable way to get a dog to vomit, but salt is rarely effective. Silica gel packets are not toxic but may cause some gastrointestinal distress or respiratory symptoms from dust. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/pet-safety-tips/packaging-freshness-packets-really-toxic-dogs/

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Tater
Olde English Bulldogge
2 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Pancreatitis, weight gain, dysplasi

After my 55 lbs Olde English Bulldogge (2 years of age) was diagnosed with pancreatitis a few days ago, I researched low fat diets that did not include any of his known food allergens. Unfortunately, this left me with very, very few commercial diets to choose from. I'm not interested in preparing raw diets. That said, I found one kibble. "Solid Gold Fit and Fabulous with Alaskan Pollock" that checked the boxes for my dog's needs. However, I noticed that not only does the food have salt water fish as it's main ingredient, they have added additional salt as the 15th ingredient listed (above all of the vegetables and fruits). I am unable to get any straight answers from both the manufacturer or my vet if this is a considered a high sodium diet? The manufacturers only response is, "this is not a LOW sodium diet" (quote). I don't need a LOW sodium diet, although it would be nice for a bulldog, but I certainly do not want salt toxicity or blood pressure issues building up over time from use of this new kibble. Could you help decode these numbers from the manufacturer and tell me if this food is considered high, average, or low in sodium and if it sounds like a reasonably safe kibble for a dog that should not be consuming excess salt over his lifetime? The only info I've been able to attain for this food is: 221 milligrams of sodium per cup. 330 kcalories per cup. 3,095 kcalories per kilogram. I must feed 2.5 cups a day to maintain my dog's weight. What would be the amount of sodium my dog is consuming each day from this new food, and is it safe, toxic, or borderline? I am guessing it to be around 552.5 milligrams of sodium a day from 2.5 cups? I've read variations of 100 milligrams a day to be maximum recommended, to 1,000 milligrams a day to be maximum recommended... Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The product page on the Fit and Fabulous website for Solid Gold Fit and Fabulous with Alaskan Pollock states that: “Solid Gold Fit & Fabulous With Fresh Caught Alaskan Pollock Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.” The AAFCO or “The Association of American Feed Control Officials is a voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies charged by law to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds and animal drug remedies” publish guidelines on the nutrient content of dog food (which is also quoted in the Merck Veterinary Manual online) and this diet has claimed to meet those guidelines; if you have concerns about the diet you should contact the AAFCO (link below) to ease your concerns. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.solidgoldpet.com/product/fit-fabulous-weight-control/ www.msdvetmanual.com/management-and-nutrition/nutrition-small-animals/nutritional-requirements-and-related-diseases-of-small-animals www.aafco.org

Great. So you just told me exactly the same thing as my vet - "Go ask the dog food manufacturer". When I asked the dog food manufacturer, they told me, "Go ask your vet". I have just been trying to figure out the math based on the numbers I was able to procure from a secondary source (distributor) and understand if it is considered a high, low, or moderate sodium diet. Having a range given to me by various sources of between 100 mg to 1000 mg of sodium a day being maximum safe levels has done nothing to answer my question here. Regards.

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Agnes
Cocker Spaniel
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dizzy
Lethargi

Hi,
my dog Agnes (cocker spaniel mix) ran out of food so we gave her some deli meat (rotisserie chicken) and after about an hour she started to zone out and become very lethargic and almost dizzy. She would sip worry but not as much as she usually would.
Could this be salt poisoning ? How serious could it be. She had maybe 4 small slices. It took her a whiiiiiiiile but she eventually peed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Salt poisoning is always a concern with deli meats and rotisserie chickens (from CostCo for example) have around 50mg of salt per ounce which wouldn’t be enough to cause a significant poisoning event; however other ingredients like garlic powder, onion powder and other seasonings may cause a poisoning event. If Agnes is still displaying these symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side as salt poisoning can cause brain swelling which may in turn lead to neurological symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicology/salt-toxicity/overview-of-salt-toxicity

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Stella
French Bulldog
3 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

none

One of my relatives (Young of course), put pickle juice in my dog’s food with water as well and strained the water out. I had no idea what she was thinking but my dog ate it. I’m afraid she might get poisoning, but she isn’t experiencing any symptoms.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That small amount of pickle juice should not cause any toxic signs for Stella, but may cause some GI upset. If she is vomiting, having diarrhea, not wanting to eat, or seems lethargic or disoriented, she should be seen by a veterinarian. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Dream
Australian Shepherd
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I have a 4 month old puppy about 4lbs.
We left her in our hotel room to do some errands and she must have gotten into some bath salts left by the maid they seem to be mostly there not sure the consumption but she ate normally and drank normally she had plenty of water available to her. Just super worried and wanting to know my next steps we are away till Monday and wanted to know if I should do something before

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should look out for excessive water consumption and consider limiting water consumption to be on the safe side; however when consumed in small amounts the ingredients of bath salts are not toxic (although there are many different products with different ingredients so I cannot know for sure). Bath salts may also have a laxative effect on dogs when consumed in large amounts so look out for that; if you have concerns visit a local emergency clinic during the easter weekend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oliver
Great Dane
1.5 years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

My Great Dane ate a bag of rat poison. It says it's safe around pets and livestock with active ingredients being 55% corn gluten meal and 2% sodium chloride. This likely was eaten sometime during this past week. He doesn't seem to be acting any different than normal. The package says safe around pets and livestock, but if he ingested a 1 pound bag full, is he still safe?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Oliver is acting normally, then I wouldn’t be too concerned; however, I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for a blood test to make sure that everything is fine on the inside as a pound is a significant amount and if you remove the 55% corn gluten and 2% sodium chloride (salt) there is still 43% of who knows in the ingredients. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Holly
Fox red labrador
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Panting excessively

My 7 month old puppy has eaten a lot of a tube of Primula (soft cheese). She is drinking a lot of water. Other behaviour is normal apart from excessive panting. Is this ok? It was about 5 hours ago. She hadn't been sick etc, she has eaten and weed and pooed fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many people will use Primula cheese to aid in puppy training (usually a ham flavoured one) and is usually tolerated quite well. A 150g tube of Primula typically contains 4g of salt (4g/kg of salt is the lethal dose in dogs); in all likelihood another ingredient may be causing some problems for Holly, five hours ago is too late to induce vomiting so at this point just monitor her for signs of respiratory distress and if there are other concerning symptoms, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Finnegan
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures

Seizures began at 8 months with 1 to 2 per month. On three occasions, two seizures within 24-36 hours. Hoping to address with diet or non-med therapy before opting for life-long, anti-seizure med. On three occasions when successive seizures occurred within short period, sodium intake may have been a factor. First time, had a chewy stick that may have contained high sodium. Second time, we gave pup some smoked salmon. Third time, he had beef broth recommended by holistic vet. Discovered beef broth (Honest Kitchen brand) had 7.5 grams in the serving. Possible Finnegan is hyper-sensitive to sodium and that is causing seizures?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Hypersensitivity to sodium would be an unusual reason for a seizure, but since you think they have all been associated with a high-salt treat, you could try and decrease sodium, not feed him any high sodium foods or treats, and see if he continues to seizure. Most dogs that have seizures of that frequently need to be on medication, but you may have mad ea connection that will help him. I hope that all goes well for him.

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lucky
Labrador Retriever
7 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Fever
High urination
Low Energy
Drowsiness

My dog ate salt dough clay almost fifteen hours ago. We gave him bread, lettuce, vanilla wafers and water. His poop is softer than normal. He had low energy and had a fever but now it’s going away. He still drinks water and he eats like normal. Will he be okay?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Depending on how much of the salt dough Lucky ate, he may be in serious danger of becoming dehydrated or having muscle or neurologic problems. Since he seems to be less energetic than normal, it would be worth having him seen by a veterinarian to make sure that he is okay and doesn't need supportive care to prevent further injury. He may need to be on IV fluids, and they'll be able to assess him once he is examined. I hope that he is okay.

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Cletus
Mixed
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

He threw up .

My husband poured the left over pretzel crumbs in our dogs food bowl, then his normal food on top. Cletus inhaled his food as normal then threw right up. He drank about 3 cups of water after wards.Do you think he will be okay since he threw right up?? He weights about 40-50 pounds.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is good that Cletus vomited immediately after consuming the food and pretzel debris; however you should limit his access to water for the first day to be on the safe side. Monitor him, but if he displays any symptoms listed on this page you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scout
Husky/lab mix
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, lameness, mild diarrhea

Our 7 yr-old, 75-lb mixed lab/husky ate 2 sirloins off the counter that had been marinating in soy sauce for several hours. (So it was nice & soaked in) 3 days later he started having some lameness in his back legs/hips. He also began vomiting & did so throughout the night. We took him to the vet the next morning thinking it could be Lyme disease but the blood test was negative; the vet didn’t think anything of the sodium ingestion. We’re 2 days past that vet appt. & the vomiting is continuing (4 days straight) & he’s pooping completely clear water & going/throwing up a lot at a time considering he hasn’t eaten in 3 days, but is keeping small amounts of water down. His urine is very dark, but he is getting water consistently in small amts, no appetite, stomach contents are super yellow, he’s walking better but is weak & tired. Was the vet premature in dismissing salt poisoning?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I would not think that that amount of sodium would case salt poisoning, but I could see that causing GI problems or pancreatitis. If would be best to have him rechecked, as he sounds like he really needs help resolving this vomiting and diarrhea. Your veterinarian may want to run blood tests to check his systemic function, and he may need supportive care to keep him hydrated while this resolves.

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mickey
Yorkshire Terrier
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Belly Pain
Weakness
Lethargy
Vomiting

My 7 years old Yorkie toy, Mickey vomited 5 times this evening and is shaking sometimes. We went to the beach in the morning and he swallowed some ocean water and started shaking immediately, although he did not throw up. After 3-4 hours, once we washed him, gave him his treat and had an evening walk, he started throwing up. He had a normal bowel movement so far, no diarrhea, but he is very weak, lethargic and annoyed. I am scared and want to take him to the vet tomorrow or on monday, is there anything i can give him meanwhile to relax his tummy. PS I did't give him any food so far.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is somewhat common for the salt water to upset dogs' stomachs, and it is good that you will be taking Mickey to his veterinarian, as he may need medication and supportive care to get him over this. There isn't really anything that I can recommend giving him without seeing him, but fasting him until he is seen tomorrow may help. Small amounts of water frequently will help keep him hydrated. Because of the frequency of his vomiting, it would be best to have him seen as soon as possible, rather than wait until Monday.

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Coco
Shih Tzu Schnauzer
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Thirsty
Crying
wimpering

my three month old puppy , was given slices of turkey and a handful of flavored blast goldfish. I’m scared he might die . He was fine hours after until about two hours ago. He went to poop and he did , normal and moments after he started whining and crying a lot . Since then he has begun crying when being picked up and wanted to lay down and sleep and cries a bit. He is in his bed now sleeping , he was a bit thirsty gave him good amount of water. when he is sleeping he randomly wakes up crying, then he tries to move and cries even more. But i did take him out to see if he would pooped and he peed. He also ran around and walked normally . I’m scared .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases of suspected salt poisoning, water should be restricted as increased salt consumption and water may lead to fluid on the brain; keep an eye on Coco but it may be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side as without examining him I cannot determine whether he has a little tummy ache or something more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leeloo
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Last night my dog was given 2 french fries and a piece of lettuce. She weak vomiting it up about 1 hour after she ate it. And then also weak vomited up her dinner a few hours later. I gave her some pepcid and they waited about an hour and gave her a little bit of dry food slowly. She kept that down. This morning I tried to feed her and about 30 minutes after eating she weak vomited again. I gave her some more pepcid. She is drinking water and she is still playing with my other dog. Is this a case of salt poisoning from the 2 french fries? I will try to give her a little bit of food later like I did last night because she seemed to keep it down. Would you recommend anything else?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Two french fries wouldn’t cause salt poisoning, however they may cause some gastrointestinal irritation if they are greasy or have another ingredients on them (see the ingredients list below for McDonalds French Fries) which may cause some effects on a dog. Try to feed small regular portions of boiled chicken and rice to see if there is any improvement, if there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM McDonalds French Fries Ingredients: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. *Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients. www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/product/small-french-fries.html

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Drake
Labrador Retriever
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

Last week we went to out family camp. We have brakish waters around the camp. We got to the beach and we llayed with Drake. He ran and retreived every throw. Went laid down and swam in the water also drinking the water. 20 minutes later he came to sit by me and he started to have a seizure. We poured the little but of water i had in my water bottle down his throat. We also poured it over his head to cool him down. His head was very hot. We then ran across the street to a hose and washed him off with cool water and also let him cool down and drink the water. He didn't pee that night when we let him out at that time every night. He also had sort of a limp and a crooked walk that night. We got him back to the camp ASAP and gave him a cool bath. He then went upstairs and refused to jump. He always jumps up to put his front feet on me and he wouldn't do it for three days and he still barely doesn't do it. It has been 2 weeks now and I just want to be safe after reading all of fhese conditions and symptoms of all the other dogs.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many concerning things which may occur when being around brackish water, it isn’t just the salt content but there may also be toxic or infectious things in the water; if Drake had a seizure and is not himself you should visit a Veterinarian immediately for an examination and blood test to check serum levels, also fluid therapy may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Key
Pomeranian
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none that i think are concerning

So I allowed this dog that I'm dogsitting to eat two slices of turkey cold cut, but I didn't pay attention to the sodium content. It's about 22% sodium in one serving which is 4 slices, so this has me worried. He drank some water but it wasn't excessive, and he usually is very lazy in my room so I don't know if that is cause for worry. This happened around two hours ago. I can't visit a vet at the moment. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cold cuts are high in sodium but it really depends on how heavy the slices are, however I doubt that there is enough salt in the amount consumed to cause significant issues and you may just notice an increase in thirst; if Key is drinking excessively you should restrict access to water to be on the safe side. If any symptoms present, visit a Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leia
Pit bull
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Thirsty

Leia ate seven long beef sticks for humans today. She’s drank a bit more water than normal, but nothing crazy. She seems fine. How long can the effects of the salt and spicy take to show signs. I don’t want her to get to a point where I could have fixed it, if I brought her in sooner. But I don’t want to have a panic attack if she might be okay. Her normal diet consists of a little dry food mixed into a homemade boiled chicken thighs with peas, carrots and rice and I only buy her organic crunchy treats or dehydrated salmon skins in addition to it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An increase in salt consumption will result in an increase in thirst, however you would need around 4g/kg or 2g/lb to be at the acute oral dose; excessive salt intake in dogs may result in symptoms including weakness, diarrhea, muscle tremors and seizures. Since I cannot determine the amount of salt consumed, I would recommend checking in with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side especially with the weekend coming up; also restrict water access until you see your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicology/salt-toxicity/overview-of-salt-toxicity

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Lacey
English Setter
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

Took my dog To a dog pool that was saltwater today. She only got in a few times and got out very quickly. We were playing ball and the ball went in and she would have it in her mouth after. She wouldn’t drink regular water while there and it was an hour or so Home. Since being home she is very lethargic but has eaten and drank normally. She hasn’t been sick yet, as of 12 hours later. Should I call vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say whether the lethargy is due to being tired from the excitement of the day or if any salt water was ingested which is causing some symptoms; you should keep an eye on Lacey for the time being (we would normally see an increase in thirst in cases of salt poisoning) and visit a Veterinarian if there is no improvement to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily
pitbull
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

uncomfortable
Panting, drooling alot

hi there doc! My dog got onto our food yesterday. Our food contained something similar to soy sauce. And she has a lot of it. After that she looked fine but 5+ hours later she started panting a lot and drooling. She wouldn’t drink any water and wouldn’t eat. Then she started acting very weird and uncomfortable. She usually sleep inside next to my mom but as my mom took her out to use the bathroom she stood at the door for 5 minutes just panting and not moving even if we call her. Should we take her to vet??

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