Dog ate tube of steroid cream

Summertime weather here in the Northern Catskills – temps in the mid-70’s – unreal – and winter still has 2 days left. Just last week the road crews were using cold patch on pot holes. Well, Miel, our 4 YO Sheltie went for his usual free walk around the neighborhood – unleashed, he has free rein of the area. He came back just covered in tar, blacktop, dirt, whatever. He must have gotten into one of the now ‘hot’ cold patches on the road. His gorgeous white chest and shoulders just covered in it.
Thanks to the ‘net we decided to use olive oil to try to remove it. Seems to have worked – the chunks and bits of tar and blacktop loosened and fell off. It took a bit more effort to try to clean his long fur. Can’t tell if worked yet – his fur is a bit oily despite a good washing. At least it’s not ‘tacky’. 2 side effects tho – his once blazing white fur now has an yellow-olive tint; and his fur is curling, sort of like Kenny G. What better way to spend a couple of hours with the dog.

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I had a 10 year old Labrador retriever about 20 years ago that had these symtoms. Unfortunately, it was misdiagnosed by the vet as a stroke. She was treated with baby aspirin. It apparently affected only one ear because she walked in circles only one way. She got better in 2 or 3 weeks. Then the vet said it couldn't have been a stroke because dogs don't recover from strokes in that short of time. He didn't have any other explanation but told me to give her a baby aspirin on a daily basis. Thinking back, I think the aspirin was what killed her. I have found out since that aspirin has a cummulative effect and can cause internal bleeding if the levels become too high. She was doing fine and then passed away without warning while she was taking a nap at age 10 1/2. She did not receive the proper treatment for vestibular disease which I am now sure that is what she had. The cause of the problem was never investgated. I did not think about her inner ear at the time because she was not dizzy - just walked in circles. But after reading this article, it all makes sense. If I ever see this again, I will know what it is and I will make sure the dog gets proper treatment and that the cause is investigated. She also developed a thunder phobia after age 10 and that is when she started to lose her hearing.

A bloated stomach affects several other organs in the abdomen by putting pressure on them and by affecting the veins which means blood cannot return to the heart as it should.  The spleen may also become twisted.  As the stomach gets bigger it puts pressure on the chest cavity which makes it difficult for the dog to breathe.  If the stomach twists it can totally or partially block the exit to and from the stomach trapping gas, food and water in the stomach.  The stomach's own blood supply can be comprised leading to death of its wall, rupture and peritonitis.  This combination can quickly lead to death as organ failure, low blood pressure and shock all set in.

Dog ate tube of steroid cream

dog ate tube of steroid cream

A bloated stomach affects several other organs in the abdomen by putting pressure on them and by affecting the veins which means blood cannot return to the heart as it should.  The spleen may also become twisted.  As the stomach gets bigger it puts pressure on the chest cavity which makes it difficult for the dog to breathe.  If the stomach twists it can totally or partially block the exit to and from the stomach trapping gas, food and water in the stomach.  The stomach's own blood supply can be comprised leading to death of its wall, rupture and peritonitis.  This combination can quickly lead to death as organ failure, low blood pressure and shock all set in.

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