You’re taking inventory of the ingredients laid out on the kitchen table. Wait a minute – what happened to that stick of butter?
That when you notice your beloved pet licking his lips with a satisfied expression. The whole stick of buttery goodness has completely disappeared, and you can hazard a guess as to who is to blame. And it ain’t Paula Deen!
Is my dog at risk after consuming a stick of butter?
Many dogs cannot tolerate lactose, and since butter is a milk product, this may cause concern. If your dog ingested the butter wrapper as well, gastroenteritis may be an even bigger problem. And all that fat may cause acute pancreatitis.
What can happen to my Pup?
First, you should know that the butter itself is not toxic, and because of its greasy nature, it’s expected to cause loose stools for some time.
However, there are certain complications which may occur as a result of this foray into dietary indiscretion.
You should look for signals of gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It may be marked by a variety of signals, starting, of course, with diarrhea and vomiting.
You surely already know what this feels like, as most human beings have gone through at least one bout of what may be commonly referred to as “stomach flu”.
Remember the painful cramps, and the uncontrollable urge to relieve yourself? Well, that is what your pooch may be going through.
Pancreatitis is another concern.
The pancreas is an organ responsible for the manufacture of various digestive enzymes.
Most people can tell you that this the part of the body produces insulin, but that is only one of the hormones it produces and distributes.
The problem arises when it becomes inflamed due to unhealthy eating habits, because once it becomes inflamed, the digestive hormones it has produces are trapped within the organ itself.
Once this happens, unfortunately, they will continue to do the job for which they were designed, and that is to digest things.
Since they are trapped in the inflamed organ, they will start to break it down from the inside. This, of course, is not good.
Pancreatitis usually develops because of unhealthy eating habits, but acute cases can happen if your pooch consumes large quantity of fatty food on a single occasion.
What do I do if my dog Just ate the butter?
So, you’re looking at your canine buddy after he’s done the deed and you have no idea what to do now.
If the incident has just occurred, say within the last thirty minutes, you should attempt to induce vomiting.
How To Induce Vomiting?
You’ll need 1 ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide per pound of your pup’s weight.
Please make sure to read this guide on the proper way to do this.
But before you try this, get in touch with your veterinarian and explain the situation, The doctor will describe safe and effective ways to help your dog rid himself of the offending substance.
But in order to advise you, he must be made aware of your dog’s condition, when the incident occurred, and any diseases or disabilities he may have.
Once you have succeeded in your endeavor, it is important to seek veterinary assistance by visiting your vet’s office , so he can advise you on supportive follow-up care, and prescribe any medications if necessary.
If you could not get your pup to vomit, it is still important that he sees a vet to assess his condition and avoid any complications which may arise.
Seems like an expensive price to pay at the end of the day, but better your pet is safer than you are sorry.
Signs and symptoms To Watch For?
There are a number of things you should look for once you have determined that your canine buddy has consumed something not really good for him.
As mentioned before, two of the major, and dangerous, conditions which may arise from the consumption of this greasy substance, wrapped or unwrapped, are gastroenteritis and pancreatitis.
The major symptoms of gastroenteritis are vomiting and diarrhea.
Pay particular attention to these as the color is very significant. If the vomit appears dark, or the stool has a dark color and tarry consistency, this is an indication of internal bleeding.
Other signals include nausea, dehydration, a foamy bile present in the vomit, low grade fever, abdominal tenderness, lethargy, and loss of appetite.
While some people choose to feed peanut butter or something of the like, if your pooch has eaten the paper and all, the good news is that the fat in the butter will often lubricate the passage of the paper wrapping through his digestive system.
Unfortunately, this might not always be the case, and your animal could develop a dangerous blockage.
Another dangerous condition which may result from ingesting an excessive quantity of a greasy substance could be pancreatitis.
As I have described previously, this is an inflammation of the pancreas, the organ in charge of producing hormones which aid in the digestive process.
If the organ becomes inflamed the hormones it produces will not be delivered to the places they were destined for, such as the intestines, but be trapped inside, where they may begin to affect the organ itself.
This can cause permanent damage, not to mention the acute discomfort your beloved animal will experience. Not a pleasant thought.
This inflammation is usually the result of an unhealthy diet over a period of time, but acute cases can be caused by a single consumption of certain kinds of food.
Symptoms of the condition are nausea and vomiting, swollen abdomen, arching of the back, gagging, and lethargy or restlessness.
If any of these occur, call your veterinarian. Your fido is suffering, and seeking veterinary assistance is his best chance for some relief.
Whatever happens, just remember that this fatty substance is not toxic for dogs. If it were, we would probably all be dead.
However, your fido should not eat such an excessive quantity at one time, and it could cause some problems. You should be prepared to deal with the issue before your pooch pays too high a price for his gustatory curiosity.