Fluids will be given to the dog in high doses to help correct the shock and to correct the acidosis that is occurring in the dog's blood stream. If possible, the additional unabsorbed iron pills will be removed from your dog's stomach, either by using antiemetic drugs to induce vomiting, or by performing a gastric lavage. This latter method is done with a saline solution that is slowly pumped into the stomach cavity to wash the contents of the stomach out. The contents are removed in small amounts using another tube.
It is important to monitor the dog's blood enzymes and liver enzymes following the treatment. Your veterinarian will schedule a follow-up exam to test your dog's blood to make sure that the iron levels have been controlled. It is also important for you to observe your dog for any signs of gastrointestinal obstruction following the iron toxicity, as the digestive system may react to the toxicity or the medical procedures that were used to resolve the toxicity.
Irritating tissue with a great deal of some type of fluid
A band of tissue that makes a passage narrower
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Extreme loss of blood
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
Term used to refer to any drug or substance that is used to control vomiting.
Anything having to do with the stomach
A condition of the body in which pH levels are abnormally low.