Q. My 2 dogs ate 4 different kinds of aquarium fish food. Will it make them sick? What should I do?

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A. Fish food is unlikely to be toxic, however it may cause them some major digestive upset if they ate enough. If the ate the plastic container with the food, then watching for foreign body signs may be good as well. You will likely see vomiting and diarrhea for a day or so, and feeding a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice may be best for the next day or so to help soothe and settle their stomachs.

If you suspect a foreign body from eating a container itself, or if the symptoms of digestive upset do not improve in a day or two, contain blood, or worsen, then it is best to contact your local veterinarian.

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