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Q. Our dog was chewing on a Citronella candle? Will she be ok?

A. The toxicity depends on how much citronella Candle your dog has ingested and the size of your dog. Small/moderate quantities usually may lead to gastrointestinal signs such as diarrhea, vomiting but do not cause any other systemic or gastrointestinal signs.

A bland diet (boiled chicken and rice in smaller portions) for the next 24-48 hours is usually recommendable.

If signs such as depression, lethargy, inappetence, abdominal pain/discomfort or severe vomiting/diarrhoea with blood should occur, I would strongly recommend to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible and take her for a check up and appropriate treatment. Gastrointestinal obstructions might happen and that would require immediate veterinary attention.

Answered By
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS

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