Pug Winnie the Pooh’s hapless pennies

X-rays taken at the first hospital showed Winnie still had a wad of coins in her stomach. Unfortunately, neither the hospital she visited nor the next had a surgeon available, so Thunder eventually admitted her there. Paw Health Network In Cronan Waite, Wisconsin, pennies minted after 1982 contain zinc, which is highly toxic when ingested. The main clinical signs of zinc poisoning in dogs and cats are severe gastrointestinal distress, possibly ulceration and hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells). Other signs may include heart changes, pancreatitis, possible kidney failure, and liver damage.

“Once they confirmed Winnie still had coins in her stomach, including coins that contained zinc, she had to undergo surgery as soon as possible due to potential zinc poisoning,” said Dr. Renee Schmid, Senior Veterinary Toxicologist at the Pet Poison Helpline. “Winnie has clinical symptoms consistent with zinc toxicity, including anemia from hemolysis, pancreatitis, and severe gastrointestinal distress. One of our most important recommendations is surgical removal of coins rather than recommending chelators, because if zinc-containing objects are Chelating agents increase the absorption of zinc. Still present in the stomach or intestines. Once the coin is removed, zinc levels drop rapidly and chelation is usually not required. Chelation is a process using a drug that seeks and binds in the blood Certain metals, which produce a compound that is excreted in the urine.Due to hemolysis, Winnie was severely anemic and required a transfusion of packed red blood cells to make her stable enough for surgery.

“They actually had to operate on the Cubs twice,” the Thunder explained. “When they finished the first operation to remove the coin, they did another X-ray, which showed she had something in her body. When they went back, they found that the acid had corroded one of the pennies and they had to scratch it. come out.”

“As we suspected, Winnie’s condition began to stabilize and improve after surgery,” added Dr. Schmid. “Winnie’s post-operative care included IV fluids, analgesics, antibiotics, and medication to help control her vomiting and nausea.” Fortunately, her anemia improved the next day, and her other clinical symptoms continued to follow. Continue to improve over the next few days.

“She had to stay in the hospital for two nights,” Thunder added. “When she got home, she had to put on the cone, she wasn’t allowed to jump, and she was prescribed some medicine. The good news is that she was back to her normal little self. We still don’t know where she found the coin. I Dad was working on old cars so we thought she might be looking around and found some old coins on one of the cars with some goodies spilled on them. Who knows?

Winnie’s penny was far from lucky.since May 23, 2022is National Lucky Penny Day, and toxicology experts at the Pet Poison Helpline are warning pet owners of the dangers of zinc poisoning by sharing Winnie’s harrowing story. poison tail Case of the month.

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