This morning I noticed that Lucy had something in her mouth. I went over and stuck my finger in her mouth and pulled out a dime !!!!! She must be a "magic dog"......I can't wait until she poops, hoping for $100 bills !!!!!!
In 1983, the US Government began minting pennies made of zinc wafers coated in copper rather than out of pure copper. As it is not uncommon for young animals to swallow pennies, zinc toxicity became recognized.
Other zinc sources include nuts, bolts, and zinc oxide based skin creams (such as diaper rash cream and sun screen). One may see a penny or other radio dense object of about the right size on a radiograph or there may be a known history of penny eating. It is important to rule out immune-mediated hemolysis as this is a common condition requiring specific treatment.
The clinical signs of zinc toxicosis include:
icterus (yellow mucous membranes)