Help! My Dog Ate Plastic (Or Another Foreign Object)

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Some dogs are not the most sensible when it comes to choosing what they put in their mouths. If your dog is particularly determined, it can seem almost impossible to stop them from eating things that they shouldn’t, no matter how hard you try. Sadly, it is common for foreign objects that are eaten to cause serious gut damage or even obstruction of the bowel.

Severity:

Mild if the object can pass, but severe if the object becomes stuck or is sharp

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Key points

  • Small or soft objects may pass on their own
  • Foreign objects can commonly lead to vomiting, diarrhea, or straining to pass feces
  • You will need to see a veterinarian if your dog develops any symptoms
  • Blood tests, scans, or x-rays may be needed
  • If the object causes a gut blockage, surgery is required

Common in:

Symptoms and types:

If the material is sharp or pointy, like a skewer or bone fragment, it may penetrate through the wall of the gut, and lead to infection. 

Understanding the diagnostics

Learning about the causes

If the material is sharp or pointy, like a skewer or bone fragment, it may penetrate through the wall of the gut, leaking fecal material into your dog’s belly and leading to a serious and life-threatening infection called peritonitis. 

If your dog eats plastic or another foreign material, it's always best to inform your veterinarian that it has happened so that you can get their advice.

Best treatment options

Home remedies and their effectiveness

When to see a vet

FAQ

Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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