Adrienne is a certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, former veterinarian assistant and author of Brain Training for Dogs.
Worried your dog has an intestinal blockage? If you own a dog with a ''vacuum cleaner'' reputation, you should be extra careful to recognize the early symptoms of an intestinal blockage.
The list of objects retrieved from dogs' digestive systems each year is quite impressive and, every now and then, surprising. The most commonly found are coins, bones, sticks, parts of toys, socks, stones, buttons, underwear, balls, tampons, and marbles. Though they are digestible up to a certain extent, rawhide chews can also cause trouble for some dogs, especially if they tend to gulp their treats.
7 Symptoms of an Intestinal Blockage in Dogs
The symptoms of intestinal blockages in dogs vary depending on the location of the blockage in the digestive tract. The most common signs of blockages include:
- Lip smacking
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain (praying position)
- Difficulty defecating
If left untreated, a blockage in dogs can lead to fatal complications, such as perforation of the bowels and peritonitis. However, if you can have your dog seen quickly, you can sometimes avoid surgery and have the item removed via endoscopy.
Also, depending on what the dog ate, the vet may suggest inducing vomiting before a blockage occurs; this may work if the dog swallowed a soft item such as a sock.
If your dog just vomits once but otherwise appears okay and continues to have normal bowel movements with no other symptoms, they may have just had an upset stomach that can be treated at home. If your dog isn't pooping, it may also just be constipation, which could also be handled at home (if it's a mild case).
However, constipation in dogs is not very common, and many times dogs who appear to have constipation are in realty having diarrhea with tenesmus (dog feels the urge to have a bout of diarrhea, but nothing comes out or just a few droplets make their way out), rectal pain as it may happen with anal gland problems or they are truly dealing with a blockage.
In general, it's the combination of symptoms that is especially alarming, and even more so, if your dog has a tendency of gulping down things.
See a Vet Immediately If Your Dog Swallowed Something
Dogs that begin to appear listless or uninterested in food, start vomiting, have abdominal pain, pass bloody or tarry stools, strain to pass stools, or just do not act normally should be seen by the vet immediately.
Dog Intestinal Blockage Timeline
|Location of Blockage||Symptoms||Time to Show Up (Usually)|
Licking lips, swallowing a lot, regurgitating right after being fed
Shortly after swallowing something
Vomiting that occurs within a few hours of eating. This type is usually caused by large, smooth items.
A few hours
Vomiting after eating, abdominal pain, distended abdomen, fever, shock
Toward end of small intestine
Vomiting usually takes place 7 - 8 hours after eating, diarrhea
7 - 8 hours after eating or later
A Rough Timeline of When Blockage Symptoms Show Up
Considering that the transit time for items to move through the gastrointestinal tract is anywhere between 10 and 24 hours, no matter what it is—a tampon, corn on the cob, or chicken bone. The symptoms of an intestinal blockage generally occur within 24 hours after swallowing the problematic item.
However, depending on where the item lodges, the time frame may vary—the earlier in the system the item is lodged, the sooner symptoms will emerge.
If the blockage is in the esophagus, symptoms appear rather quickly after swallowing the object. Affected dogs will likely:
- Lick their lips.
- Swallow a lot.
- Regurgitate right after being fed. The vomit may emerge in an oblong tubular shape and may include undigested kibble in large pieces.
They also often suffer from dehydration because they're unable to eat and drink properly. Because they are unable to keep food down, these dogs go downhill pretty quickly.
If the blockage is in the stomach, the pylorus is often blocked, which will prevent food from making it through the intestinal tract. Therefore, episodes of vomiting will usually occur within a few hours after eating. The objects that most commonly create blockages in the stomach are large smooth items, such as golf balls, marbles, and bones.
If the blockage is in the small intestine, the object was able to make it through the pylorus but got stuck in the bends of the small intestine. When this happens, gas accumulates, causing the intestine to become distended. Eventually, the blood supply may be cut off, causing the tissues to die.
In this case, dogs will begin vomiting soon after eating and display symptoms including:
- Abdominal pain
- Distended abdomen
This can even lead to death if left untreated.
If the blockage is further down the road, towards the end of the small intestine, diarrhea becomes a more common symptom. Vomiting may still occur, but will take place 7-8 hours after eating.
Symptoms Do Not Always Happen Immediately
Some blockage symptoms may not occur immediately because the object may only be partially blocking the digestive system at first. For instance, a dog once came into our office six days after swallowing part of a stuffed animal. What happened was that the foreign item bobbed around the dog's stomach for a few days before moving into the narrow small intestines and creating problems.
The relatively large size of the canine esophagus allows it to swallow objects much larger than what can safely pass through the intestines.
— Kris Ann Fazio, DVM
Veterinarian Dr. Eric Discusses Bowel Obstructions in Dogs
My Dog Swallowed a Bone! What to Do?
This is something quite common. You look away from the table for one second, only to discover your dog reaching up to snatch a chicken wing. As soon as you chase him, he swallows it whole. What do you do in this case?
Cooked bones are more likely to splinter than raw bones, presenting a danger to your pet. Here are three things you can feed your dog that hopefully will help protect his stomach and intestinal lining by wrapping around the bone and allowing it to move through his system smoothly.
- 1/2 to 1 slice of high-fiber bread
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of plain canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice
After that, all that remains to do is to wait and see.
As mentioned above, dogs that begin to appear listless or uninterested in food, start vomiting, have abdominal pain, pass bloody or tarry stools, strain to pass stools, or just do not act normally should be seen by the vet immediately.
For more details with some tips from vets, visit What to Do If My Dog Ate Chicken Bones?
What If My Dog Swallowed . . . .
|"Food" Item||Dangerous to Swallow?||What to Do If Your Dog Swallows It|
Cooked chicken, pork, or rib bones
Yes. Cooked bones can crack and splinter, which can be harmful to your dog at any point in the gastrointestinal tract, from entrance to exit.
Feed your dog 1/2 to 1 slice of high fiber food and watch carefully for signs of injury or blockage.
A corn cob
Can cause problems if your dog swallows it whole or large chunks of it.
Watch carefully for signs of obstruction
Can cause an obstruction if your dog swallows large pieces of it
If your dog tends to try to gulp rawhides, don't give them as treats. If they swallow a large chunk, watch for signs of obstruction.
Yes. They can swell and cause an obstruction.
Try to determine how much your dog ate so you can give the vet as much information as possible (if you end up going). Watch your dog closely for warning signs.
How Worried You Should Be About Swallowed Bones? A Vet Explains
If You Go to the Vet: Diagnosis of a Gastrointestinal Foreign Body
Veterinarians will start with a physical examination. They will palpate the dog's abdomen looking for signs of pain and distention—often, they will even be able to feel the foreign object during this step.
X-rays may reveal the object ingested and its exact location, but not all items may be visible with an x-ray. For instance, a rock may show up easily, but a piece of rawhide bone may not.
In some cases, the vet may need to feed your dog barium to make certain items visible on x-rays. The vet can then determine if the item is likely going to pass on its own or if surgery may be needed.
Treatment for Small Objects Ingested Less Than Two Hours Ago
If the dog ingested the foreign object less than two hours ago and the object is safe to bring back up, veterinarians may recommend inducing vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Call your vet ASAP to see if it is safe to induce vomiting (if the object was toxic or sharp, it may not be). If it is, your vet will tell you how much hydrogen peroxide to use. In some cases, if this does not work, the vet may need to administer more effective medications to induce vomiting.
Note: Do not try to induce vomiting without asking a vet's advice. Some items may be dangerous to bring back up and can cause serious problems! Consult with your vet about when it's appropriate to induce vomiting and when it's not.
How to Induce Vomiting If a Small Foreign Body Was Ingested Less Than Two Hours Ago
Other Cases of Removing a Dog's Bowel Obstruction
In other cases, the object can be retrieved with an endoscope (a tool used for looking inside of your dog's body) armed with utensils made for grasping the object. This is helpful if the object is still in the stomach and is not easy to grasp.
Unfortunately, once the object has made its way through the pylorus and the small intestine, surgery is needed.
If there is necrosis (tissue death) of some parts of the intestine, they will need to be removed along with the foreign object and the two ends of the intestinal tract will need to be sutured back together.
Prognosis varies depending on the severity of the obstruction and the presence of complicating factors such as necrosis or peritonitis. Most pets recover fine. However, post-surgery, dogs must be monitored for any signs of leakage from the intestinal tract. Fever and abdominal pain should be reported to the vet immediately.
After surgery, the dog will have to gradually work its way back to solid foods. It should eat a liquid diet for the first few days. Then you can gradually introduce mushy, soft food until the vet allows a normal diet. The dog may also need to wear an Elizabethan collar to prevent him from chewing on his stitches.
How to Prevent Intestinal Blockages
- Keep an eagle eye on your pet. It takes only seconds for them to wolf down a toy while you are turning your back.
- Never give cooked bones (they are more likely to splinter), rawhide, or unsafe toys to dogs with a vacuum-cleaner reputation.
- Keep your dog out of the trash—especially after a barbecue. Steak bones, rib bones, and turkey carcasses are big troublemakers when swallowed.
- Always make sure toys are larger than the dog's throat (and, therefore, impossible to swallow).
- Teach your dog the drop-it-and-leave-it command.
How Dangerous Is the Item My Dog Swallowed? Here Is a List of the Worst Offenders
While anything ingested is dangerous when it blocks the dog's gastro-intestinal tract, there are some items that may do further damage as they pass through. Here are some items that are known for causing complications when swallowed:
- Pennies—Pennies often cause of intestinal obstruction in dogs. What's more, they also may cause zinc toxicity if they were minted after 1982.
- Strings—A string may appear to be an innocent object. But once in the intestinal tract, its waves of movement may cause the intestine to bunch up like an accordion. As the string gets tighter, it may eventually cut through the intestines. This is known as a linear foreign body.
- Alkaline Batteries—A dog's teeth can puncture the battery, releasing acids that may corrode the dog's throat and stomach. Dogs that have ingested alkaline batteries should not be induced to vomit, as their contents are corrosive and can cause more harm on the way up. Consult with a vet promptly or call poison control.
- Cat Litter—Because the litter may start clumping once ingested, it can cause problems—especially if your dog has eaten a large amount.
- Sharp Objects—Oddly, sometimes sharp objects pass uneventfully because the intestinal tract detects their sharpness and does not spasm around them as it does with smoother objects. Should your dog swallow something sharp, try feeding him 1/2 to 1 slice of high-fiber bread that will wrap around the bone, hopefully protecting the stomach and intestinal lining. Alternately, you can feed him 1/4 to 1/2 cup of plain canned pumpkin or 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice.
- Tampons—The issue with tampons is that they are manufactured to swell with moisture. When this happens inside the dog, it creates problems and ups the chances for intestinal blockage. If this happens, feed your dog one of the foods recommended for ingesting sharp objects (listed above) to help prevent the plastic from scraping against the intestinal lining.
How Much Will Surgery Cost
If your pooch is unlucky enough to need surgery, you could be spending a hefty amount of money. Prices, of course, vary by region and the kind of operation that is needed.
According to Dr. Phil Zeltzman, surgery varies also by what part of the dog's body is being operated on. His blog gives the following numbers for the different kinds of surgery:
- Mouth: $370
- Esophagus: $920
- Stomach: $1,140
- Small intestine: $1, 640
- Colon (or large intestine): $640
These are just averages, however. So you might pay one-third or three times these amounts depending on your location, the type of doctor that you see, and the clinic or hospital that you go to.
Wishing Your Pet Good Health!
Good luck with your pet! Hopefully you won't need to see the vet, but if you think you do, don't hesitate.
And remember, for dogs that love to eat everything, be extra vigilant and careful about what you leave around.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
Question: What should I do if my dog has an intestinal blockage?
Answer: If you suspect your dog has an intestinal blockage, your dog should see the vet. Left untreated, the intestines can become injured by pressure necrosis, which can potentially lead to intestinal perforation.A serious infection in the abdominal cavity may arise (peritonitis) and this is life-threatening. So if this is a true intestinal obstruction, things can take a turn for the worse if no action is taken. Your vet will examine your dog and likely take x-rays. Surgery may be needed if there is truly a blockage. If you can't afford the vet, there is an interest-free credit card known as Care Credit which is accepted by many vets nowadays.
Question: My Shih Tzu ate a small portion of corn cob did not show signs for six days. What happened during those six days? She sadly passed away.
Answer: Corn cobs are sadly very problematic considering that they are not digested and they can cause damage as they pass through. Usually, dogs with intestinal blockages show signs. They rarely go from healthy and happy to sickly and then to the brink of dying in a matter of minutes. However, it can happen that it lodges in such a way as to cause a partial blockage (causing little to no symptoms) and then goes on to become complete.
The main concern with corn cobs is pressure necrosis. This happens from direct compression of the blood supply of the intestine. Lack of blood supply leads to necrosis, basically tissue death. If necrosis progresses to all layers of the bowel, the bowel may become perforated, that is, a hole may develop causing leakage. Leakage of contents of the intestine into the abdominal cavity, can cause a serious infection (peritonitis) which can bring death within a few hours.
Question: My dog ate a burger with a wrapper, and he seems to be sick. He’s licking his lips, looks a little dehydrated, but he’s eating and drinking. He’s also playful. Will he be okay?
Answer: In most cases, the wrapper should pass fine in a large dog if it was just the paper, as paper breaks down when exposed to the acids of the stomach. You might see digestive upset such as vomiting or diarrhea due to the diet change and greasy meal. Some dogs prone to it may develop pancreatitis when eating greasy foods. If you notice any vomiting, attempting to vomit with no success, lethargy or anorexia, then you should have your dog seen by a vet just to be safe
Question: I think my seven-month-old puppy might have swallowed a small plastic toy approximately a week ago. I have been watching him, and he seems to be acting normal. He has vomited a few times and had some diarrhea, but he has been eating and having normal size bowel movements. So I'm not sure if I should rush him to a vet for X-rays or will he be alright?
Answer: Since there is vomiting and diarrhea, it may not be a bad idea to take X-rays, just to play it safe. A partial obstruction is a possibility.
Question: My 6-month-old dog got ahold of my small dog's mini bully sticks. I was hoping she chewed them first, but 5-7 hours later she threw up the chucks of bully sticks, grass (she likes leaves and grass) and her food. She then had liquid diarrhea and has been extremely lethargic. It has been about an hour since throwing up, and she has not to eaten or drank. Could it be that she threw the bad stuff up and is just feeling ill and recovering? Or should we see the vet?
Answer: Only a vet visit and x-ray can tell you whether there is a blockage going on or not. Generally, large breed pups pass things more easily than smaller breed pups due to the diameter of their digestive tract. It is good news though that she has vomited the chunks of the bully stick. Hopefully, that was all of it. The upset tummy is not uncommon when dogs eat things they are not used to; therefore, it is possible she is just feeling ill from eating all that. I would suggest seeing the vet if she keeps acting ill and doesn't give signs of recovering, also because she can get dehydrated quickly if she keeps vomiting and having diarrhea.
Question: My ten-year-old Staffordshire is having trouble going to the bathroom. His behavior is normal. He is playing, has plenty of energy, and his appetite is normal. But when he tries to go to the bathroom, he struggles. The stool that he does manage to pass is very loose and in small amounts. Should I give him something to induce bowel movements?
Answer: It sounds like your dog has "tenesmus." It is often seen with colitis, and it causes loose stools which are productive during the first bouts, and then they become scarcer and scarcer with the dog emitting only a few drops of liquid poop, possibly accompanied with mucus and blood. If your dog has loose stools, you will likely need to take care of the diarrhea. Since your dog is ten, it would be best to see your vet so to determine the cause of the diarrhea. Your dog may need meds to fix this. Fasting the GI tract for 12-24 hours and then feeding a bland diet for a few days may help mild cases.
Question: My Labrador puppy has been eating arms off my dads mini army men models and rubber off my moms shoes. She also ingested hair. She has vomited once and she has had watery poop. She won’t poop during the day but she goes every hour at night. This has been going on for the past few days. Should I make a vet call?
Answer: Yes, a vet visit is always a good idea especially in a puppy and especially if there is vomiting and diarrhea combined, considering that puppies tend to dehydrate quite fast. It might not necessarily be a blockage as there are many causes for vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, but you want to go to the root of the problem or at least have the diarrhea under control if an exact cause cannot be identified.
Question: I fed my dog peas and carrots over two weeks ago, and today she vomited them up with a lot of mucus. Can intestinal blockage be possible?
Answer: If you are 100 percent sure that your dog hasn't gone into your trash can, or that somebody in the household fed your dog scraps when you weren't watching, there is a chance that those are genuinely from two weeks ago. When working at the vet, we had clients' dogs vomit socks weeks later to their dismay. I know for a fact that carrots cannot be easily digested, as many dogs pass them whole in their feces. So maybe just as a sock or carrots, these failed to be digested, and therefore were brought back up.
Question: My three-month-old puppy swallowed carpet padding, and now she won't eat or drink anything. Can intestinal blockage be possible?
Answer: These can be signs of tummy upset from a dietary indiscretion, but unfortunately a blockage is always a possibility with a puppy.
Question: My dog is losing a lot of weight and might die. Where can I get free surgery for my dog?
Answer: You can try to apply for CareCredit or contact your local humane society and let them know of your situation. You can also create a GoFundMe page.
Question: My dog ate a corn cob and she vomited quite a few times, but has regular stool. She vomited a few hours after she last ate. I think she might have obstruction, can this pass eventually?
Answer: Corn cobs are sadly a major issue, they are over-represented in the list of troublesome foreign objects ingested by dogs, especially if they weren't chewed much and there are large pieces or the whole cob in entirety. If this will pass or not depends therefore on several factors such as the size of the corn cob, whether it was chewed or not, the size of your dog. Please consult with your vet, the sooner the better considering that there may be complications when a blockage is left untreated for some time.
Question: My two year old rottweiler ate several cooked pork rib bones 48 hours ago. How long should I be concerned? He is eating good and has not thrown up, but seems to be constipated. He has dry stools and I have found bone fragments.
Answer: Usually, we would expect things to pass through anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. The fact he is eating good and not throwing up is a good sign. However, since he seems uncomfortable from the really dry stools, a vet visit would be in order. Ingesting bones can cause stools to become dry and difficult to pass. Your vet can help with this. Encouraging him to drink and feeding some roughage (plain canned pumpkin or whole wheat bread) may help.
Question: I have an approximately eight-year-old boxer. About a week ago, I noticed him scratching his side/underside with his back legs. My 1st thought was he must need a bath, so I gave him one. I don't see any rash. This has progressively gotten worse. He now does this mid-stride while I'm walking him. Could this be a sign of something internal?
Answer: Dogs may express their discomfort in different ways, so it's always a good idea to see the vet when a new behavior takes place out of the blue. This can be many things from abdominal pain to allergies, to a foreign body caught up in the sheath.
Question: What could be the possible causes of blood in the stool?
Answer: There can be several causes of blood in a dog's stool. You may read about them here: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Causes-of-blood-in-a-d...
Question: How can I stop my dog from eating socks?
Answer: This can be challenging, but there are several things you can do to prevent your dog from eating socks and preventing potential blockages. Here are some options:https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Why-Does-My-Dog-Eats-S...
Question: My 80lb dog chewed and swallowed a neighbor dogs tiny tennis ball squeaker toy. it’s been a week now and he’s been pooping and eating regularly. Yesterday he threw up undigested food, and he just threw up his undigested dinner. it’s not uncommon for Jax to randomly have an upset stomach. It might be completely unrelated because it’s a week later? Can it be a blockage a week later?
Answer: It's not unheard of dogs who have partial blockages that then progress and start causing symptoms later. There have even been cases of dogs who have swallowed the oddest things and vomited them up months later. Regardless, if your dog keeps on showing these symptoms, you may want to have your dog checked out by a vet to play it safe. Also, something to consider is that vomiting undigested food after meals on a constant basis also means that he won't be getting enough nutrients as he won't be absorbing much. This may or may not be related to the toy being swallowed, but needs to be investigated, especially if it keeps happening. Hopefully, the ball was chewed up somewhat or was small enough to pass through, but best to play it safe and have some x-rays done.
Question: What do I do if a six-month-old puppy swallows an ankle sock?
Answer: If you are certain he ate the sock and this is very recent (in the last 2-3 hours), you can give your vet a call for instructions on how to induce vomiting. If this timeframe has passed and you haven't seen the sock in the stool or vomited back up, then seeing the vet is important so to see what is going on. Your vet may take x rays by giving some barium (contrast material) and depending on where the sock is along the gastrointestinal tract he or she may suggest whether surgery is needed or if it's feasible to wait and see if he can pass it in the stool. If the sock remains lodged for a long time in an area, there is a risk that a portion of the intestinal tract may not receive sufficient blood flow and this can lead to dangerous necrosis and eventually rupture and life-threatening peritonitis.
Question: My dog has an inch long bristled wire in her intestines, but the vet said nothing around it is swollen. She did vomit for days, but is now on nausea medicine and has not vomited in three days. She has no fever and is very playful. Will the wire pass?
Answer: Whether something is causing a blockage passes or not depends on several factors; how large the dog is, how large the piece ingested is and whether it gets stuck somewhere along the way. Signs of trouble are vomiting, painful belly, lack of appetite, presence of fever (more than 103.5F) and lethargy.
You may need to check the stools to see whether it has passed or not. Most items make their way out in about 24-hours but in some cases can take as long as three days.
If your dog develops symptoms or you cannot locate in the stools, consult with your vet. An x-ray may help determine where the bristle is located.
© 2009 Adrienne Farricelli
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 15, 2020:
Hi Bobby, you may find this article helpful: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/What-to-do-if-Dog-Ate-...
Bobby guiruela on August 14, 2020:
Hello, my 8 year old shitzu swallowed a chicken bone half of thigh. What shouldi do?
Tracy on August 07, 2020:
My 4 month old Weimaraner swallowed a stick whole whilst on a walk as i coukdnt get it of him in time. He has not been sick and seems fine at this happened 12 hours ago should i take him to the vet for an xray or wait out and see if it passes!?
Erin on July 09, 2020:
My 7 pound, 2 year old Maltipoo ate a large wad of hair (mixed with conditioner and whatever else was clogging the shower drain) about 30 minutes ago. He hasn’t vomited and it acting normal. What should I do?
Arya on July 02, 2020:
Hi! My dog only eats things when I’m
Not around. She usually goes for my shoes or whatever she can chew on. I had a blanket in her kennel and she ate the cotton in it. She had been throwing up once a day for the past 2 days. I wanted to wait and see if it would stop, but hasn’t. She eats and drinks, she has a lot of energy, runs around, and personality seems same. When she throws up it looks like the cotton and long with a very light brown tiny to it. Can someone help me with this? I’m taking her to vet in the morning
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 30, 2020:
This is a delicate situation. If it's just poop, it may help to place your dog in a tub and run warm water using a shower head with a sprayer over the area. Usually this will cause the feces to dissolve and flow down the drain. If the feces are especially hard and attached, you can use gloves and gently assist the removal of the feces with your hand while spraying the area with water. However,-and this is where things get complicated-, if there is string or something such as cloth or more foam sticking out along with the poop, vets don't recommend to pull it out (unless it comes away very easily and minimal force is needed) considering that it may cause damage if it's caught higher up in the intestinal tract. Now, leaving the poop as it is can also create problems, as depending on how hard it is and its shape, it can cause it to block future bowel movements and cause a back up. Also, the skin under the offending feces can become infected. It would be therefore best to play it safe and give your vet a call and see what he or she recommends for your specific situation.
Mixhelle on June 30, 2020:
My 1 year old rottie loves ripping his bedding apart, tonight ive noticed poo sticking out his bum, so tried to pull it out but only got what was sticking out. It was full of foam from his bedding, should i worry or he should pass it? He seems ok with everything else, ate tea, no vomiting and its not the first time he has eaten his bedding
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 28, 2020:
Hi Karthik, if this is milkbone's brushing chews you are referring to, consider that there are some reports of them causing blockages when swallowed in large pieces or whole. Of course, there are several other factors to consider such as how big your puppy is (a large breed pup has a bigger intestinal tract than a smaller breed), whether he truly swallowed it whole or chewed some etc. Your vet may suggest just keeping an eye on your dog for signs of problems or taking x-rays to see whether it may be lodged somewhere.
Karthik on June 27, 2020:
My 3month old puppy swallowed small Calcium milkbone fully , is there a problem....
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 25, 2020:
Hi Lauren the jumping and playing sounds encouraging but it may be hard to say whether the diarrhea may be to a change of diet or fat content or whether it may be a sign of a partial obstruction. Only your vet should be able to tell what may be going on, often by taking x-rays.
Stephanie Stephan on June 25, 2020:
My dog is a big playful goofy Doberman mix pit.We had been moving into a new house yesterday and found him eating one of the kids bowling ball plastic toys. I took it away immediately but he being so large he made great damage. Pieces were everywhere. I was then nervous that he might have consumed some pieces.
He ate dinner and start having a dry cough before bed. By the middle of the night I heard him throwing up. It was some plastic pieces of the toy not much else. He seems sluggish this morning. But still had some breakfast, made soft stool and has played with his sister. I'm still highly concern and not sure if I need to make arrangements to see a vet? He does seem sluggish and a bit off in my opinion not as much goof today.
Lauren on June 23, 2020:
My dog is 6 years old and about 30lbs. She ate a cooked steak bone and has now had diarrhea for 2 days. Other then the diarrhea she is her normal happy self. No vomiting, she is not lethargic, and she is still jumping and playing.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 14, 2020:
Hi Ana, glad you were able to induce vomiting in your dog who ate rate poison. Please follow up with your vet to play it safe.
Ana Henriquez on June 13, 2020:
Thnks so much.
With ur video , you saved my dog life .
Eat rat poison .gave to drink peroxide to vomit .it did help.thank you
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 13, 2020:
T, watermelon seeds are small enough to pass uneventfully in a one-year old dog of a large breed since the GI tract is larger. However, some dogs with sensitive tummies may get a little diarrhea or mild GI upset from just eating something different. More problematic may be watermelon rinds if the dog fails to chew the rinds up considering that larger pieces could cause an obstruction.
t on June 04, 2020:
My one year old golden retriever ate some watermelon that had seeds in them. Will he be okay? He’s been panting all day but I’m not sure if thats just because of the heat and excess play... He is a little gassy too but not sure if thats because of new treats...
Sonia Dutta on June 02, 2020:
My dog swallowed a very small size chewable toy duck..but there is no symptoms.. what should I do..
Lance Justin de Leon on June 02, 2020:
My 3-month-old puppy in drank water and suddenly he lost his appetite. What should I do we dont have any vet now can you suggest any solution to be done at home please :(
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 28, 2020:
Hi Mary, did you see parts of the avocado pit in the vomit? That would be important.
Mary on May 27, 2020:
Hi my dog swallowed a small avocado put a few says ago she through up just two times since everything els is normal she eats and drinks fine and the poop is normal nothing in her stool should I be worried about the intestinal problems or there are not enough symptoms?
jayjay on May 18, 2020:
my 2 month puppy eats small chuncks of wood, small rocks & ate tissue twice
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 21, 2020:
This may or may not be due to the stick (in other words, if your dog ate other things disagreeable with his tummy, of course those may play a role). The stick can be problematic in several ways. In the best case scenario, you may be dealing with a simple gastroenteritis triggered by the stick irritating the lining of the stomach,in the worse case, you are dealing with a foreign body obstruction if bits of the stick are blocking the pylorus in the stomach or getting lodged somewhere in the intestines. Of course, there are many variables to consider such as how much the stick was chewed, the size of your dog(smaller dogs are easier to get blockages due to smaller organs), and whether problematic parts of the stick have been vomiting up, clearing the issue or not. So several variables there. Contacting the vet to see what may be going on would be important.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 21, 2020:
Short of seeing the vet and getting x-rays done, there is nothing really else one can do other than checking the dog's stool for signs of the object ingested being passed. Of course, the best course of action is seeing the vet to play it safe and for peace of mind.
Lauren on April 21, 2020:
My dog has been chewing on sticks in the backyard and now vomits about 8 hours after eating and has lose stool, often with mucus and blood and it takes him a while to poop. Could the sticks be related to this?
natalie on April 20, 2020:
my puppy ate a small toy with no stuffing or squeaker inside. he has not passed it and is not showing any signs of blockage. he's been able to go the bathroom but no signs of the toy. it has been a few days and i am a little worried that he has not passed it. everything he eats usually passes in a day or two. maybe i am just freaking myself out by read articles but i want to make sure nothing bad is going to happen.
Dnahla on April 02, 2020:
Hey my dog may have eaten a non used tampon, he is still a pup but he is a big dog.I didn't see him eat it but there was a tampin rapper that i have no clue where it came from. he seemed to go back to the place he was eating and lick it so maybe it wasnt a tampon and I'm overthinking, but he went to sleep for a little and work up and i could hear noise from his stomach then he start licking his lips, which he always does but i know thats a sign. My household is alseep and i dont know what to do, I'm trying to look out for symptoms. It's late and I'm tired i don't know how long i can stay awake, he seems to be fine now he is sleeping but im still worried.. thank you 2:51am
Caralyn on March 17, 2020:
My dog ate A lot of styrofoam What do I do he has been throwing up white foam.
Haleigh on March 04, 2020:
My 2 year old Shepard ate about 12 inches of medical tape, 6 inches of medical vet coban wrap and a small piece of medical bandage last night she is eating and drinking, I am giving her ice cubes and watching her closely. She is gassy and she has used the bathroom a few times but it’s just a small amount. She is acting normal, playful and happy. Should I take her to the vet?
Will may on February 12, 2020:
Go see a vet
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 10, 2020:
Glad to hear she is still doing fine, thanks for the update. I am like you, when my dogs got sick, I would worry a lot and even feel sick myself. I think the drinking less may be due to the fact that you are feeding a wet diet as the same happened with my dog. Of course, mention it to your vet to make sure. I hope your dog makes a full recovery. You are such a dedicated owner and doing your best!
Danielle Christine on February 06, 2020:
Thank you. I took her yesterday to the vet for some pc. of mind because I'm worried sick about her. And I've been calling the vet notstop since monday morning. She has no temp. She has no fluid in her stomach. Her intestines looked normal no bulging in any spots and no built up gas. They said if it was still in her stomach she would be throwing up and probably not eating. She is still eating rice and ground turkey mixed with water. Other than than she isn't drinking. They gave her a rectal and pulled out two pretty sizable pcs. of plastic.One was almost three inches long. They feel pretty confident That it has made its way to the colon. Hopefully. She ate again this morning but has not gone to the bathroom since yesterday. Only urine. They gave me some WD dog food to try to help. She seems a little mopey this morning so I'm really hoping that I can get her to go for a walk and pass the rest of this night guard. The waiting and praying is awful. Its clear very hard plastic but the doctor said her dog ate razor blades and passed them without incident amazingly but it took awhile. That made me more hopeful but I'm still sick to my stomach until I know she is back to normal.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 06, 2020:
Hi Danielle, the outcome of obstructions depend on a variety of factors. For example, an important factor would be whether your dog chewed up the mouth guard and another factor is whether there are larger pieces which may get stuck somewhere leading to a full or partial gastrointestinal obstruction. Smaller dogs are more at risk due to smaller intestinal tracts. Another concern is if there are any sharp plastic pieces that can cause an intestinal tear or puncture as it passes through.
In general, we expect things to pass through in about 72 hours, but it's not unheard of of dogs vomiting back up things several days or even weeks later. Sometimes, partial blockages can take place and these can be tricky because they may not cause the typical signs of a blockage.
Inspecting the stools can give you an idea of how much is passed. This can mean getting a stick and inspecting the inside of the stools too to get an idea of how much is passed. Yucky, but can be helpful.
It is not unheard of, but sometimes dogs can have partial foreign objects in their stomach for weeks and even months without any problems and then suddenly they obstruct fully so it's best to keep this possibility in the corner of the mind should she ever show signs of an obstruction.
For peace of mind, there is always the possibility to get some plain and/or contrast x-rays to help highlight a possible foreign body. However, a compounding factor is that plastic generally doesn't show well in x-rays.
Danielle Christine on February 05, 2020:
My 30 lb. 13 year old healthy cockerpoo ate my mouth guard. She ate all of it three days ago. I called the vet he is aware he said to keep ameye on her. she isn't drinking water but will eat all her ground chicken and rice with water. She is happy going for walks and going to the bathroom. She is urinating and pooping but not a ton. Ive checks and she has passed a bunch of small pcs. of plastic but definitely not all of them. Its been 73 hours. When will she be out of the woods. I'm worried sick about her but she seems fine. No plastic so far came out today on our walk which concerns me. Any suggestions? I want to be as pro active as possible.
Erik on January 22, 2020:
My dog had intestinal blockage and passed the object "Birthday scarf" on his own now he has been pooping water when he does go to the bathroom, is this normal after he passed the object?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 22, 2020:
It is good that no signs of intestinal blockage are being seen. In general, these things are small enough to pass without causing major problems. Of course, see the vet if there are any worrisome symptoms.
Lizzie Ann Bear on January 22, 2020:
Our 3 month old puppy has been chewing on a plastic Frisbee and we believe has swallowed some small fragments from it. It has been taken away now, He is showing no signs whatsoever. Eating and drinking normally. No vomiting or diarrhea and no change in character. Will they just pass if they're small enough. Its been over a week now.
Sharon Coldron on January 18, 2020:
On Tuesday my dog ate some mini chocolate quality street and the wrappers,we are now on saturday ,she had diarrhoea that same night but ok in herself ,the past 2 nights after her night feed ( doesnt happen with morning feed ) she has been sick ,the only difference is i added fresh cooked vegetables .I called the vet and the said monitor her untill Monday and bring her in.She is fine in herself drinking,playing,walking ..Some of the wrappers have passed in her poo but i dont know if any are left and will she pass them
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 19, 2019:
Little scrap, with the fact you are seeing symptoms such as the not eating and bloated tummy, it would best to have him seen. It he did ingest this, hopefully he chewed it up somewhat before swallowing. Pieces are likely easier to break down into parts that are small enough to pass without trouble, but if this was ingested whole or in large pieces, there may be chances that bone is broken down just enough to leave the stomach, but then gets lodged somewhere through the intestines. An xray of the abdomen may solve the mystery and provide peace of mind.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 19, 2019:
Marissa, this is one of those tough calls as there are many variables. It all depends on whether it was swallowed whole versus chewed, the size of your dog, the size of the squeaker and how it is positioned and moving along the intestinal tract-if it was ingested. You can keep monitoring for signs and be ready to see the vet ASAP if any develop, or have x-rays done for peace of mind to see if it's there in the GI system somewhere and whether it may potentially cause problems.
Marissa on December 19, 2019:
What if my dog ate the plastic of a squeaky toy 3 days ago but hasn’t show any symptoms? Should I keep waiting ? I’m not 100% sure he ate it, but he was playing with the toy and it disappeared and couldn’t be found in the whole apartment (just the squeaky plastic)
Little Scrap on December 16, 2019:
About 7 days ago I think my 14 lb Terrier swallowed an entire cooked chicken thigh (I cook then cut up the ckn into little pieces for him daily w/o bones or fat or skin; but this one thigh was next to be cut & disappeared). He seemed fine for a couple days & I thought maybe I threw it away since it doesn’t seem like it would fit in his 1.5” open mouth. Then he quit eating a few ways ago, except maybe a sm piece of a soft dog treat. No vomiting, drinks water as usual & seems active & playful as usual. I’ve tried deeded him all of his fav foods; he will not eat at all & now I’ve noticed that his tummy looks somewhat bloated as I was looking for it to be sunken after no food for 4-5 days now. He seems in no pain whatsoever. He does his “business” in our fenced backyard w our 2 other dogs & it’s been snowing; until I read this article on lodged objects in stomached, intestines, etc., I didn’t think to go watch or look at his defication. I can probe all around his midsection, stomach area w him having no pain.
Just before this started, he had a growth removed from his gum line & teeth cleaned & since he was put under anesthesia for that, wasn’t eating too much before (because of the growth) or after. Then just when he got back to normal & had his appetite back, this.
If he did ingest an whole cooked thigh & it’s still in his body, do they break down & pass or is there something to give them to make them deficate??
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 09, 2019:
Holly, your circumstance is not unusual. At the vet's office we had a case of a dog who vomited a sock up after a week! I am not sure of the exact dynamics of why this happens, but apparently, things that can't be digested sit in the stomach for some time in some cases. With ingestion of foreign objects the biggest concerns are the objects lodging somewhere and causing blockages and causing perforations. Another concern may be the copper although it looks like it happens more in dogs who ingest copper pennies. To ascertain whether any damage was done, you can contact your vet by phone and give an update. Since he just saw your dog recently and told you to give him pumpkin, your vet will likely be happy for an update and may provide follow-up directions.
Holly A Cumbow on December 05, 2019:
Help!! I have a 4 month old border collie puppy. Six days ago he had chewed a laptop power cord in many pieces. Within a couple of hours he threw up about a 2 inch piece. He started having diarrhea several times a day (without vomiting) I contacted my vet and they told me to give him canned pumpkin. He acts totally normal, playing, jumping, full of energy, eating and drinking normal. On the 5th day his bowel movement was somewhat normal again. Last night (day 5) he threw up again, was wads of copper strands, and pieces of wire and the plastic installation. Why did this take so long to come back up and could it have caused internal damage?? Should I take him to he vet now even if there are no signs of anything??
Barbara on November 17, 2019:
My Carin terrier pup ate a whole greenie. Should i be concerned or will she digest it.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 20, 2019:
Hilda, your pup's symptoms sound concerning. Please follow up with your vet.
Caliey on October 14, 2019:
I have a dog and he as a red spot on him tummy and he poos little blood
Hilda Cruz on October 12, 2019:
My 8 week old puppy ate small piece of cardboard. My husband took him to the vet and he threw it up there. It is now 3 days and he does not want to eat. He is drinking pedialyte. He had diarrhea earlier. He has been alert and is walking but i am really concerned. Please advise.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 03, 2019:
David, as the article mentions several times, if a dog has pain or other signs of a blockage a vet should be seen at once. A bloated stomach and pain is very concerning. So sorry your dog is not feeling well.
David on September 22, 2019:
I have fed my one year old dog a half loaf bread and now she just lays there howling in pain stomach is bloated and I want to know if there is anything I can give her or do for her to help her go poop
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 22, 2019:
EllieKate94, the diarrhea may be due to what your dog ate, but it is possible if there is a blockage that you will see progression of signs with lack of appetite and vomiting. It's always best to play it safe and consult with a vet on these things.
EllieKate94 on August 22, 2019:
My 14 week old golden got a hold of my underwear a few days ago, before I could get them away he must’ve swallowed them whole. This happened a couple night ago, the first night he has diarrhea, then in the morning normal poop, very playful, drinking and eating still, then tonight he has diarrhea again, we never saw anything pass through, Could the diarrhea be for the underwear still or something else? He’s has not vomited and his diarrhea is varied, what should I do?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 12, 2019:
Unfortunately, due to so many variables with foreign items (material and size of the item, size of the dog, whether the item changes position within the intestinal tract), it is impossible to tell whether a dog will be fine or not. Even veterinarians can't tell often and that is why they must do x-rays and barium studies to see where the object is and whether it is moving along or not. Please consult with your vet if you suspect your dog may have an intestinal blockage.
Terrykni55 on August 07, 2019:
My 4 month husky ate bow head tie woven with a elastic band what do I do he is acting eating pooping normally
Amber on August 01, 2019:
I have a 10 month old English mastiff. He got ahold of a plush squeaky toy when I was upstairs (he opened the cabinet with his nose to get it) . I came down stairs to find all of the fluff ripped out and noticed the squeaker was missing. I found a tiny rubber piece chewed up on the floor but that was it. He ate the squeaker around 11:00pm. The next morning he seemed fine, he was still eating, using the bathroom and acting normal. When we got home from work he still appeared to be fine. My fiancé let him outside and he did his business per usual. We have a water bucket outside and he drank a lot ! He got sick 3 times (which I suspect is from drinking too much and too fast). The first 2 times were clumps of undigested food and the third time had a few chewed up black hard pieces from the squeaker. It has been about 22 hours. He hasn’t gotten sick since drinking water this afternoon. He has eaten dinner and has regularly used the bathroom. He is still playful and does not seem to be in pain when I apply pressure to his belly. However, I have not been able to locate the squeaker in his poop. Is it safe to say he most likely does not have a blockage and passed it, since he’s acting totally normal and has none of the symptoms?
Jade on July 23, 2019:
Hi my dog had a tennis ball at the weekend, and like all dogs loved stripping the tennis ball fluff! Now she isnt eating any of her food/ is constipated ( have been for a bowel movement couple of times but full of the tennis ball fluff) do you think she will need surgery if i took her too the vets?
Kathie on July 11, 2019:
I got a 8 week old King Charles cavalier a week ago. Today she swallowed a piece of plastic from an outdoor wicker chair. It was about an inch long, 1/4 inch wide. She seems fine, she’s eating, drinking, peeing and pooping fine. She’s had 3 poops since she ate it, but there’s no sign of the plastic yet. She ate it approximately 8 hours ago. I’m worried she won’t be able to pass it, as she is so tiny. Should I take her to see a vet?
Caitlin on June 30, 2019:
My 6 month old lab has swallowed a stone she is sleeping a lot and looks sad she is eating and drinking should i take her to the vets immediately?
JenniferLou on June 22, 2019:
A friends 12 week old (40 lb)puppy was visiting a week ago. Today I noticed that the ropeknot tail from one of my dog's toys (a toy he never plays with)had been chewed off and I haven't found the tail any where yet. Since more than a week has passed is it likely the puppy didn't swallow it? Or should I be informing the puppy's owner about my discovery?
Caroline on May 04, 2019:
Hi, I have an english bulldog and yesterday he swallowed a large watermelon skin. The next day, he started to vimit(8-10 times), he drinks alot of water but later on vomits it out, he is sleeping alot too, looks sad and depressed, he doesnt want to eat anything, and is breathing heavy. I told my mom but she said that maybe he will be okay later but i worry about him. Do you think he would be okay for a couple of more days? Or should we take him right now to the vet?
Marlene Sam on April 24, 2019:
My 1 year old Border Collie, Willow died last week due to a small intestinal obstruction. Willow puked 3 times the on a Wednesday, I called the vet that night, they agreed to see Willow first thing in the morning. Willow vomited small amounts that morning on our way to the vet. Vet performed an abdominal physical exam, said she felt fine. Vet told me she look dehydrated, so they gave her an under the skin IV. Took x-rays, said they looked fine. Vet said she had gastroenteritis and sent us home with wet dog food, antibiotics, anti-nausea pills. Well, Willow wouldn't eat, so I syringe fed her for the following three days, that was a Friday through Sunday. Monday morning arrived, and that being the last day of Willow's antibiotics, I was hoping she would have gotten better by then, but hadn't. I called the vet back, they told me to bring her in. I took her in right away, a different vet felt her abdomen and immediately felt it. He told me she needed emergency surgery but not to worry, she had an 80% of full recovery. But I knew better, and sure enough he called me to tell the damage to her intestines was too extensive and that repairing the damage tissue would be impossible I urged him to do whatever it took, cost has never been an issue for my Willow. He told me it was too late. Willow never woke up.
If you suspect your dog has eaten a foreign object or material, DO NOT leave the vets office until they have performed a thorough investigation and has retrieved the item suspected. One string, literally one string could cost your dog their life. And cost you the worst heartache imaginable. 4UWillow!
Holly on April 07, 2019:
My senior beagle got into a pack of baby wipes. We had no idea how many he ate. The following day he started vomiting undigested kibble. This continued for another 3/4 days. We never took him to the vet because he was still acting normal and had a normal appetite (we continued to feed him but in smaller portions). He then threw up 2 large clumps of condensed baby wipes. He since then threw up a single kibble couple hours after his last meal. Should we still be concerned that something is wrong?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 26, 2019:
Duke, this is a difficult situation. If your puppy chewed it up in pieces that is much better than swallowing it whole or in large pieces. If this happened less than two hours ago, you can call an emergency-24 hours vet and ask whether it may be worthy inducing vomiting. If yes, they may give you instructions on dosing. If past the two hours, you typically have two choices, seeing the vet for x-rays to see if it's passing well or waiting and watching for signs. If so, keep an eye on your puppy's poop (you might have to inspect it with a stick) to see if it all passes through. Usually, should show up in poop anywhere between 24 and 72 hours.
Duke on March 26, 2019:
My 4 month husky ate bow head tie woven with a elastic band what do I do he is acting eating pooping normally
Carol curtis on March 02, 2019:
Hi I am worried sick ,my dog may have swallowed my bridge with a false tooth ,I thought I had just misplaced it so I haven’t worried,but it may have been swallowed ,it’s been about 6 days now,with no,vomiting,no pain in the stomach ,running around and going for walks with no trouble,eating normal and going to the toilet.will be taken him to the vet tomorow as I can’t stop worring thank you
JayneF on February 24, 2019:
My 10 yr old springer rescue ate a 5” middle out of an old scatter rug that had no strings visible on Fri night 2/22. We were visiting neighbors and came home w/i 2 hrs. Rug was very thing and had very munimal rubber backing left. Dog vomits his food and this morning (Sun I see signs that his poop is sticking together like material). Gave him Laxaire to try and move it out either way. He is not acting sick. I have vet appt Tues anyway (they are not open til then). Anything else I should do. It’s beyond trying to make him throw up.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 19, 2019:
Any time dogs show signs of an intestinal blockage they should see a vet to play it safe. Vomiting (especially repeatedly) and not eating is particularly concerning and so is not having bowel movements. Shivering can be seen at times just because of stomach discomfort due to eating something unusual and is not necessarily a sign of a blockage. It can be challenging at times telling apart a blockage from digestive upset due to a dietary indiscretion.Feeding high-fiber bread
or cooked brown rice can help with digestion and let things move out, but then. if there is a blockage that cannot pass, waiting can make things worse as the faster things are caught the better. It's always best to just play it safe and just see the vet.
meglaze1 on February 19, 2019:
I'm watching a 6 yr old chihuahua and last night she got a hold of a cooked pork bone and chewed it all night. Today she has no appetite and has not had a bowel movement. She is shivering a lot too. What can I give her so she can have a bowel movement?
Daisy Lane on February 18, 2019:
My dog has had a hard swollen stomach for a few weeks now. He is prone to delving into our bathroom bin which sometimes has used sanitary pads in. He has partly eaten one in the past so I'm wondering if he has eaten one without me knowing. He would have ripped this however and not eaten it while (if he even has). Other than his stomach being swollen though he is eating and pooing quite normal and doesn't seem any more lethargic than he usually is. Do I need to worry?
Lyndsay on February 13, 2019:
My dog ate a giant marble a week ago (we didn’t know if he ate it or if my son lost it) he’s been vomiting a bit and today had a large loose bowel movement with the marble in it. It appeared black but once I strayed to clean it it was just very dark brown with no visible blood. I called the vet and they said to monitor him. Should I do anything else?
Jess on February 09, 2019:
My 6 month old boston chewed plastic cup i found most of it however there is small pieces missing and she wont stay out of our litter box. She now doesnt have much of an appetite and seems to have trouble keeping any thing down. She had a small runny bowel movement and had some trouble getting it out any thing i can do to help her pass them and get her back to normal? Plz and thank u
Erin on January 25, 2019:
I suspected my dog of swallowing a piece of a toy but he has shown no symptoms, no distress, no blockage. Is it possible that the item would sit in his stomach? If so, how long can something remain in the stomach and would it eventually cause health issues? Thank you.
Lynn on January 06, 2019:
My 10 month old husky isn't eating his food. A couple bites but not a lot. He is eating treats and drinking his water and playing like normal. He did eat a rawhide and has a couple molars coming in so he loves to chew. Just curious to why he may not be eating like he usually does. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 24, 2018:
Sofie, so sorry to hear about your sister's dog having this problem right under the holidays. Plastic can be challenging and doesn't always show up in x-rays unfortunately. Did the specialist give any reasonable explanation as to why they weren't able to retrieve the plastic? It sounds like this specialist owes some explanations. Did the dog have diarrhea lately? Sometimes after having diarrhea, dogs won't go for some days. If the dog appears to be straining and only a few drops of diarrhea come out, you may be seeing tenesmus which is often seen with diarrhea. Also, after surgery many dogs won't defecate because they are fasted and they may be in pain. Just adding a few possible contributing factors. I think your sister needs to speak to the vet to provide an update and have a few things clarified. If your dog seems uncomfortable, please have her seen by an emergency vet which is open over the holidays. Hopefully, this will pass soon. Best wishes.
sofie21617 on December 24, 2018:
My sisters dog had eaten a plastic piece from a toy, it got stuck, she went for xray's & IV fluids at the vet. They told her they didn't see anything in xray & that she needs to go to the hospital right away. She took her immediately to a specialist who quoted her $5k worst case scenario. She ended up staying overnight & was getting more fluids then they performed surgery. The one piece of plastic they said was in her colon & they could not remove it. Its been a week now & it still has not passed, her dog has a couple drips of loose stool but has not been able to go or pass the plastic. When my sister calls the specialist they tell her theres nothing they can do & that she needs to be patient. I would think that since they were already inside her during the surgery, couldn't they have gotten it out then? I don't feel like its good that her dog still cannot go #2, I'm ready to call up the local news & tell them about this specialist. $3700 later & my sisters poor baby is still uncomfortable in pain & has not been able to go to the bathroom :'(
Maricela Martinez-shields on November 26, 2018:
my 4 month old pup eats her blanket thats over her kennel and she whines when she tries pooping what can we give her to help her out....please help
Kathy on November 19, 2018:
My three month old puppy swallowed a hard piece of plastic from a Halloween decoration she seems to be fine And playing
isobel.waller@blueyonder,co,uk on November 13, 2018:
my 2 yr old dog, while we have just been out walking in the dark,-- has I feel sure managed to swallow a piece of cling film thrown down fro a sandwich wrapper -I tried to remove from his mouth but his teeth were clenched tight --I threw down treats but it was too late and it has gone over -I searched his mouth when he did allow after the treats but nothing HELP !!
Sharath chandra t on October 08, 2018:
Hello guys my 1 year old dog ate mutton bones about 5 to 6 in last 10 days ago, now it's not eating/drinking anything from past 5 days, we staying in village not able to treat in good veterinary hospital, we giving glucose but vomiting blood motion fully tired now it's not able to stand please help me
Shellwinter69@gmail.com on September 22, 2018:
My dog chelsea in pain when she goes for a poo she been like it for 2 mth she been to vets 5 time they said her bck legs she on pain killers dont know what to do for best
Snavdr@gmail.com on September 15, 2018:
My dog ate, right after eating he puked, 3times I took him to the vet, he stayed over night, they took x-rays. They found no blockage. He was dehydrated. He has not and will not eat or drink anything..
Kelsey on August 11, 2018:
My chihuahua ate a piece of gum yesterday. We induced vomiting and she seemed fine. Today though she can’t keep any food down. She is defaccating normally and seems in good spirits. Is there a blockage or is her stomach still weak or something? Please help.
kathy on August 09, 2018:
Please be careful! My dog had intermittent diarrhea, and slight vomiting. But I came home on Tuesday nite, and she was very ill. My vet could not see her. Took her to emergency vet, after blood work Xrays, iv and pain meds, they informed me that surgery would be $5000 to $7000 and they really did not know if she would fully recover.
I am so saddened, I had no choice but euthanasia.
I loved my 1 1/2 Yorkie, but could not allow her to be in so much pain. And when did costs for pet care become so outrageous?
Derek Ingley on August 03, 2018:
My Dog Swallowed a peice of Metal aluminium off one of those food containers
Chandra on July 31, 2018:
My dog was fine at lunch but when I came home he wasn’t back acting himself. He had a lot of pain in his back legs and rib area. He went pee but I had to hand feed him and he won’t drink water. I’m scared he might have eaten a stick. He won’t come out of his kennel.
Amanda on July 26, 2018:
My little boy was playing with those sizzling noise magnets and my 7month old puppy got to it before we could, and swallowed it. I know he for sure only swallowed one NOT 2. Hes still playful, eating, drinking.. But will he pass it? Will he be okay? Is there anything i can do to make it easier to pass? Anything i shouldnt do? We dont have the $ for a vet but he is part of our family. Any advice appreciated.
todd newman on July 25, 2018:
My dog chewed up a toyNylon rubber hose. We gound her tearing up the rubber part,so we threw it out. She has had diarrhea for a couple of days. She has been pooping in the house which she never does. I woke up this morning and found a pile with a bunch of rubber pieces in it. Does this mean she passed the foreign objects she ingested? We will continue to monitor her stool. Should we take her to the vet? Thank you for your help in advance.
Jesse foster on July 12, 2018:
What should i do ..My dog got ahold of a pillow and ate the stuffing ...he threw up most of it that night ...the next day he threw up a little more about the size of a golf ball his vile was a brownish tent when this happend...after that i took him for a walk and he came back in and drank some water...less the. He usally dose then went and layed down ...he hasnt ate any dog food in 24 hours but i did give him a piece of turkey and he ate that and kept it down ...any suvustions on what i should do
K on June 29, 2018:
My dog was a rescued senior she ate a chicken bone showed no signs of distress had a large bowel movement /several hours later panting hicups. I thought it will go away never had this happen before she died
blababby on June 02, 2018:
Thanks for the response Adrienne! Oddly enough, shortly after posting my comment, I found a mess my dog left on the floor (not sure which end it came from) containing what looked like the remains of 2 of the 3 squeakers. Very relieved his system is so resillient but will continue to monitor his symptoms and bring it up with the vet during our next appointment, just in case there is still one left.
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 01, 2018:
Blababby, An x-ray would be the best way although it may not detect a partial obstruction very well. Another way is to watch for signs of an obstruction (vomiting, pain, loss of appetite,diarrhea). These may show up in the first day or two but there are no rules in stone since the squeaker may move around uneventfully before lodging somehere. See your vet right away as the first sign. Another thing you can do is to examine through the stools to see if it has passed. Generally you should expect it to come out in the first 48-72 hours but as you may attest sometimes it may take longer if it gets temporarily lodged somehere.
blababby on June 01, 2018:
3 days ago I bought my 7 year old , ~60 pound dog a new toy that had 3 small squeakers in it- he normally destroys his toys but he doesn't usually eat the squeakers. But when I went to pick up the fluff remains, I didn't see a single squeaker on the floor. Fast forward 3 days and I still haven't found a squeaker. Rosco, my dog, is eating and drinking just as much as usual. He hasn't vomited at all and is going potty as usual. I could have sworn I heard a squeaking sort of sound when he was breathing heavily earlier but I'm not 100% certain. I recently moved about an hour away from the vet where I used to take him and haven't found a vet nearby that I like yet. I just want to know what to look out for and if it's possible for this swallowed object to cause damage later down the line. Is an x-ray the only way to determine if he ate the squeakers?
My dog has a history of eating paper products (cotton balls, "feminine products", old napkins out of the trash, you name it) and I always am worried it will affect his organs but they always seem to pass eventually, sometimes not for almost a week after he ate them. How long should I wait to bring him in if he is still asymptomatic and generally has no trouble passing "foreign objects"?
Ashley on May 05, 2018:
My puppy ate a small mouse catnip toy of our cats last night. So far everything seems normal, she pooped this morning but there was no mouse toy in it. Should we keep waiting or go to the vet or what should we do?
Kimberly on February 25, 2018:
I have a real hoover super action I'll call it He's 2 month's old and costed 600 in vet bill cause he was act really weird and scared me thinking maybe he ate rat poison the way he was acting I went so crazy cause I rushed him to vet and it took foreverse them to see him I was pacing ready to knock a vet cause I'm thinking I'm gonna lose one of my litter babies fearing my worst nightmare till finally they seen him they took him to check that took forever and finally called me in told me me an xray showed something in his stomach so they gave him apamorphine to make him vomit Oh Boy!! He had pieces of cardboard,plastic ,pieces of wires,and carpet string It was crazy cause I can't figure out how he ate them now he's 3 months I have to watch him like a hawk cause he eats everything his mouth touches but I'm just happy he's alive and most adorable pugyorkie mix you ever seen I love him so much
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 17, 2018:
Donna, so sorry. Plastic is one of the worse things as it's sharp and can get lodged and cause a dog intestinal blockage. Please don't blame yourselves, accidents like this happen a lot. Puppies are very quick in ingesting stuff.
Donna on February 13, 2018:
So thought puppy swallowed some plastic bits we found on bed .Had some emesis during the night and than tried to eat,Took to vet in am examined also had a formed bm that am.Vet gave some fluids nausea meds and shot of antibiotic and to take some oral abt .appt to come back in few days.Puppy just looked like dont feel well.Sons puppy brought him home resting next day came over looked alittle better.during day had taken some water few times and didnt always keep it down by 4 pm had small loose dark stool.By 7pm got up and puppy was stumbling had large loose dark stool,we rushed to ER,His bp was low temp low also bs wasnt able to stabilze him.Ultrasound ok at first than showed some fluid.He was intubated and was struggling so son said let him go.We have been going thru hell and blaming ourselves.
Josh AZ on February 07, 2018:
My 3yr old pup chewed a cat food can and swallowed a bit of the tin. After reading this page and looking threw the comments I made the decision to feed her a half cup of cooked brown rice with some coconut oil. Roughly 36 hours later she pooped out a little ball of brown rice containing the piece of tin. I am so thankful for ever one that made this page and these comments possible! And I hope my story helps another pup in need!!!
Mivred Carter on February 03, 2018:
Have a Doberman, he eats everything, he has lethargy, only drinks , has not popped in 5 days , has intestinal blockage, will mineral oil be use full on block !? Please help someone !
Becca on February 02, 2018:
My dog is eating and drinking somewhat normally,but a couple of hours later,she always throw`s it back up. I know they say you shouldn't get a dog unless you can afford a vet bill. But she was a rescue boxer from a puppy mill,and I just knew they would put her down if she went to a shelter so I took her. What do I do with no money for a vet?
Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 01, 2018:
Debra, sounds like a vet visit is in order. Please see the vet.
Debra carter on January 26, 2018:
I have a small 2 year old mix breed dog that weights around 10 to 15 lbs she has been sheriving off and on all day about a hour ago it got worse and she got diarrhea first it was brown mucus like then it turned green now it is bloody not sever but has blood and she stopped eating and drinking. I need some advice please help