Are you always worried that your dog will swallow something that is indigestible? Is your dog always curious about eating anything in their way? Most dogs from time to time tend to eat something that they shouldn’t, and we all heard stories about dogs that were rushed to vets to get their stomach pumped. But what should we really do in these cases?
We are very watchful of what our dogs eat, but it’s sometimes that they eat something without us noticing. If you are wondering about signs that you should look for if you suspect that your dog ate a foreign object, these following points will help you out.
- Vomiting (usually starts as food and proceeds to water) or gagging
- Painful abdomen
- Lack of appetite
- Changes in typical behavior
- Changes in bowel movements — diarrhea, constipation
- Blood in stool (the most dangerous symptom, and requires immediate intervention from your vet!)
If your dog shows any sign of these, you should call a vet right away for extra assistance. If they are showing normal behavior most probably they will be fine.
Most of these foreign objects are small and can pass out with normal stool, but what if that object is a little sharp and you can’t reach the vet right away. Here are some home remedies that you can make and let your dog eat that will help wrap around those sharp edges and make them more comfortable.
Note: those are merely quick first aid suggestions, and will not replace your vet’s advice.
First aid if your dog ate a sharp object:
- Mix pumpkin puree with bread into mush then feed to the dog.
- Give them yogurt. 1-2 tubs of yogurt, depending on your dog’s size, will help protect stomach lining being a natural antacid, and will also help move your dog’s bowels to get rid of the object during elimination.
- Use cotton balls and dip them in cream or yogurt, then feed them to the dog. The amount to eat varies depending on the dog and the object’s size. Be careful not to go overboard with the quantity you’re giving them. This method is a bit controversial, and we recommend to use it only as a last resort option.
Of course if the object was large, very sharp or you are not sure about it you should immediately call a vet and schedule an appointment just to make sure that everything is ok. And just be extra careful around dogs.
If you have a baby you will be very cautious about what you leave on the floor, or what size the toys they play with should be. These are things that you should also consider when you have a dog.
Written by Farah Khaled
Sources: Blurit , Ceasar’s Way
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