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What to Do When Your Dog Swallows Something He or She Shouldn’t

Dogs swallow things they shouldn’t all the time!

Dogs love to chew on things of all shapes and sizes, but unfortunately, sometimes they take it one step further and actually swallows things that they shouldn’t. If your dog has swallowed a foreign object, you need to know that it can cause a whole host of problems, including obstructions or perforations of their intestines. But if you didn’t actually see your dog swallow something, how do you know if he or she did?

Signs that your dog swallowed a foreign object:

  • Gagging or Vomiting
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Behavioral Changes
  • Changes in Bowel Movements

What to do if you notice any of the above signs or you see your dog swallow something.

You need to bring your dog to our pet surgery center immediately! We offer 24-hour emergency care, and we serve Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings. You should never try to induce vomiting without the input of a veterinarian, as many objects can do a lot of damage as they are coming back up. It’s also important that you don’t try to wait until your dog passes the object. If your dog does end up needing surgery and you wait, the object could pass from their stomach to their intestines, which is a longer, more intensive and more expensive surgery.

Dogs swallow things they shouldn’t all the time, and the best and only way to deal with the problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn about common objects that dogs have swallowed.


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