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swallowed plastic

Category: general | Submitted: 18 March 2007 03:38PM | viewed 4392 times
Q Jamie asks:

My dog swallowed a small piece of plastic. Should I call the vet immediately or see if he passes it? He has had some diarrhoea and constipation in the past week.

Q Our vet says: If your dog is happy and well (apart from the mild diarrhoea you mention) then you can wait a little while to see if the plastic passes through, which is often the case. However if your dog starts to vomit, seems depressed, goes off his food or stops eating, stands with his back arched or hunched up, or seems to experience any pain or discomfort then you should seek immediate veterinary attention. If the bowels are obstructed dogs can die, so please consult your vet if your dog shows any of the above signs or anything else which is unusual or gives you concern. You should probably seek attention anyway if you think that the plastic was hard or sharp enough to give the possibility that the bowel could be perforated as the plastic passes through.

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