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Biscuit just ate something bad

Oh dear, I feel really stupid. I was working at the computer and could hear Biscuit chewing away nearby . I checked it out and found he was devouring a soft plastic syringe that had accidentally fallen on the floor when I aimed for the waste basket. It's a syringe for some liquid medicine I take, no needle or anything, but I guesstimate he ate most of it, at least 8 inches worth!!!!!! The remnants have some sharp edges. I am so mad at myself.

Should I do anything? Or just watch and wait. He has eaten entire toys before and nothing untoward happened. I guess in the natural state dogs eat a lot of bad stuff, i.e. bones & garbage, and can handle it.

But I am worried about an obstruction. We leave for Hawaii in a week, and I wonder how long something like that could take to show up. Thanks for any input.

and HEATH-Y, TOO !

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Oh no! I would be worried about obstruction too. What kind of medicine was in it? I am not sure if this would be a good time to induce vomitting, as it depends on the medicine. Boy, don't these little ones love to scare us? Please keep us posted and I hope everything is okay.

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The syringe was totally empty of medication. And rinsed clean. So there's no problem there. It's just ingesting so much soft thin plastic, with sharp edges, that I'm worried about. He probably chewed it into little bits that will pass. But, jeez, I thought that stage of puppy chewiness had passed. He hasn't done this in a long time. I am always careful about leaving anything out, too, that might be a hazard.

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Amy, that must be really scary! I would watch him for next few hours to make sure he is okay and to put your mind to ease, you may want to call your vet and see what s/he recommends. Perhaps an x-ray would help? I am sure the other forum pals would have great suggestions and tips.

I do hope that Biscuit would pass the little bits and he would not have any problems. Sending you and Biscuit tons of luck and healthy, safe thoughts!

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Amy, I'm not sure if plastic shows up in Xrays or not. I think you should just call the vet for peace of mind. It will probably pass today or tomorrow, just keep an eye on the poop. I know you are worried but try to relax and it's great you will be so aware.

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Holy Shmokes!

My first thought would be xray? I would call the vet and talk to someone knowledgeable on the subject, preferably the vet themselves and ask what to watch for, etc.

If his tummy starts hurting, he'll certainly let you know. I'm glad there wasn't any medication involved. Biggest hugs to Biscuit!

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Oh gosh how scary Amy. My breeder use to tell me to give them a teaspoon of some type of oil if they ever eat a good chunk of a toy. It is suppose to help it come out easier. I am beating my head trying to remember what type of oil it was and she is not home right now. If I find out I will let you know.

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Oh my! Poor Biscuit! That little stinker!!! I sure hope it passes...Like others suggested,I would call the vet/x-rays or something? They then could maybe tell you approx.size of the pieces,and whether they think they could be passed? I watch Emergency Vet on tv sometimes and I've seen some pretty bazaar things pass through......

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Oh gosh! What is it with this obsession to eat strange things? (Ollie has decided he likes to eat carpet!) I don't have any advice other than call the vet that others have given, but am sending a


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Oh Amy, I know exactly how you feel. Several months ago Milo ingested not only dssicant from a bottle of medication, but the plastic that encased it. I called the vet and they referred me to poison control, who $55 later told me not to worry, that there wasn't enough "stuff" to get him really sick. That was the night before he was scheduled for the big snip. Needless to say I cancelled at the time, afraid to have him put under. Since then he's eaten his fair share of pen parts and other plastic. They do terrify us.

I would call the vet if I were you.

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