My Dog Ate Aluminum Tin Foil – What to Do Next

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It can become a potentially dangerous situation if you have a dog that accidentally ate some aluminum tin foil. The severity of the situation will depend on a number of factors such as the size and amount of tin foil the dog swallowed.

Dangers of aluminum foil for dogs

The biggest danger of swallowing aluminum foil is the threat of intestinal obstruction. The piece of foil might be large enough to get stuck in the dog’s gastrointestinal tract. This can increase the risk of obstruction and choking in dogs. This can eventually lead to death if the obstruction is left untreated. Blockage can result in a number of conditions such as bloat and internal perforation.

The secondary risk comes with used aluminum foil. The foil the dog ate might have residues of food and liquids that are toxic to dogs. This could be ingredients like chocolate, garlic, and onion. The content of these ingredients can make your dog feel even more sick.

What to do after your dog ate aluminum foil

First off, don’t freak out when you find out your dog has eaten some aluminum foil. Dogs have a tendency to reflect the emotions of their owners. Stress can make the situation worse. It’s important to stay calm and assess the situation to the best of your ability. Note down how many pieces of foil the dog might have eaten as well other important information such as the time when it happened. This information comes in handy for the veterinary clinic.

Next, we would strongly recommend having your dog be seen by a vet. This doesn’t just apply to dogs that start to show symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. A vet visit could also be important for dogs that act normal. The negative consequences of eating aluminum foil aren’t always immediate. It could take several hours before the dog starts to show any signs of concern.

In the meantime, continue to watch over your dog carefully. The dog might get lucky by having the foil pieces pass through the digestive tract smoothly. You might notice pieces of foil in the dog’s poop after a day or more.


  • Robert Johnson | 12/08/2020

    Our cocker spaniel, Willow ate a large piece of aluminium foil back in March shortly after having an emergency operation for a closed pyometra. The vet said to watch her and see that she still goes to toilet and see if she passes the foil. There has been no sign of the foil and each day she drags her bottom and howls or barks now but as Willow has no difficulty in going to toilet the vet refused to talk about her during lockdown because she said it was not an emergency. Four months on she agreed to do an x-ray and had her in for assessment charging me £37. She then changed her mind and sent Willow home telling me to find another vet. Three other vets we have seen since all refuse to do an x-ray because they say that as she has no problem going to toilet she must have passed the foil. I do not believe that to be the case and I am worried sick. Please tell me that I am worrying for nothing.

  • Sarah | 18/03/2022

    Hi there,
    I’m interested to know the outcome with Willow. Is she ok?
    My lab also ate some foil, to be precise 2 bread rolls wrapped in it. Like my vet advised I waited and watched, but absolutely no foil in his poo and it’s been 10 days.
    He is his normal happy self and all his bowel movements are normal and he is eating and drinking normally, but I’m still worrying that there is foil stuck in him somewhere.
    I’d really appreciate an update x

  • Elsa | 29/04/2022

    Now I would like to know the outcome of your pup. Mine just ate an aluminum tin pan a couple of days ago. I have found some of it on his stool and he has thrown up some of it but I am worried sick.

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