My Dog Ate Plastic Wrappers – What to Do Next

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Swallowing a piece of plastic wrapper can have life-threatening consequences for dogs of all sizes and breeds. You should take your dog to the vet as soon as you can once you have found out that he has ate some plastic wrapper.

What happens to dogs that eat plastic wrappers

The side effects and symptoms will depend on factors such as the amount and size of the plastic wrapper. One of the main dangers with swallowing plastic wrapper is the risk of acute choking. The dog may choke on the plastic wrapper if it creates an obstruction in the dog’s airway.

Just as bad is the risk of intestinal blockage. There is a good chance of the plastic wrapper getting stuck in the dog’s stomach or intestines, especially if they are puppy or a small-sized dog. Surgery would most likely be required to extract the obstruction. Dogs that suffer from intestinal blockage may display symptoms like a lack of appetite.

If you are lucky, the dog might have chewed the plastic wrapper into extremely tiny pieces before swallowing. In such cases, the pieces of plastic wrap may pass along the dog’s gastrointestinal tract without any consequences. This, however, isn’t a risk worth taking. You are better off having the dog diagnosed and getting peace of mind.

What to do if your dog ate a plastic wrapper

Take your dog to the vet, even if he is acting normal. The side effects of ingesting a plastic wrapper might not always be immediate. It may take several hours before your dog shows any symptoms. You should have your dog carefully monitored for at least a few days. Pay special attention to their eating and pooping habits.

How long for a dog to pass a plastic wrapper

It may take up to several days before the pieces of plastic wrapper finally passes and appears in the dog’s stomach. It may take even faster if the pieces of plastic are extremely small.

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