Has your dog eaten a koozie? Are you worried the koozie could make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll take a look at what a koozie is, whether it can make your dog sick or not, and what you should do if your dog has eaten a koozie. Let’s get started!
What is a Koozie?
You may not be familiar with the term “koozie” in the US. This is actually an Australian term, which is for one of those insulated sleeves you put over a soda or beer can. In the US, these are called “cozies,” but they’re the same thing.
These can sleeves are extremely popular during the hot summer months. The koozie helps keep the can cooler while absorbing some of the condensation that comes off the cans in the heat.
Why on earth would a dog eat a koozie? Well, there’s no way to tell for certain. It could be the koozie that smells like you or some food you’ve been eating. No matter the reason, there are some dogs that will eat just about anything, including a koozie!
But can a koozie make a dog sick?
Koozies & Dogs
Yes, a koozie can make a dog sick. The problem is the koozie is usually made of a firm fabric or foam. If this fabric or foam is ingested, it can become lodged anywhere in the dog’s digestive tract. This creates a medical condition called an intestinal blockage.
Symptoms of an Intestinal Blockage in Dogs
Your dog may develop these symptoms after eating a koozie:
- Loss of appetite
- Tarry stools
- Excessive drooling
- Abdominal pain & swelling
If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, then call the vet immediately. This is may be a medical emergency. An intestinal blockage can kill a dog if it’s left untreated.
Treatment of an Intestinal Blockage in Dogs
When you reach the vet’s, they will perform a physical exam on your dog. The vet may also order lab work, as well as imaging tests, such as x-rays. The x-rays are done to show where the blockage is located. This information will help the vet determine how the condition needs to be treated.
If the blockage is in the intestines, then your fur baby will require emergency surgery. The surgery is done to safely remove the foreign object (the koozie, in this case). After surgery, your fur baby may need to be hospitalized for a few days.
The good news is that most dogs, who receive prompt medical treatment, will go on to make a full recovery! And we hope your dog stays away from koozies in the future!