New technology, such as AirTags, can be a huge benefit. They can be used in many different ways. In fact, some pet parents even use AirTags on their dogs! But you know how curious dogs can be. They find something that’s new to them and try to figure out what it is. In some cases, a dog may mouth or even eat something like an AirTag! But what happens if a dog eats an AirTag?
Has your dog eaten an AirTag? Are you worried the AirTag will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.
We’ve gathered information about AirTags and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is an AirTag?
AirTags are made by Apple and are about the size of a US quarter (coin). These are trackers that can help you track any number of things, including luggage, keys, your wallet, and more.
AirTags are made of stainless steel and plastic. They also contain small batteries and Bluetooth technology. They can track anything within 33 ft of an iPhone or other Apple device.
While AirTags are safe for humans when used as directed, what about dogs? Can AirTags make a dog sick?
AirTags & Dogs
Unfortunately, it is possible for an AirTag to make a dog sick. First, these devices include batteries that use chemicals to work. In addition, the AirTag is large enough that it could cause intestinal blockage in dogs. This can be a life-threatening condition if left untreated.
Symptoms of AirTag Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten an AirTag:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain & swelling
If your dog shows any of these or other symptoms, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of AirTag Ingestion in Dogs
The vet may first order x-rays to see if the AirTag has become lodged in your dog’s digestive tract. If so, the vet may need to perform surgery to remove the AirTag safely and repair any damage it may have caused to your fur baby’s digestive tract.
In addition, the vet may test your dog to see if he’s been contaminated by any of the chemicals used in the AirTag. If so, the vet will treat your canine companion’s symptoms as they arise.
The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt treatment after ingesting an AirTag. In the future, it’s best to keep AirTags out of your dog’s reach and not to use an AirTag to track your dog. You’ll both be happier for it!