You’ve probably heard of “porch pirates” who steal Amazon packages left on the porch or outside a home. This is a common problem, especially around the holidays. However, it’s possible that some porch pirates are not the “two-legged” kind, but they have four legs! Dogs have been caught on Ring camera videos stealing Amazon packages from people’s homes and then chewing up the box and all! But what happens if a dog eats an Amazon package?
Has your dogs eaten an Amazon package? Are you worried the Amazon package 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 Amazon packages eaten by dogs and whether these packages can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is an Amazon Package?
Most of us know what an Amazon package is; however, it’s a good idea to consider what the package is made of and more.
Amazon packages are usually packed in a cardboard box that fits the size of the product(s) inside. Products in the boxes can vary from food and supplements to electronics and cleaning supplies. You never know what’s in an Amazon package, unless you ordered it!
Other contents in the packages can include more cardboard packaging, bubble wrap to protect the contents, and more.
While Amazon packages are considered safe for humans (at least most of the time!), what about dogs? Can an Amazon package make a dog sick?
Amazon Packages & Dogs
Unfortunately, Amazon packages can make dogs very sick. For one thing, if a dog eats a large amount of cardboard, it’s possible the cardboard could create an intestinal blockage. This can be a life-threatening condition if it’s not treated.
Secondly, the products in the Amazon box could also make a dog pretty sick, depending on what they are.
Symptoms of Amazon Package Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten an Amazon package:
- Abdominal pain & swelling
- And more
If you notice any of these or other concerning symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of Amazon Package Ingestion in Dogs
The vet may run x-rays to determine how much of the Amazon package your dog has eaten. The images will also let the vet see where the cardboard is located in your dog’s digestive system. The images will also let the vet know if your dog has eaten anything else that was in the box!
If your dog has an intestinal blockage, the vet may need to perform surgery to remove the Amazon package and other items safely. The vet will also repair any damage these items could have caused.
They will also treat any other symptoms your fur baby may be having after eating the Amazon package.
The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt medical treatment after eating an Amazon package (and its contents). In the future, it’s best to keep your dog where he can’t get to yours or your neighbors’ Amazon packages. You’ll both be happier for it!