Ankle weights are a popular fitness device that many pet parents use to get in shape. Ankle weights can be easy to use! However, you can bet that some dogs are pretty curious about ankle weights. The dog may play with the weights or even eat an ankle weight! But what happens if a dog eats an ankle weight?
Has your dog eaten an ankle weight? Are you worried the ankle weight will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary if your dog eats something like this.
We’ve gathered information about ankle weights and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What are Ankle Weights?
Ankle weights are fitness devices that attach to each of your ankles. They are like small sandbags that attach around your ankles with a Velcro strip. The weights usually weigh between 1-3 lbs and can be used for everyday activities or used when you’re working out.
Ankle weights are usually filled with sand, which forms comfortably around your ankles.
While ankle weights are safe for humans (when used as directed), what about dogs? Can ankle weights make a dog sick?
Ankle Weights & Dogs
Unfortunately, it is possible that an ankle weight can make your dog sick if he eats it. The materials used to make the weights, along with the sand inside the weights, can cause digestive issues. They can also cause a serious health issue called intestinal blockage.
An intestinal blockage is caused when the ankle weight becomes stuck or lodged anywhere in the dog’s digestive tract. This can be a life-threatening condition if it’s left untreated.
Symptoms of Ankle Weight Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog eats an ankle weight:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain & swelling
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of Ankle Weight Ingestion in Dogs
The vet will run x-rays to see where the blockage is located. The images will show where the ankle weight is in your dog’s system and to determine the best method to remove the ankle weight.
In some cases, the vet may use an endoscopic procedure to remove the ankle weight. However, it may be necessary for the vet to perform surgery to remove the ankle weight. The surgery is also done to repair any damage the ankle weight may have caused.
The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt medical treatment after eating an ankle weight. In the future, it’s best to keep your ankle weights away from your canine companion. You’ll both be happier for it!