My Dog Ate Bandaid What Should I Do?

By Julie •  Updated: 07/08/22 •  3 min read
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Dog Ate Bandaid

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Most of us keep some basic first aid items in our homes, including Bandaids. These are great for small sores, cuts, and scrapes. But what happens if your dog eats a Bandaid?

Has your dog eaten a Bandaid? Are you worried the Bandaid will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when something like this happens.

We’ve put together some information about Bandaids and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

What are Bandaids?

Bandaids are a type of adhesive bandage that is made by the Johnson & Johnson company. Bandaids were invented in 1920 and have been popular ever since! The bandages come in various shapes and sizes. Some are plain, while others contain cartoon characters for kids.

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Bandaids usually include an absorbent pad in the center that’s made of woven fabric. The pad sits on a plastic or latex base fabric that includes the adhesive. The Bandaid is used to cover a wound, with the adhesive only sticking to the skin around the wound to hold the bandage in place.

While Bandaids are safe for humans (when used correctly), what about dogs? What happens if a dog eats a Bandaid?

Bandaids & Dogs

Fortunately, in most cases, the Bandaid will not make your dog sick. However, it can depend. The main issue is whether the bandage is large enough to cause intestinal blockage in the dog.

For instance, if a small dog eats a large Bandaid, there’s the danger the bandage could cause a blockage. However, there’s less danger if a large dog eats the same size bandage. So, the smaller the Bandaid, the better.

What to Do if Your Dog’s Eaten a Bandaid

We recommend calling the vet to get their advice and guidance. The vet will be able to tell you whether or not there’s a danger of your fur baby developing intestinal blockage or not.

If not, the vet will provide you with advice on how to help your dog. This may include feeding your dog canned pumpkin (not the kind used to make pies). The canned pumpkin forms around the Bandaid in the digestive tract, helping the bandage to come out in the dog’s poop.

And if the vet believes there’s a problem with your dog, they will advise you to bring your canine companion in right away.

Finally, we always say prevention is the best medicine. Accidents can happen, but do try to keep Bandaids out of your dog’s reach. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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