My Dog Ate Burnt Wood What Should I Do?

By Tom •  Updated: 03/01/22 •  3 min read
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My Dog Ate Burnt Wood

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Dogs eat the strangest things at times! Some dogs will eat twigs and sticks, while others even try to eat burnt wood out of the fireplace! But what happens if a dog eats burnt wood?

Has your dog eaten burnt wood? Are you worried the burnt wood 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 he shouldn’t have.

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

What is Burnt Wood?

Burnt wood, also called charred wood, is wood that hasn’t completely burned. The wood still resembles wood but has a blackened appearance. Charring may result from burning wood in a fireplace, fire pit, or a woodstove. It can also happen naturally due to forest fires.

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What happens if a dog eats burnt wood? Can charred wood make a dog sick?

Burnt Wood & Dogs

Unfortunately, burnt wood can make a dog sick. The problem is the wood has become brittle and dry. This may make it splinter easily when touched or chewed. It’s possible a dog could accidentally swallow a piece of the burnt wood. This could cause choking or worse.

If a dog swallows a piece of burnt wood, the wood can then become lodged in the dog’s throat, causing him to choke. Another serious hazard is if the burnt wood piece becomes lodged anywhere in the dog’s digestive tract. This can cause an intestinal obstruction. Both of these conditions can be life-threatening if not treated quickly.

Symptoms of Burnt Wood Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten burnt wood:

These are signs of an intestinal blockage, and you must call the vet immediately. This is a life-threatening emergency.

If your dog starts to choke, cough, or have difficulty breathing, a piece of the burnt wood could be caught in his airways. Call the vet immediately.

Call the vet and let them know what’s happened and the symptoms your dog is having. Then let the vet know what time this happened. If your dog has the symptoms listed above, then the vet will want to see him right away. However, don’t wait to see if your dog’s symptoms improve or worsen. He needs medical treatment ASAP. His life depends on it.

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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