My Dog Ate Dollar Bill What Should I Do?

By Kyoko •  Updated: 02/23/22 •  3 min read
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My Dog Ate Dollar Bill

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Dogs eat the strangest things sometimes! They may eat things that have been dead for days (or weeks!). Dogs also love to dig in the trash for treats that we would find disgusting! Dogs have even been known to eat a dollar bill! But what happens if a dog eats a dollar bill?

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

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

What is a Dollar Bill?

The dollar bill is US currency and is a bill with the lowest denomination (value). The bill sports a picture of our first president, George Washington (1789-1797), as well as the seal of the United States and more.

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Dollar bills are made of paper and ink, which has been the case since the bill was first introduced. The paper is composed of 75% cotton and 25% linen. The bills have green ink on the back, while the faces and other images are made with black, color-shifting ink.

So, what happens if a dog eats a dollar bill? Will the dollar bill make a dog sick?

Dollar Bills & Dogs

Thankfully dollar bills and their components are not toxic to dogs. We’d also like to let you know this is a common problem for many pet parents. Dogs eating money is a huge problem! It could be the money smells interesting after being handled by so many different people. And if any type of food was spilled on the bill, you can guess your dog will think the money is eatable!

One concern might be that dollar bills contain plenty of germs and bacteria. However, the dog’s digestive system can usually handle these just fine. What’s more, the dollar’s pulp will eventually pass through your canine friend’s system without any problem.

And if you’re worried or your dog develops any concerning symptoms, then do call the vet right away. The vet will have the best advice on what to do next to help your dog. They’ll also tell you if this is a serious problem for your dog or not.

We’re happy to say that a dog will be just fine after eating a dollar bill in almost all cases! Of course, your wallet won’t be as full, but your fur baby will be OK!

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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