My Dog Ate Glass What Should I Do?

By Tom •  Updated: 02/12/20 •  3 min read
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Dogs usually don’t choose to eat glass; however, they can mistake glass for something that’s familiar to them. It could be that a round glass Christmas tree ornament looks like a ball to them. What dog doesn’t go nuts for a ball?

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Or it could be your canine companion accidentally got some glass in his mouth when grabbing up some tasty morsel stored in a glass container. The container may have fallen on the floor and broken, and then your dog jumped on the opportunity for a great piece of food. In the process, he may have accidentally swallowed some glass.

There are various scenarios of how a dog may accidentally swallows glass. If the pieces are small, in most cases they should pass through. And keep in mind that most dogs realize their error and will spit out the glass. However, if a dog has actually swallowed glass, and the glass shards were larger, they could pose a health issue for your dog.

My Dog Swallowed Glass – What to Do

If you know for sure your fur baby has swallowed glass, then check his lips, tongue and inside his mouth for blood, which could be a sign your pup was cut. Note any places that appear to have been cut. Next call your vet right away.

In most cases, the vet will not want you to induce vomiting. The reason is that vomiting up the glass bits could cause more damage than when they went down.

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The vet will probably recommend giving your dog a piece of bread, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) or mashed potatoes. These will encase the glass and keep it from causing injuries as it passes through your dog’s digestive system. In this case, the glass usually passes through without any complications.

Next, the vet may advise you to watch for any signs of possible issues with your fur baby’s intestinal tract. Signs he may be having trouble can include:

These symptoms could indicate your fur baby may have a puncture or an intestinal blockage. If your canine companion shows any of these symptoms, call the vet immediate, as this is a medical emergency. Your dog may require surgery to repair the damage.

We hope that your pup hasn’t swallowed glass, but if he has, we hope everything comes out OK and that he will avoid glass objects in the future!

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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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