Dogs are famous for eating things they shouldn’t! It’s a common problem that many pet parents stress over regularly. Their dogs tend to eat just about anything, from socks and rocks to glasses! But what happens if a dog eats glasses? Can glasses make a dog sick?
Has your dog eaten glasses? Are you worried that the glasses 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 like this!
We’ve put together information about glasses and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What are Glasses?
Glasses, also called eyeglasses, are items that are worn on the face, and over the eyes. They are worn for many reasons, including vision corrections, to protect eyes from the sun or blue light on computers, and more.
Not many people realize that glasses have probably been around in some form since ancient Greek and Roman times! That makes glasses an ancient invention, which we still use today!
Glasses are usually made of high-tech plastics and sometimes glass or polycarbonate. The frames are usually made of wire and/or plastic.
While glasses are safe for humans when used correctly, what about dogs? Can glasses make a dog sick?
Glasses & Dogs
Unfortunately, glasses can make a dog sick. However, it all depends on the dog’s size and weight and whether he’s chewed the glasses up into small pieces or swallowed them in larger bits.
The main problem is that glasses can cause intestinal blockage. This is a condition where the glasses and their parts can become lodged anywhere in the dog’s digestive system. An intestinal obstruction can be very dangerous if not treated and can even cause death.
Symptoms of Glasses Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten glasses:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain & swelling
If you notice these symptoms or find any part of the glasses coming out of the dog’s rectum, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency. Do not try to pull the glasses out, as this could cause serious damage to your dog’s intestinal tract.
Treatment of Glasses Ingestion in Dogs
Depending on where the glasses are located in the dog’s digestive system, the vet may need to perform surgery to safely remove the blockage. And they will treat any other symptoms that may arise.
The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt medical treatment. And if your dog has a penchant for eating glasses, be sure to keep them out of his reach in the future. Prevention is always the best medicine!