My Dog Ate My Homework What Should I Do?
It’s an age-old situation, which has really become a joke. It goes like this, “My dog ate my homework!” Students sometimes use this phrase when they’re homework isn’t done on time. Or perhaps they didn’t do the homework at all! That’s why this phrase has become synonymous with being a poor excuse and a joke.
However, it can really happen that a dog will eat your homework! At least homework that’s done on paper.
Why Do Dogs Eat Your Homework?
For one thing, dogs are notorious for eating anything and everything. Plus, dogs being the curious creatures they are, may look at paper homework as something good. You’re spending so much time with it, so why shouldn’t your dog have some, too? Well, dogs may not think like that but there some reasons they will eat paper.
Your dog may be bored and trying to get your attention. Even negative attention is some kind of attention! Other dogs may be curious and eat paper, while others may be suffering from separation anxiety (and you left the homework where your fur baby could grab it), and even pica. For some dogs, shredding paper is always fun! So, why not eat some, too? These are reasons enough for a dog to try eating paper.
What Happens if a Dog Eats Paper Homework?
When a dog eats a small bit of paper, it will probably pass through the digestive system without a problem. Your fur baby may end up with diarrhea and vomiting, but these will be short-lived. If you have any concerns, then do call the vet. They’ll be able to let you know if there’s a problem or not.
On the other hand, if your canine companion has eaten a large amount of paper, then this could develop into a serious problem. He could end up with an intestinal blockage. This is a life-threatening medical emergency. It’s a good idea if your dog’s eaten a lot of paper, to call the vet before your dog shows signs of an intestinal blockage.
Symptoms of an Intestinal Blockage
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has an intestinal blockage:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain & swelling
If your dog is showing these symptoms, then you need to call the vet right away. This is a medical emergency.
When the vet diagnoses your dog with an intestinal blockage, then your fur baby may require surgery. This is done to safely remove the blockage from your dog’s digestive tract.
The good news is that your dog should have a full recovery if he receives prompt medical care.