Dogs are notorious when it comes to eating things they shouldn’t. Has your dog eaten something crunchy? Do you know what it was? If not, don’t feel bad. Accidents can happen, and dogs will snarf up something they want before you even realize they’ve done it!
In this article, we’ll take a look at what to do when your dog eats something crunchy. Let’s get started!
Why Do Dogs Eat Such Strange Things?
There are a lot of reasons dogs choose to eat things. Dogs may eat just about anything because they’re:
- Anxious and/or stressed
Pica can also cause dogs to eat a wide variety of things. This is a compulsive behavior issue, which can cause a dog to eat rocks, clothing, and much more.
Your Dog Ate Something Crunchy
This can happen on occasion. And when it happens, you may have no idea what your dog has just eaten. It could be some dead leaves, a crunchy bug, or even some plastic! Dogs surprise us all the time with the types of things they choose to eat.
In this case, you’re not sure if the dog’s eaten part of a stick, an old bone, or whether he’s eaten glass. It’s also possible your canine companion has eaten something toxic. On the other hand, it could have been something safe. But the problem is you don’t know for sure.
Symptoms of Dogs Eating Crunchy Things
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten something crunchy:
- Excessive drooling
- Abdominal contractions
- Dark, tarry stools
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, it’s time to call the vet. This could be a medical emergency.
Note: even if your dog isn’t showing any symptoms after eating something crunchy, it’s still a good idea to get in touch with the vet. The problem is you don’t know if the thing your dog ate was bad or not. The vet can offer their advice and guidance on what needs to happen next.
Treatment of Dog Eating Something Crunchy
When you get to the vet’s, they’ll do a complete physical exam of your dog. They’ll also do lab work to check to see if organs are working correctly. The vet may also have x-rays done. The images can show the vet if there’s a foreign object in your dog’s digest tract and where it’s located.
Treatment will depend on the vet’s diagnosis. In some cases, your fur baby may need emergency surgery.
The good news is that with prompt medical treatment, most dogs will go on to make a full recovery!