Has your dog eaten something sharp? Is he showing some concerning symptoms? If so, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the problem of dogs ingesting sharp objects, the symptoms to watch for, and what to do. Let’s get started!
Sharp Objects & Dogs
Dogs love to chew, bite, and tear into things they shouldn’t. Sometimes they will eat these things, too, which isn’t good. But what happens if your dog eats something sharp?
While researching this article, we came across stories of dogs eating all types of sharp things. In one story, the dog removed a Christmas ornament from the tree, only to break it and then swallow it! In another story, a dog chewed up a branch and swallowed the sharp bits of the branch he found on the ground. In other stories, dogs break something plastic and swallow the pieces, and it goes on from there.
These are scary to read; this is a more common problem than most of us realize. And it’s a problem that can have some extremely serious consequences.
Sharp objects can cut a dog’s mouth, cut or pierce the esophagus, cut or pierce any part of the digestive tract from the stomach to the intestines. In addition, a sharp object can become lodged in the intestines and cause an intestinal blockage. These are all very serious threats to your dog’s life.
Symptoms for a Dog That’s Swallowed Something Sharp
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has swallowed something sharp:
- Vomiting (may include blood)
- Dark or bright-red poop (blood in the stool)
- Abdominal swelling/pain
- Biting at their rear end (could be caused by internal pain)
If your dog is showing any of these signs or symptoms, then call the vet immediately. This is a life-threatening medical emergency. Be sure to let the vet know what your dog has eaten and the approximate size of the item, if possible.
One note: do not induce vomiting unless the vet advises you to do so.
There may be some cases where your dog has swallowed something sharp and isn’t showing any symptoms. This could be due to the sharp item being small, for instance. Even so, it’s still best to call the vet and let them know what’s happened. Rather than waiting to see if symptoms develop, the vet can provide advice and guidance on how to help your dog now.
Treatment for Swallowing Something Sharp in Dogs
Treatment will depend on the vet’s diagnosis, as well as what your dog has eaten. If your fur baby has something caught in his mouth or throat, the vet will remove this and treat any cuts. However, in severe cases such as an intestinal blockage, your fur baby may require surgery.
The key in this type of situation is to call the vet as soon as possible and get your dog treated. The sooner he’s treated, the sooner he’ll be able to recover!