Most of us have tape in the house! It comes in handy for many things, from wrapping gifts, repairing tears in paper, and more. But what happens if a curious dog eats tape?
Has your dog eaten tape? Are you worried the tape 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 gathered information about tape and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Tape?
Tape comes in a wide range of materials; however, all tape has one thing in common. The front side of the tape is usually not sticky, and the back side is covered with adhesive.
The adhesive makes the tape stick to various types of surfaces. In this article, we’re going to focus on clear tape that’s found in most of our homes.
What happens if a curious dog eats clear tape? Will the tape make a dog sick?
Clear Tape & Dogs
Unfortunately, the clear tape can be dangerous for dogs. The good news is that clear tape is usually not toxic to dogs. However, it is possible that tape could choke your dog and block his airways.
Another serious problem is that tape could also cause an obstruction anywhere in the dog’s digestive system. An obstruction can be life-threatening if left untreated.
What to Do If Your Dog Has Eaten Tape
First, check to see if your dog is choking. If so, call the vet for instructions.
If your dog’s breathing OK and shows no signs of choking, determine how much tape he’s eaten. Also, did he eat any of the tape dispenser? Note this information down.
Now, you’re ready to call the vet. If your dog ate a small amount of tape, chances are he will be OK. However, if he’s eaten a lot of tape and/or the dispenser, the vet may ask to see your dog right away. They will want to check your dog for any obstruction, tears, or punctures from your dog’s mouth to his intestines.
In some cases, the vet may need to perform surgery to remove an obstruction and repair any damage the tape and dispenser may have caused.
The good news is that dogs who receive prompt medical treatment usually make a full recovery! So, if you have a dog that’s curious about things like tape, be sure to keep all tape out of your dog’s reach. Prevention is always the best medicine!