My Dog Ate Velcro What Should I Do?

By Julie •  Updated: 08/01/21 •  3 min read
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Dogs love to eat things they shouldn’t! There are various reasons for this, but it’s a fact that dogs will eat almost anything and everything, including Velcro! But can Velcro make a dog sick?

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Has your dog eaten Velcro? Are you worried the Velcro will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it’s scary when your dog eats something he shouldn’t.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at Velcro and whether or not it can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Velcro?

Velcro is a type of touch fastener, which includes two different sides. One side of Velcro contains a fabric that has tiny hooks, while the other piece of fabric has smaller loops. The hooks and loops attach to one another until they’re torn about.

Velcro is used on everything from dog toys, kids’ & adult clothing, tennis shoes, and so much more! The fastener is much appreciated for being so easy to work with. There are no buttons or zippers—you don’t need them when you can use Velcro.

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These touch fasteners are wonderful inventions; however, what happens if a dog eats Velcro?

Velcro & Dogs

The good news is that Velcro is not toxic to dogs. However, it has the potential to make them very sick. This is because Velcro could bunch up in the intestines and cause an obstruction.

The key here is the size of your dog and how much Velcro he’s eaten. If you have a small dog who has eaten a very small piece of Velcro, chances are he will be OK. The Velcro piece will eventually make it out into your dog’s poop. However, if a small dog eats a lot of Velcro, he could develop an intestinal blockage.

The same goes for a large dog. If the dog eats a small piece of Velcro, he’ll be OK. However, if he eats a larger amount, he could run into the same problem as the smaller dog—an intestinal blockage.

Call the Vet Right Away

So, if your dog has swallowed Velcro, the best thing is to call the vet immediately. They’ll have the best information on what you need to do next to help your fur baby.

Another danger with dogs and Velcro is that the material could become a choking hazard. So, if your dog immediately develops breathing issues, then it’s time to call the vet immediately.

Your dog has a very good chance of making a complete recovery if he receives prompt medical treatment after eating Velcro!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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