Eating toys is no treat

By Susan Aielo • Published: March 4th, 2011
Category: Animal Airwaves

Dog eat your homework? Everything from slippers to term papers are fair game for playful pups who like to chew. But our canine companions sometimes swallow things that can create major problems. Sticks, bones, toys and other foreign objects can irritate the G-I tract and cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Sometimes, a foreign body can actually obstruct or puncture the G-I tract, leading to a life-threatening problem. The abdomen becomes painful and tender and, in severe cases, dogs may take on a stiff stance and tense up or cry when the abdomen is touched.

Additional signs of G-I obstruction can include projectile vomiting, straining to defecate and passing small amounts of bloody feces.

Intestinal blockage is an emergency, so seek veterinary care as soon as possible. Don’t let a poor food choice become a tragic one.