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Old 11-30-2017, 04:17 AM
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Ben ate a small bit of plastic.

Ben chewed off and ate a bit of toy yesterday. I only discovered late last night that a bit was missing. It's a hollow cylindrical bit - about 1 x 1 centimetre.
He's done this once before - I only realised when he vomited it up the following day!
Anyway this morning he did vomit a tiny bit but no plastic. Otherwise he is fine and his usual self.
I contacted the vets who said just to feed him as usual and keep an eye on things.
I did however give him a bit of bread soaked in some milk as I heard that will help. Just wondered if anyone had any other advice. I won't rest till it reappears at one end or the other!
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Just continue to keep a close eye on him. I wouldn't let him chew on that toy anymore if he's able to get chunks off and swallow them. Get him something that's intended to be used for chewing. I have a really aggressive chewer myself, and have to be careful what toys are left laying around.
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Its amazing how much trouble they can get into and how quickly. You have contacted your Vet, just follow his advice, and watch for it, as you say one end or the other. Just be prepared to act quickly if things start going downhill. I understand your worry, and I would be too, but odds are it will pass uneventfully.
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Thanks folks. On getting up one morning he simply coughed up a piece of plastic It was larger than expected and sharp where he had chewed it. Looking at the size of it, I think he dodged a bullet. I need to be much more careful in future. But also, I didn't keep the toy and I should have as I would have a better idea if it was all accounted fo..
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Thanks folks. On getting up one morning he simply coughed up a piece of plastic It was larger than expected and sharp where he had chewed it. Looking at the size of it, I think he dodged a bullet. I need to be much more careful in future. But also, I didn't keep the toy and I should have as I would have a better idea if it was all accounted fo..
Thank God he is OK..you should make sure there is no internal bleeding so watch his poop, etc..those squeaky toys have plastic inside that make it squeak so whenever we see its starting to tear just throw it away
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Good that he coughed it up. I would in future look for toys that are too large to be swallowed or use chewing items that would be harmless if swallowed. There are many approved chewing products that have been vigorously tested for safety you can give to your dog. You should be able to get them from your veterinarian. I would definitely make sure none of them splinter. Unfortunately, even sticks when used as toys are known to be a problem as they are made of wood and have a habit of splintering when chewed on. No matter what you choose going forward supervision of your dog when chewing a toy is definitely recommended even if the product is approved safe.
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