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Our boy Gilly chewed off and swallowed 11 of the nubs (and some of the surrounding plastic) on this toy this afternoon:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Ethical-5-Inch-Vinyl-Squeaky-Colors/dp/B0002ARYES

 

What do you think we should do? Should we take him to the e-vet to induce vomiting? Or wait and see if he vomits/poops the pieces out? On the one hand I'm worried about the risk of an obstruction, but on the other hand inducing vomiting isn't without risks either (choking, aspiration).

 

Any advice?

 

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Those should probably pass right through the system. You would be surprised how wide their intestines are. You can give some crustless bread or soak a 100% cotton ball in cream or 1/2 and 1/2 to smooth the way through. Shine ate a plastic light bulb and we used the cotton ball method. She was fine.

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I'd give him his usual dinner.

 

I would watch and wait, which is what most vets would do.

 

I will tell you, though, some years back our dear departed angel Joseph ate a very similar toy. He ate the whole thing. We didn't know he'd eaten it until it started emerging, so to speak. A lot of it was pooped out. It looked like he had chewed it quite well. We had no worries. Until Thanksgiving weekend, eight months later. He had symptoms of a blockage, spent a couple days in hospital at the emergency vet. He passed a couple more pieces naturally, but not all of them. The Monday he had surgery and doc got the rest. That dang toy cost us @ $2202.99 plus our local sales taxes. :lol :lol :lol (Yes, I can laugh. Now. Not so much then.)

 

 

 

 

ETA: Re "dear departed": He survived the surgery, made a rapid recovery, and went on to have other adventures before passing away of something totally unrelated.

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It can be scary, but it will probably all appear in the next few days. Just make sure you watch and make sure he keeps eliminating normally and on schedule. If there's any sign of straining, blood in the stool, unproductive vomiting or pottying - those are indicators of the need for vet visit.

 

FWIW, our Toni has passed an entire washcloth. Probably TMI! :lol But their systems are really quite efficient!

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I'd give him his usual dinner.

 

I would watch and wait, which is what most vets would do.

 

I will tell you, though, some years back our dear departed angel Joseph ate a very similar toy. He ate the whole thing. We didn't know he'd eaten it until it started emerging, so to speak. A lot of it was pooped out. It looked like he had chewed it quite well. We had no worries. Until Thanksgiving weekend, eight months later. He had symptoms of a blockage, spent a couple days in hospital at the emergency vet. He passed a couple more pieces naturally, but not all of them. The Monday he had surgery and doc got the rest. That dang toy cost us @ $2202.99 plus our local sales taxes. :lol :lol :lol (Yes, I can laugh. Now. Not so much then.)

 

 

 

 

ETA: Re "dear departed": He survived the surgery, made a rapid recovery, and went on to have other adventures before passing away of something totally unrelated.

Thanks, Batmom. We gave him dinner and he happily gobbled it up. So far he doesn't seem to be showing any ill effects.

 

That's amazing that your Joseph had symptoms of blockage eight months later. Scary! I'm glad he recovered from the surgery okay. I hope Gilly doesn't have a similar experience, but it's good to know to keep an eye out.

 

It can be scary, but it will probably all appear in the next few days. Just make sure you watch and make sure he keeps eliminating normally and on schedule. If there's any sign of straining, blood in the stool, unproductive vomiting or pottying - those are indicators of the need for vet visit.

 

FWIW, our Toni has passed an entire washcloth. Probably TMI! :lol But their systems are really quite efficient!

Thank you -- we'll make sure he keeps eliminating normally. So far so good. Pooped as usual tonight, and he hasn't vomited or seemed nauseous. No sign of the plastic pieces yet, but it's probably too soon...

 

An entire washcloth?! Crazy! I'm glad it passed through okay on its own!

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Okay, here's an update for the curious! :)

 

Gilly has had four bowel movements since swallowing the plastic toy pieces. (TMI, I know!) In the third (this afternoon) we were able to discern 7 of the nubs and some smaller pieces of plastic. I'm not sure what happened to the other 4 nubs. Maybe we may missed them in this morning's poop?

 

In any case, we were relieved to see them passing through! Thanks for all your advice! Here's a photo of poor Gilly:

 

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:lol That photo is adorable.

 

And :yay for recovering all of the nubs. :lol

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