A lot of times a dog or puppy mistakenly chews on plastic thinking it contains a tasty treat. Other times, a puppy could see the plastic as being a toy that fascinates them to the brink of eating it.
Pieces of plastic which are small won’t be a real issue. Most of the time the plastic will make its way out on its own.
However, there are many instances where the plastic may give rise to problems concerning your pup’s health. There is even a possibility of death if they eat plastic items.
In the list of steps to follow, we will provide six steps that you should take if your puppy accidentally consumes plastic.
Evaluate the pup’s demeanor
Ensure your pup has a normal breathing rhythm as well as an open airway free of plastic.
The number one danger to any pup is choking after the plastic has been eaten. Observe for any abnormal panicking, gagging, or coughing and if these are noticeable, then take your pup to the nearest vet.
Also, monitor your pup’s general posture as they lay. Take note is they are showing signs of bloating or abdominal distress.
If any of the symptoms are seen, then an obstruction may have taken place. Although it may not happen for smaller pieces of plastic, the chances are still high.
Remove any noticeable plastic from your pup’s mouth
No matter what amount of plastic may have been eaten, you need to prevent them from eating more. You can do it by removing any plastic residue visible in their teeth.
We can’t stress enough of the importance of having a plastic-free mouth for your pup. Just take care in checking so you don’t get bit in the process.
Calculate the amount of plastic taken in
After ensuring your pup is fine and no potential problems are occurring, you need to calculate the amount they ate.
After the amount is known, then the type your pup took it should be known as well. The reason is the hardness of the plastic and the damage it creates could also differ.
Take a good look at the plastic which is available, you’ll likely see some residue on the floor. You should be able to determine the amount and type of plastic your pup manages to take in.
Once you realize the plastic’s source, determine what was on the plastic which made your pup want to eat it. Knowing what was on it can ensure if your pup is in danger or not. It is important to know if the plastic contains food items of chemicals.
Alert your veterinarian
Call your vet as soon as you have made a determination of your pup seeming fine to you. Let your vet know how much and the type of plastic your pup consumed.
With good information, the vet will take all consideration into account. They will decide if any real risks or problems exist. If there are, then appropriate actions will be taken.
If a visit to a vet seems a bit pricey for your budget, you can find several websites that offer help. Many of the websites provide vets who can chat about what’s going on with your pup. Besides chat, you can also share photos or a video so the vet is able to diagnose properly.
Keep in mind if you notice your pup acting normally after gobbling your sandwich with a bag. You may need to just monitor them, especially if they have no problem eating their dog food.
An observation will most likely be suitable for your pup. The reason being is because the small piece of plastic may pass on its own.
However, if you come home one day and see your DVD cases with chew marks, then it may be a problem.
The cover’s hard plastic could damage many areas of the body including the intestines, stomach, and esophagus. Plus, it could be even worse if done by a pup as obstruction may occur.
Inducing your pup to vomit
It is often thought if inducing vomiting is a good idea after a pup has eaten plastic.
Normally, it is not advisable by many vets, as the plastic may not pass up the same way as before. Plus, if you attempt to induce vomiting, your pup’s esophagus may get torn up by the plastic edges.
So if you are in doubt, don’t do it unless your vet says it’s ok to do so.
Arranging for surgery or treatment
After arriving at the animal hospital, your pup will be taken by the vet and assistants for examination.
Be ready to answer some questions concerning the plastic and if any symptoms he has shown. Also, provide the plastic pieces which may be the culprit.
The veterinary team will have X-rays taken so they have an idea of where the plastic is at exactly.
If no surgery is necessary, then your vet will recommend your pup for monitoring. There are however times where a dog or pup may need to remain with the vet for observation until the plastic is done passing through the body.
If your vet advises the removal of the plastic, there are a couple of ways for it to be done. The first is by using an endoscope that can grab the plastic and remove it.
With endoscopes, the vet inserts it via the anus or mouth so surgery will not be necessary for removal. But, it may also be necessary for surgery in very rare cases. The need for surgery may help if the plastic causes significant internal damage.
After removing all plastic, you’ll likely receive antibiotics to give your pup in order to fight any potential infection. You’ll also be told to have your pup remain quiet and calm for at least a week or more so they can fully rest.
You will also need to adjust the food you provide and the way it’s given as well as water. An adjustment will be necessary if the plastic causes damage to the intestines.