• My Great Dane may have consumed a deadbolt from a door about a week ago. We have yet to find it which is why I’m concerned he may have eaten it. He is acting normal, eating regular and having regular bowel movements. I didn’t know when I would be expecting different behaviors if he has eaten the object. I just want to make sure and be proactive on the situation. Let me know your thoughts. Thank you!

    Hi Kaitlin,
    If you are concerned that your pet ate a metal object, I recommend that you take him into see a veterinarian. The biggest concern with an object like this would be if it caused a blockage of the GI tract. This will usually lead to severe vomiting shortly after ingesting the foreign material. With it occurring a week ago this is unlikely. However, there can be other issues that are concerning including a partial blockage or damage to the GI tract. This can occur at any time after ingestion and the foreign material can stay longer in the stomach or intestines. Your vet can talk to you about the likely hood of this after they have examined him. They may recommend taking some x-rays to either confirm or rule out the presence of metal in his abdomen.

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