• Several days ago our dog got a hold of a plastic spoon, we only found a few bits and pieces on the floor when we returned. This is not her first time. We monitored her closely and she seemed just fine. Yesterday afternoon when i came home i caught her throwing up a few pieces. I inspected her stool and other pieces are passing through her system. She is behaving quite normally, eats and drinks with no issues. The pieces are quite small so I imagine she should be able to pass them. However I am concerned/surprised that it was in her system for that long. I would have guessed that she would have had issues by now or passed them already. I am continuing to closely monitor but did not know if I need to make a visit to the doctor.

    Hi Rebecca,

    If the pieces of the spoon are small and passing with no clinical signs then it should be okay to just watch her. Usually food passes through the entire GI tract in around 24-48 hours but this can be faster or slower depending on the pet. If you see any clinical signs like vomiting, diarrhea, not wanting to eat, or lethargy you should take her into see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Even though it appears to be passing a piece can become stuck in her GI system which can lead to a blockage or partial blockage of her GI tract. There is also the potential that the plastic can damage the intestine as it passes through. These can be a medical emergency so if you see anything that is abnormal she needs to be seen as soon as possible.

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