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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.
John Smith, DVMVeterinarian
Dr. John Smith is a graduate of LSU, Class of 1998. He has over 10 years of experience...
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