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He is a little kitten and he swallowed a foam ear plug ...

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He is a little kitten and he swallowed a foam ear plug ... what do we do?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the kitten will be able to digest that. What is the kitten's name?
Customer: Stormy
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Stormy?
Customer: He's about 5 weeks old
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 4 months ago.

Hi there, I am Dr. Kane and will try to assist you tonight. Sorry to hear about Storm's problem! Unfortunately there is a likelihood that in a kitten this small, the ear plug may not be able to move out of the stomach or through the intestinal tract, and could cause an obstruction. You can bring him in to a veterinarian where they can attempt to induce vomiting, although this may be tricky in such a small patient. If he vomits it up, this may help avoid him having to have surgery to remove the ear plug. If he doesn't vomit up the ear plug, we will have to wait and see if it causes an issue. Problems to watch for are vomiting, poor appetite, lethargy or discomfort- if this happens, he would need to be seen immediately. A normal kitten eats several times a day, and will be active and playful with several naps throughout the day. Keep an eye on his stools to see if the earplug passes out. Has this helped?

Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 4 months ago.

If you are satisfied with this answer please provide a rating when you have a chance! Good luck with your kitten- hope it all turns out alright!

Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 4 months ago.

Please don't forget to provide a rating!

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