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my dog just ate styrofoam peanuts

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my dog just ate styrofoam peanuts
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Deb :

Hi there, I'm Dr. Deb, a licensed veterinarian.

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

Hi

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

my dog just ate styrofoam peanuts

Dr. Deb :

How many of the peanuts did she eat, and how long ago. Did she vomit?

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

2, I am pretty sure

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

5 minutes ago

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

she has not vomited

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

I tried to make her vomit

Dr. Deb :

How did you try to get her to vomit?

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

stuck my finger down her throat

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

she's staring at me

Dr. Deb :

How much does she weigh approximately - around 25-20 pounds?

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

yes

Dr. Deb :

I meant 15-20

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

19 or so

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

yes

Dr. Deb :

Those peanuts can be different sizes - how big are the ones she swallowed?

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

less than one inch

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

actually 1.5 inches

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

square

Dr. Deb :

How is she acting? Like her normal self - staring at you saying "why did you stick your finger down my throat?" :-)

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

normal yes

Dr. Deb :

Or is she acting uncomfortable in any way?

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

tail wagging

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

nope

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

she is fine

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

I think

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

I am worried

Dr. Deb :

If she only ate 2 of the less than one inch peanuts - she'll likely pass them on her own. They aren't stuck in her throat or she would be gagging some. They are in her stomach and are small enough to pass on their own.

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

they are about 1.5 inch squares

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

they are not stuck

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

no gagging

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

as far as I can tell

Dr. Deb :

But, if they are going to cause an obstruction, she will begin to act lethargic, start vomiting, and having some diarrhea. This won't happen now - if they cause an obstruction, it will take hours. Unfortunately, the peanuts won't show up on xray.

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

what can/should I do?

Dr. Deb :

I recommend keeping an eye on her. Feed her normal evening meal. But, if you are at all concerned, taking her in to see your vet won't hurt a thing.

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

she ate dinner an hour ago

Dr. Deb :

Good, I lost track of time today...

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

now she wants to play

Dr. Deb :

I cannot recommend inducing vomiting. It's best to induce vomiting with a veterinarian. Inducing vomiting can cause a dog to inhale and risk aspiration pneumonia. So, you could always err on the safe side and take her into your vet and have them induce vomiting.

Dr. Deb :

That's good - playing

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

should I get her to run around

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

drink water?

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

eat more?

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

I

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

am more nervous than she is

Dr. Deb :

I feel that it's ok to monitor her overnight. If she's acting at all lethargic, doesn't want to eat, has a painful belly - all reasons to get her checked out by your vet.

Dr. Deb :

It's ok for her to drink water, and a little more food wouldn't hurt anything.

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

ok

Dr. Deb :

If she had eatend 10 or 15 or more of the peanuts, I would be more concerned.

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

no, like 2 or 3

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

she's so fast I could not get them from her

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

plus I am shocked she ate them

Dr. Deb :

I know your nervous - but that's good - that way you will notice if anything changes with her and take her to your vet.

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

yeah

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

how long should it take to get out of her system

Dr. Deb :

Dogs amaze me - they'll eat just about anything! My dog prove it all the time :-)

Dr. Deb :

She should pass them by tomorrow afternoon.

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

I won't be home tomorrow mornin

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

g

Dr. Deb :

You could do a "poop check" - so much fun

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

I have to work

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

they have a doggie door though

Dr. Deb :

That

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

I don't mind looking at the feces

Dr. Deb :

That's ok... as long as she is still active, eating, drinking - just check the poop when you get home.

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

I don't care if she has an accident in the house

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

I'm far more worried than she is

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

well I just fed her another 1/2 meal

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

she ate in no time

Dr. Deb :

Good - don't feed her too much though. Just keep an eye on her. But, if she's still doing this well when it's time for bed - do get some sleep!

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

thanks

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

I'll sleep with the dogs tonight

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

maybe one treat

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

I won't feed her more

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

should I keep playing ball with her

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

keep the metabolism going?

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

what do you think Doctor?

Dr. Deb :

You can still play ball - I'm sure she enjoys that.

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

yeah

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

she love it

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

ball is her favorite

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

now she wants a treat

Dr. Deb :

No more treats until bedtime... you don't want to overdo it

Dr. Deb :

I hope I've helped... try to have a relaxing evening.

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

ok

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

no more I promise

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

anything else I need to do

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

or not do?

Dr. Deb :

Nope - just enjoy your night, and watch her for any of the symptoms I listed... painful belly, lethargy (more tired or sleepy than usual), doesn't want to eat her treat at bedtime, or doesn't want to eat breakfast. Vomiting.

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

ok

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

thank you very much

Dr. Deb :

You are so welcome :-)

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

I appreciate it Dr.

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

you can close the chat now

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

thank you

Dr. Deb :

Good-nite

JACUSTOMER-ltkxi6k4- :

night

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