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Hi there, I'm Dr. Deb, a licensed veterinarian.
my dog just ate styrofoam peanuts
How many of the peanuts did she eat, and how long ago. Did she vomit?
2, I am pretty sure
5 minutes ago
she has not vomited
I tried to make her vomit
How did you try to get her to vomit?
stuck my finger down her throat
she's staring at me
How much does she weigh approximately - around 25-20 pounds?
I meant 15-20
19 or so
Those peanuts can be different sizes - how big are the ones she swallowed?
less than one inch
actually 1.5 inches
How is she acting? Like her normal self - staring at you saying "why did you stick your finger down my throat?" :-)
Or is she acting uncomfortable in any way?
she is fine
I am worried
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.
they are about 1.5 inch squares
they are not stuck
as far as I can tell
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.
what can/should I do?
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.
she ate dinner an hour ago
Good, I lost track of time today...
now she wants to play
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.
That's good - playing
should I get her to run around
am more nervous than she is
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.
It's ok for her to drink water, and a little more food wouldn't hurt anything.
If she had eatend 10 or 15 or more of the peanuts, I would be more concerned.
no, like 2 or 3
she's so fast I could not get them from her
plus I am shocked she ate them
I know your nervous - but that's good - that way you will notice if anything changes with her and take her to your vet.
how long should it take to get out of her system
Dogs amaze me - they'll eat just about anything! My dog prove it all the time :-)
She should pass them by tomorrow afternoon.
I won't be home tomorrow mornin
You could do a "poop check" - so much fun
I have to work
they have a doggie door though
I don't mind looking at the feces
That's ok... as long as she is still active, eating, drinking - just check the poop when you get home.
I don't care if she has an accident in the house
I'm far more worried than she is
well I just fed her another 1/2 meal
she ate in no time
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!
I'll sleep with the dogs tonight
maybe one treat
I won't feed her more
should I keep playing ball with her
keep the metabolism going?
what do you think Doctor?
You can still play ball - I'm sure she enjoys that.
she love it
ball is her favorite
now she wants a treat
No more treats until bedtime... you don't want to overdo it
I hope I've helped... try to have a relaxing evening.
no more I promise
anything else I need to do
or not do?
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.
thank you very much
You are so welcome :-)
I appreciate it Dr.
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