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My dog just ate a Bounce dryer sheet

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My dog just ate a Bounce dryer sheet
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 5 years ago.
Hello - I am Dr. Matt - I would be glad to help you with your question.

How much does he weigh?

How long ago did he eat this?

Did he eat one or more then one?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
He weighs about 20 lbs and he ate it about 15 minutes ago--just one. He kept running from me and then stood right in front of me an swallowed it.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Are you there?
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 5 years ago.
Thanks for the additional information.

The ingredients of the dryer sheet do not have any toxic properties therefore I do not think that you will see any problems from this. Usually one dryer sheet will pass through the intestines fairly well and usually will not cause an obstruction. In some smaller breed dogs it may have some potential to get stuck though therefore since he only ate the dryer sheet 15 minutes ago you can easily get him to bring it back up.

The best way to get him to vomit at home is to give him 3% hydrogen peroxide by mouth. His dose is 20 cc or 1 and 1/3 tablespoons. This can be given every 10 minutes or up to three doses total. A turkey baster or syringe can be used to squirt this down the back of his throat when tilting his head back.

If you prefer to not make him vomit he still may be ok, but I would recommend giving him some canned pumpkin or a fiber source to help the dryer sheet move through better. One tablespoon of canned pumpkin every day for 2-3 days should be enough.

Hope this helps -please feel free to reply if you have any other questions.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I think I would be afraid that it would partially get caught in his throat before he could vomit the entire thing up?
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 5 years ago.
That is a good question, but this is very unlikely to happen as when they vomit with the peroxide the force is quite enough to completely get anything out of their stomach. We use this many times for similar objects such as socks or other cloth items and I have never had one get stuck.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
okay--I'll give it a try. Thanks so much
Expert:  Dr. Matt replied 5 years ago.
You are welcome!
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