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My dog may have eaten some fiberglass insulation 6 days ago.

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My dog may have eaten some fiberglass insulation 6 days ago. He has seemed fine since, eating and drinking his normal daily amounts. Today he threw up most, if not all, of his breakfast. Should I take him to the vet today or wait to see if the situation improves?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 5 years ago.

Rebeccavet :

Hi JACustomer,

Rebeccavet :

Of course, it is hard to say for sure without being able to examine him, but I would think if he ate the insulation 6 days ago, you would have seen a problem before now.

Rebeccavet :

Has he been having normal bowel movements since eating the insulation?

Customer:

Yes I believe so, but i haven't been inspecting them, just watching to make sure hes going to the bathroom (we have a large fenced in yard)

Rebeccavet :

Dogs vomit for so so many reasons; literally dozens if not hundreds. Usually if a dog vomits once, I wait to see what happens. If he continues to vomit, or if he is still not eating tomorrow, that is when I would start to be concerned.

Rebeccavet :

I wish I had starting keeping a list of what dogs have eaten when I first became a veterinarian; this would be a new addition.

Customer:

Ok thanks. I didn't think anything of the insulation at first, not even 100% sure he ate any before i got it from him. But with him throwing up today i started freaking out.

Rebeccavet :

Today's vomiting is probably not related to the insulation, then. Will he drink water?

Customer:

yes.

Rebeccavet :

If so, just let him have water or broth in small amounts for now. If he can keep that down, then dry some food later on, or even tomorrow.

Rebeccavet :

If he has an obstruction, he would not be able to keep water down eventually.

Customer:

i read a couple of things online saying i should give him metamucil to help him pass anything. should i do that?

Rebeccavet :

Only if he has gone a few hours without vomiting, and has shown you that what he eats stays down.

Customer:

ok thanks, XXXXX XXXXX very helpful

Rebeccavet :

You are welcome. Any more questions for me?

Customer:

no i think im good for now

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