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Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am sorry to hear that your Cocker swallowed an ice cream stick and I understand your concern.
The problem will be the stick is wood, which can splinter and can be sharp, and it could cause an obstruction or get stuck even though the edges are rounded.
Because he's a smaller guy and especially if he didn't chew up the stick into small pieces then the chance of an obstruction is much higher.
Since this just happened taking him to the emergency clinic and having them retrieve the stick via endoscopy would be the safest thing to do.
I do not recommend inducing vomiting at home in a dog this small that ate a long, relatively stiff foreign body. Should the stick become stuck in his esophagus as he tries to vomit it back up we want him at the emergency clinic where that can be treated immediately. It may come up fine, but we want to be prepared for possible problems. I also don't recommend letting things go as with a foreign body this large it will be virtually impossible to pass.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.