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How long ago did they ingest this?
How big was the pumice stone?
Thanks for the information. There isn't anything toxic about the pumice stone, but it can definitely cause an obstruction if a large enough piece is chewed off. If this just happened 15-30 minutes ago, you can try inducing vomiting to see if you can clear out their stomach. Given 1 tablespoon (15 ml or 1/2 oz) of 3% hydrogen peroxide per 15 lbs of body weight orally is usually sufficient to induce vomiting. You can repeat this dose in 10 minutes if necessary. If you can get them to vomit up most of it, then chances are they will be fine. If they don't vomit any up, it would be a good idea to have them seen by the vet. The reason I would have them seen is to get an x-ray to see if there are any large pieces that may not pass through the small intestinal tract. If there are, and they are in the stomach, they may be able to retrieve them with an endoscope (they may have that available on site or may need to refer to another facility). That would be optimal to getting surgery done to remove them. If you know that you won't want to do x-rays or try retrieving larger pieces, then there just monitoring them for any vomiting, bloody stool or lack of appetite is all that would be recommended. You can even try increasing the fiber in the diet with a teaspoon of either Metamucil or pure canned pumpkin to help it pass through better. Even if it doesn't cause an obstruction, it is possible that it could cause some gastrointestinal upset. So, if you see any of the symptoms above, you would need to get them seen immediately. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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