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Dog ate a Popsicle stick. What can I do?

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My 7 month old labradoodle Phoebe just ate a Popsicle stick. She is 17 pounds. We are finding splinters of it where she was laying. She is drinking, urinating, and defecating. She is not interested in eating her food which is highly unusual. She has eaten a treat before we found the pieces of the Popsicle stick. She was spayed about a month ago.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.
Unfortunately in this situation we cannot induce vomiting because as you say the Popsicle stick has splinters and do more damage to the esophagus on the way up so at this point all we can do is a few precautionary things to minimize the risk of an obstruction but at the first signs of vomiting it is time to take your dog to the veterinarian and have them evaluated/ x-rayed
1.) Feed 3 pieces of bread now (if you need to entice with a tiny amount of peanut butter you can
2.) Take a nice walk to help move the material through. Not running around but a leash walk which helps encourage emptying of the stomach and digestion
3.) In about 2 hours repeat the bread which is used to help bulk up the foreign body to hopefully push them through and protect the edges from causing damage
4.) Monitor for signs of the Popsicle stick coming out the other end in the next 24-48 hours
5.) Again tomorrow a few nice long leash walks to help encourage gi motility and pushing the foreign material through the intestinal tract
This is the difficult part, the watching and waiting because all we can do is see if it passes on its own