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Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.
I'm sorry to hear that your pup ingested pieces of a plastic bag this afternoon and has now vomited a treat and behaving as if she is very nauseous. Licking and eating non-food items is called Pica and often indicates nausea.
I think that given her history your concern about a possible blockage is spot-on. Plastic is not digestible and easily becomes wadded up and stuck in the gastrointestinal tract.
I highly recommend an examination at an emergency clinic tonight. They will likely want to take some radiographs or an abdominal ultrasound to look for a dilated intestinal tract or abnormal gas patterns which would indicate an obstruction.
She may need surgery. If she has an obstruction then surgery is best done sooner rather than later to avoid permanent damage to her intestinal walls and possible secondary peritonitis.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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