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My dog ate -- from a knitting needle the size of a pencil or

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My dog ate wood -- from a wood knitting needle the size of a pencil or thinner-- and about three inches. Is this an emergency?
Submitted: 5 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 days ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Peter. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 days ago.

Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** will do my best to help you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has it been since she ate the wood knitting needle?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Am guessing about three and a half hours
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 days ago.

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Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Please reply thanks
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 days ago.

Okay great, just a few more questions.

1- How much does she weigh?

2- Do you know if she chewed the needle and broke it down to smaller pieces?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
She is 52 pounds. I don't know if she chewed it up; I did find tiny pieces but not enough to know. Part of the knitting needle is a good inch or two of thin plastic in addition to wood.
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
She had a bowel movement with no wood or plastic evident and normal stool
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 days ago.

Did the needle have a very sharp edge or was it blunt?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Sharp edge
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 days ago.

She is behaving normal; no symptoms, correct?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
No symptoms
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 days ago.

Thank you for your patience and for answering all of my questions. Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer.

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 5 days ago.

Leslie, I am sorry you are having this problem with Smooch. In response to your question, right now her condition it is not an emergency, but, there is a risk that it can turn into an emergency situation. It all depends on the size of the needle at the time she swallowed it. In other words, if she chewed the wood into smaller pieces it is very likely she will be able to pass it in the stool without any problems. But, there is always a risk of a piece of wood becoming obstructed or perforating the gastrointestinal tract. Inducing vomiting is not indicated as the sharp pieces can damage the esophagus on the way out. This is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol.

2- Do not induce vomiting.

3- Feed her right now bread or canned pumpkin. Then, change her diet for the next 3-5 days to rice (75%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (25%). The idea is for the rice and bread to bind the wood and plastic to help pass it in the feces while protecting the intestinal tract. Make sure you check her stool if you don't see the pieces in her stool within 48 hours I would have her checked by a veterinarian for x-rays with barium (contrast material).

4- If at any point during the next few days you see the following symptoms: lethargy, anorexia, vomiting, constipated or diarrhea, etc. follow up immediately with a veterinarian. These are all signs of a possible obstruction or perforation of the intestinal tract. In the meantime, observe her and change her diet as above then wean back into the regular diet.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Dr. Peter

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 days ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Smooch. How is everything going?

Dr. Peter

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