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My 2 month old filly ate a select-a size paper towel right

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My 2 month old filly ate a select-a size paper towel right out of my hand and swallowed all of it. Do I need to worry, since it is a paper product? It seemed like such a big piece for a little foal.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Emily Weaver replied 1 month ago.

Sorry to hear your filly ate a paper towel! Is she eating hay and grain regularly already? She will probably be fine, but I would recommend trying to see if she will eat a bran mash with about a cup of mineral oil in it (you can get at most drug stores) to act as an extra laxative to help her move things along. I would definitely keep an eye on her over the next 24 hours and monitor her for signs of colic (innappetance, pawing, stretching, laying down, rolling) and call your vet if she starts showing colic symptoms. The mineral oil should pass in about a day, and her manure will look shiny, once it passes then she should be in the clear.

I hope that helps, and let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.


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Expert:  Dr Emily Weaver replied 1 month ago.

How is your filly doing today?

Expert:  Dr Emily Weaver replied 1 month ago.

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

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