You have described to me a 1 yr old Rottweiler who ate a 4X6 " sponge 2 days ago. He is eating and drinking normally. He had diarrhea last night and was given Imodium. The sponge has not appeared.
The concern, of course, is whether this is going to come through, or whether it might get trapped somewhere in the intestines and cause an obstruction. Most things make their way through the intestines in about 24 hours. Do check all his stools until you see it! If it has not appeared within 3 days, or if he shows any signs of illness, then I start to worry.
It may well come through without any problems whatsoever - it's amazing what I have seen come out of dogs! However, it is worthwhile for you to know what signs to look for in case it gets stuck:
- loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain (a hunched appearance, or prayer position with her front end down and bum up in the air), fever and lethargy would all be cause for concern
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I would suggest feeding your dog something high fibre to help to push this through. Suggestions would be 3 or 4 slices of high fibre bread, or 1 cup canned pumpkin (plain pumpkin, not pie filling), or 1-2 cups brown rice. Give these things twice a day until the sponge appears.
Please do NOT give any more Imodium! Although we can use this safely in dogs, it SLOWS down movement of things through the intestines, and it increases absorption of fluids in the intestines which means that it would make the sponge more likely to get stuck. So, it totally counteracts the body's attempts to get the sponge out! I kind of WANT your dog to have diarrhea, as at least that tells me that the body is trying to move the sponge out!
Here is more about it: http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/loperamide-imodium/page1.aspx
Dogs eat the strangest things - plastic bags, children's toys, bones, bits of towel, socks, rocks and other things. Often, these foreign bodies pass through the intestinal tract, but sometimes they do not. They may get caught in the stomach or the small intestines.
The symptoms of a GI foreign body are generally vomiting, loss of appetite, depression and dehydration. If your dog consumed an object that is caught in the stomach or small intestines,you would likely see vomiting and/or loss of appetite. So, I am relieved that he is eating and drinking normally and not vomiting. THat is encouraging!
If I examined your Rottie and was concerned that the sponge was stuck, I would probably recommend x-rays to see if it were visible. A rock would show up very well on x-rays. A sponge would not show up on x-rays. It does, however, show up very well if the dog is given some barium (a type of milkshake like drink) by mouth. Then a determination can be made about how best to get this out of the dog, or whether it might move through on its own.
So, in short, feed lots of fibre and offer lots of fluids, and watch his stools closely. If he stops eating or starts vomiting, then see your veterinarian. I would expect this sponge to show up in the next 2 days!
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would strongly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.