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I am trying to research the possibility my pup 6 mos. ate

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I am trying to research the possibility my pup 6 mos. ate some paper towel. He is acting punk. He did a poop in the house right before so don't feel blockage. he did chew up paper over course of teh day. Noted he was trying to vomit maybe about 30 minutes. he is a skinny little guy and his tummy feels firm. He did just have kibble and meat juice dinner. He will take a small snack piece. He is usually pretty wild at this hour. Took him out for a walk. he walks but want to come home. So...I am over careful but wanted t know what to do. FYI - he did go drink some water 10 minutes ago.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Hi there - I'm Dr. Forman. I'm sorry that Leroy is acting a little off tonight.

While paper towels are unlikely to cause an obstruction, any change in diet or "odd" thing that a dog eats can cause some passing GI upset like a decrease in appetite, a little lethargy, a skipped meal, or a couple episodes of vomiting or diarrhea.

In general as long as they are still interested in food and water and keeping it down, I recommend monitoring pets who have eaten things like paper towels. If he stops eating for more than a meal or if he begins to vomit or be unable to keep food or water down, then I start to get concerned. Things that I never ignore and that make me recommend an ER visit are repetitive unproductive retching, abdominal distention, or any breathing difficulties.

I sure hope this helps - please let me know if I can answer any more questions :)

~Dr. Sara

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you - I felt he had a little distention or at least a firm tummy. He is a skinny floppy active pup - he is lazy tonight but has responded to a snack offer and follows me to kitchen. I will observe overnight. Hopefully he passes with ease. There have been pieces of paper towel abeit small in his poop.
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the update - how is she doing this morning?

~Dr. Sara