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Hi there. My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question. Just like an in person consult, I have a few questions of my own to help ensure I give you the best advice possible....About how much of the starfish did Benson get?Is he eating/drinking normally?
Is his belly hard to the touch or soft?Any vomiting at all?
Any attempting to vomit with no success?Can you estimate how big the starfish was initially?
Great. Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.Most starfish that are used for ornamentation aren't toxic, so we don't need to worry too much about that. Usually we see some digestive upset, such as vomiting, from the irritation to the digestive tract, but toxicity risk is very low.However, something we do have to worry about would be the risk of intestinal obstruction. This is what happens when a dog eats something too big or too bulky to pass through the digestive tract the normal way, and gets caught up in a loop of intestine. When this happens, the whole digestive tract grinds to a halt and it can be fatal if left untreated.I'm not sure exactly what we're dealing with when it comes to Benson, but the hard stomach and wretching makes me worry that he could be starting an obstruction.If this were me, I'd have him seen by a vet today. If your normal vet isn't open, you can take him to an emergency vet in your area. If you're not sure where one is, you can go to: http://www.vetlocator.com and plug in your zip code. They'll point you in the direction of the one nearest to you.Hopefully this is just some digestive upset, but it's better to have him seen and get a quick x-ray so they can tell if the pieces are moving through the system or if they're caught.
I hope this helps.
Same principal applies. Starfish, even when fresh from the ocean and wet, can cause an obstruction. Most often we see dried starfish, but the same thing would be the issue with a fresh or even partly dried one.