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Experience:  15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
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My German Shepherd chewed the bottom of a bag of food and

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My German Shepherd chewed the bottom of a bag of food and ate several pounds of kibble. He has pooped several times, is acting ok, but his stomach is hard and slightly bloated. Should I go to vet? Try to induce vomiting?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bogie. He's 2
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about He 's?
Customer: Nothing else unusual. Also, should I allow him to drink?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?

1) Have you seen any vomiting?
2) Is his stool normal?
3) Any gagging or retching behavior?
4) Is he pacing?
5) Still willing to lie down and get comfortable?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No vomiting, stool is normal to slightly mushy, no gagging, no pacing, lying down comfortably
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Is it ok for him to drink? I have been withholding water
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

There is a medical phenomenon known as "food bloat" where a dog over consumes food and causes a substantial GI upset. It's not recommended to give volumes of water nor is it recommended to induce vomiting. Both of these can cause even more gastric distress. Instead, you should wait a few hours before introducing anything orally. This will allow some of the food to clear. Every hour or so, you should encourage him to get up and walk, which will encourage normal digestion and flow of food from the stomach to the intestines. If you begin to see any behaviors like panting, pacing, refusing to lay down, acting like he needs to vomit, drooling, etc. he needs to be examined promptly at your local ER.

Once you do introduce fluids, do it very slowly. The more water that goes into his stomach the more plump the kibble will become which will increase his discomfort. Many veterinarians will recommend a 24 hour fast until the food has had a decent chance to leave the intestines.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Checking in. How is your companion doing today?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

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