Thank you, Ann.
Now if he has just eaten this, then the pad will still be in his stomach
. In that case, you can consider inducing vomiting just now. This would be ideal at this stage since getting and or all of the pad out via his mouth would avoid the risks we will have to monitor for if this were to need to pass to get out the other end.
Therefore, to induce vomiting at home, you can administer 3% hydrogen peroxide orally at a dose of 1ml per pound. (2 teaspoons per 10 pounds of body weight). You can give it via dropper, syringe, turkey baster -- just we want to give it orally and just get it into him. After giving this orally, move the abdomen around or get him to walk about to get things mixing. This should usually lead to vomiting. If it is unsuccessful after 10 minutes then it can be repeated twice more. And if we still have no vomiting, then you'd need to consider seeing his ER vet so that the vet can administer apomorhpine (a very strong injectable emetic) to just get this out of his stomach and avoid any adverse issues.
Otherwise, if we cannot do that for any reason, then we need to consider his ability to pass this. And I have to say that these situations are always concerning ones where we need to tread with care. The reason is because while the pad is soft and unlikely to cause direct damage to the gut, it could possibly cause a blockage as it passes through the intestines.
Still, if he can keep water down, has no vomiting, has good gum color (since pale gums would be a hint of GI damage and bleeding) and doesn't seem painful in his belly; then you can choose to monitor him closely and try some supportive care to encourage this to pass. Of course, if that changes at all, then we'd be in an urgent situation and would want him seen.
Now I do just want to note the signs we need to monitor for as we encourage this pad to pass. Red flags of trouble or obstruction include restlessness, lethargy, vomiting with blood or coffee ground type material, inability to keep any food or water down, anorexia, pale gums, straining to pass feces or passage of black feces (digested blood). If you see these signs, then having your vet feel his belly +/- an xray to see where the pad is and whether it will pass on its own.
Otherwise, while monitoring we would want to start him on small meals of a light diet. Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Whichever you choose to offer, you can add tinned pumpkin or use all-bran (good fiber sources) to push this pad through the gut. Further to this, you can also add a GI lubricant (ie cat hairball treatment, Miralax, lactulose or food grade mineral oil). These can help get things moving for him and hopefully pass this without complications.
Overall, situations like these always require us to be on our toes and tread with care. If he just ate this, you can induce vomiting now. Otherwise, since he is showing none of those worrying signs, then you could alternatively consider the above steps for him while keeping a close eye. But if you see any of those other signs or want to err on the side of caution, then having him examined +/- x-rayed would be ideal so you can appreciate how far the pad has moved already.
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