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Our dog swallowed an electrode tens machine unit. It

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our dog swallowed an electrode for a tens machine unit. It has been used several times and adhesive was not as sticky as when new.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: She's a boykin spaniel 18 months
JA: What is the spaniel's name?
Customer: Harper
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Harper?
Customer: no
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.
Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** How long ago was this swallowed? Does it look similar to this one?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes, about 20 minutes ago
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.
This is one of those situations where one option is to make Harper vomit to bring that electrode up and then it would be a non-issue. Here is a good link on inducing vomiting. a young, healthy dog - inducing vomiting has a good chance of getting them to bring up the object. If the object is brought up, then the issue is done. This electrode though, may not be that concerning of an object though. It is pretty small and most likely flexible and in my opinion would seem to have a decent chance of just passing benignly through an intestinal tract. If the object is left to pass, then watching for vomiting, loss of appetite for over 24 hours or abdominal pain is monitored for.
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.
This electrode could be similar to eating a small piece of fabric such as some cloth or a sock. Sometimes when these things are eaten, they pass through benignly and sometimes they don't. There in is the unknown as the exact size of the intestinal tract and conformation of the material eaten are unknown.
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 1 year ago.

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

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