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Likes to eat duck feathers. How much of a issue is this?

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likes to eat duck feathers. How much of a issue is this?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 8 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

That's an interesting question that you've asked about your dog. I do have a few of my own first to ask if you don't mind:

1. What breed and age dog are you asking about?

2. How much duck feathers are ingested at one time?

3. Are they chewed up or ingested whole?

Thanks, Deb

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
he is a 11 month old cavashon. He seems to chew it up before he eats it.
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 8 months ago.

Thanks for the answers to my questions.

I wouldn't expect that there would be any significant issues for your dog, especially if he likes to chew up the feathers before ingesting them. I might envision looser stool issues on occasion if damage is done to the intestines as they're passing through if enough are eaten. I've never seen a dog become obstructed from eating them but I suppose if he ate a basketful at one time, that's a possibility...although it's not likely that he'd eat this many at once.

The hard pieces of the feather might cause some irritation to the back of his throat where he might develop a mild cough which feeding canned food should resolve.

But, that's about it. I wouldn't expect major issues as a consequence of feather ingestion. Deb