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Yellow Lab 5 years old that tore up 4-6 diapers last night.

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Yellow Lab 5 years old that tore up 4-6 diapers last night. Ate fine for breakfast and dinner and is drinking ok, just seems to be a bit under the weather looking. While the diaper poop was likely eaten, the inner absorbent was torn through and seemed to be in large quantity at the site, where none of the poop remains. He had a small yelp a few times in a 5 minute period tonight before dinner, but nothing since. Thoughts?
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?
Customer: Rudder
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about Rudder?
Customer: No meds, healthy
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 8 months ago.

I am sorry to hear about Rudder's diaper escapade. I can see why he would have quite a tummy ache at the very least.

Just to be clear, he is not vomiting, right? And he is still eating?

If so, then I would be less concerned about an abstraction at this point, although one may develop depending on how much diaper material he ate.

As long as he is continuing to eat and is not vomiting or straining to defecate, you can continue to watch him at home however, if he is vomiting has a painful abdomen, stops eating or is straining to defecate, I recommend having him seen by a veterinarian for diagnostics to rule out intestinal obstruction.

If you want to err on the side of caution and be proactive instead of reactive, you can take him in (tomorrow to your regular vet or into emergency tonight- your preference) and have radiographs or abdominal ultrasound performed to look for evidence of foreign material or obstruction. If there is evidence then you will have to discuss with the veterinarian the pros and cons of surgery vs in hospital treatment with IV fluids and supportive care to see if he will pass it.

What was he doing when he yelped? did he seem to have abdominal pain? if so, I would lean toward taking him in sooner rather than later but if it wasn't localized you can continue to watch him.

Does this help to address your concerns tonight?

Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 8 months ago.

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

Dr. Ellie

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