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My 6 month old rottie puppy just swallowed a very thin sock

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hi there - my 6 month old rottie puppy just swallowed a very thin sock (a ped type sock)
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the puppy will be able to digest that. What is the puppy's name?
Customer: chance
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about chance?
Customer: no not outside of the sock
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today! Please give me a few moments to type my response and I will be right back!

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

Depending on your dogs size this is a small chance for a foreign body obstruction so I would advise inducing vomiting. If your dog ingested this within the last few hours then you can induce vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide 1 tsp per ten pounds then walk around to mix it in the stomach and agitate the lining. If no vomiting within 10-15 minutes it can be repeated once only in hopes of inducing vomiting.

If there is no vomiting then there are a few precautions we can take to hopefully minimize the risk of obstruction but at the first signs of vomiting without production of the ball please have a veterinarian evaluate your dog.

- Feed 2-3 pieces of bread now

- Take a nice walk to help move the material through. Not running around but a leash walk which helps encourage emptying of the stomach and digestion of at least 15+ minutes

- In about 2 hours repeat the bread which is used to help bulk up the foreign body to hopefully push them through

- Monitor for signs of the material coming out the other end in the next 24-48 hours

- Again tomorrow a few nice long leash walks to help encourage gi motility and pushing the foreign material through the intestinal tract

This is the difficult part, the watching and waiting because all we can do is see if it passes on its own if there is no initial vomiting with the peroxide.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Don't you have to worry about them choking if you induce vomiting. Not sure if that is a stupid question but the first thing that comes to mind.
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

The risk of an obstruction is much greater than the risk of aspiration or choking. The gag reflex will supplement the peroxide with inducing vomiting. It is not a stupid question at all

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

Good evening, I wanted to check in on Chance to see if you were able to induce vomiting yesterday? I would love an update when you are able.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 7 months ago.

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

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