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Hi. My name is***** Thank you for your question about Heidi. Are you trying to figure out what this object is? How long ago was the last time this happened? Can you post a picture of it?
I'd be curious to see what it looks like. You can post a picture of it here with the paper clip icon. Sometimes after an object has been eaten / chewed on / sat in the stomach for awhile - it can look nothing like it originally was.
No problem on the picture. Identifying what these objects were / a part of is sometimes a great challenge that ultimately remains a mystery. At my ER, I've done surgery and pulled out things that the owners and I could never identify the source For what you're describing, I would throw out the possibility of rubber backing on some object / mat, some part of a rubber toy, could it be a door stopper part, could it be part of the kong (these are supposed to be indestructible), could it be some plastic object in the house / garage that is being chewed on and these parts are coming off. Could she be finding it on a walk?
That is great that you're replacing the Kong's that are getting more worn by her. Could these pieces that were vomited up just be larger portions of it? I tell all owners that if a toy is starting to fray, come apart, look worn, etc.. - just replace it as it is way less expensive than having to take it out of their pet at surgery! The Kong balls are the best for being the most durable, but even they can be broken. A focused dog with time on their hand and determination can destroy pretty much everything. Could she be finding something in the back yard that got tossed into it? Brought into it by another person or animal?
Good picture! That doesn't look like the broken off piece of a kong toy. Very interesting as it is so smooth. If it is rubber, it shouldn't get that smooth if it is broken off / chewed off. Dang. I'm having a brain storm and coming up with a lot of nothing as to its source. If it was hard, I would say something like river stone rocks. But, if you are saying it is more rubber like, that is where I'm drawing a blank.
When I have a case at my ER where they have diarrhea with lots of mucus, the suspicion goes heavily towards eating something that has upset the stomach / colon. It can be a plant, new food, table scrap, etc.. Typically foreign bodies don't do this unless they are causing a blockage and the body is getting stressed from it.
A good pet owner checks the stools! At my ER, I get frustrated when I ask how the stools are looking as part of my history taking and an owner says they don't know. It is important. I'm hoping all goes well for her. One tip for helping your vet out in the future is to take pictures or video of things that are happening at home that may not be taken or repeatable at the clinic.
The cell phone is a tool that is helping me with numerous cases at my ER. A lot of owners are starting to come in with their phones and being able to say "this is what we were seeing at home!". It takes a lot of the guess work out of situations.