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My 14-month-old, 65-pound Poodle/Australian Shepherd/German Shepherd ate part of a tennis ball yesterday. I think it was only one small piece. Do I wait for it to pass or be thrown up? I fed him squash/hamburger/soaked flax seed last night and this morning to help it pass, but I'm still worried. ~Jeri

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if the poodle will be able to digest that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the poodle?

No health issues. He isn't exhibiting any signs of distress. Eating, drinking, and pooping normally.

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Depending on the size of the tennis ball it is appropriate to wait and see especially if there are no other symptoms. If the tennis ball is standard size and he ate less than half then it has a reasonable chance of passing on its own or being thrown up. If you want to be absolutely sure we are making the right decision then take the remaining tennis ball piece to the vet with your dog and have them do an xray. They can look for the piece and see if the intestine is forming a pattern that indicates it's developing a blockage.

However, we can also watch for symptoms. If he throws up more than once (and there's no tennis ball), becomes lethargic or starts acting like he can't get comfortable then we have a problem and he has to see the vet. If he stays normal over the next 7 days or so in most cases he'll be fine with no other issues. I hope this helps, if not please feel free to ask more questions, if it did help, please leave a rating. Dr. Dan

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
that's exactly what I needed to know - when to panic. LOL. I appreciate your time and will leave a good rating.

I'm happy to help, have a great day!

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