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Hello- yesterday my dog managed to swallow a small piece of a tennis ball- the inner core hard plastic. The piece was small- size of a woodchip maybe. He is playful and has his appetite however just had a bowel movement with a tiny bit of blood sitting on top of

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The stool

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Wellington, 1.5 years old/ a cavalier King Charles Spaniel and he often has bouts of colitis

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Wellington

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Thank you for your question about Wellington. In a situation where foreign material was eaten, I would be watching closely for vomiting or loss of appetite for over 24 hours. That little bit of blood on the stool wouldn't be something overly worrisome. Blood in the stool can come from just eating something that upsets the colon. As long as he's eating well, not straining / seeming painful when defecating, and acting otherwise normal - I would just keep things the same and monitor him.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
He was straining a bit this evening but he often does- as he has IBD and colitis is often an issue for us- he definitely has his appetite and is behaving normally (playing etc)
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

With that history of the IBD and colitis, I would be most suspicious for a flare up there as the source of that little blood and not the foreign material that was eaten.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok- so I'll keep an eye it's been 24 hours since he ate the foreign material- any guess when it'll pass?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

From mouth to out is typically 48 hours or so.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok, will keep a look out and ask the dog walker to do the same. You'd only take Welly to vet if he begins to vomit/lose appetite?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I wouldn't be worried unless thee is vomiting and / or loss of appetite for over 24 hours. Chances are more than likely pretty good that the material that was eaten is in small pieces that have a decent chance of passing. You are watching for the signs that indicate that further care is needed so you're on top of this.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thanks so much- I appreciate the advice, truly!
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Absolutely no problem! I hope all goes well!

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thanks for following up! Still hasn't passed the piece but has been eating normally and having bowel movements normally as well/ so I'm hoping all is ok.He did manage to find another piece of the ball and it is actually a very flexible rubber so soft... I've attached a picture. Hoping that means it's easier on his belly.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
That is great that he’s still eating and acting normal! One scenario is that he really didn’t eat that portion of the ball. Sometimes it can be chewed in and pushed under something. The other possibility is it is still just bouncing around in the stomach not being a problem at the current time. As long as all is normal, then waiting is what needs to be done.
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
In your experience with things that continue to bounce around the stomach/ what chance is it that it'll cause a problem?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
I had one case where a dog ate a golf ball that stayed in the stomach for years! It never could pass out of the stomach but it never caused an issue with a blockage.
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