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I think my 8 month old lab MAY have swallowed a cigarette…

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I think my 8...

I think my 8 month old lab MAY have swallowed a cigarette lighter. She's acting fine though. What to do?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?

JoJo 8 month old lab

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is JoJo?

8 months

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about JoJo?

No. She is healthy and acting fine

Submitted: 24 days ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Sean Egan,
 replied 24 days ago
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Hi there, this is Dr. Sean. I’ll be happy to answer your question about JoJo.

Please ignore any request for a phone call service. Those are automatically generated by the website and I cannot stop that from occurring. I can answer your question in this text chat.

Was this a metal Zippo lighter, or a disposable? Do you think she chewed it first?

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Customer reply replied 24 days ago
Disposable. She did not chew if first. Like a puppy she grabbed it. I threw some treats in another direction which usually makes her drop whatever is in her mouth. She ate the treats but I can't find where she may have dropped the lighter
Dog Veterinarian: Sean Egan,
 replied 24 days ago

Ok. I don't think it's a good idea to make her throw up as I wouldn't want to take the chance that it gets stuck in her esophagus on the way up. I have seen much bigger things work their way through a lab's intestinal tract. If you are concerned, and really want to know if she swallowed it, I would have an x-ray done. That should be able to wait until tomorrow. If it's going to get stuck, it will probably be in the juncture between the small intestine and large intestine, and that will likely take 2-4 days before it gets there.

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Dog Veterinarian: Sean Egan,
 replied 24 days ago

M​y advice would be to just keep an eye on her today, and see your vet tomorrow to have an x-ray done, and formulate a plan from there. As I said, I've seen a lot of things pass through a Lab's system, so there's a good chance this will pass in a couple days.

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Dog Veterinarian: Sean Egan,
 replied 24 days ago

Any other questions or concerns that I can address?

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Dog Veterinarian: Sean Egan,
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Hi,

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

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