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are real corks (from a wine bottle) poisonous for dogs

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are real corks (from a wine bottle) poisonous for dogs?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Joan replied 6 years ago.


Did your dog eat a cork?

If he did eat it was it chewed or swallowed whole?

What type of dog are we discussing?


Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Well, the cork is gone, it could have been eaten/chewed by either a german shepard 4 mo old puppy or a 9 month old siberian husky. I saw the huskyt chewing something but didn't realize what it might have been until I went to put the cork in my bottle.
Expert:  Joan replied 6 years ago.


Cork itself is not toxic, but if swallowed whole it can cause a blockage in the intestinal tract. If chewed, it should pass. I would normally suggest inducing vomiting if an hour or less, but if swallowed whole it can lodge in the wind pipe, so I am hesitatnt to advise that. At this point, The choice would be to wait and see if it passes in the stool. You could take the dogs in and have them X rayed and see if the Vet can retrieve it with an endoscope if swallowed whole or take a wait and see stand. Watch for symptoms of a problem which can include vomiting, diarrhea, tender abomen, diarrhea, constipation or a combination of the issues listed. The thing you have in your favor is the both dogs are large breed and have a better chance to pass the cork if it was swallowed whole. Joan

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thank you for your answer. I really think that the husky ate it because the shepard isn't big enough yet to get it from the counter and we saw her chewing something. It was old and cracking when I took it out of the bottle, so I'm sure it go chewed. I've use Hyd. peroxide on the dogs before, but am not concerned if the cork is actually not poisonous. Thanks again and have a nice evening!