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Experience:  AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
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Swallowed a rubber toy, Diablo, 9, Nope

Customer Question

Swallowed a rubber toy
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Diablo
JA: How old is Diablo?
Customer: 9
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about Diablo?
Customer: Nope
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

Hello! My name is ***** ***** it will be my pleasure to help you with your dog today.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
He swallowed a rubber duck
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

When did he eat it?

How big was the duck?

How much does Diablo weigh?

Is he acting normally otherwise?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
About two or three hours ago. Tried to eat and stopped. Just laying down now.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Mini bath toy
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

Great. THanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

At this point, all we can really do is adopt a watch and wait plan.

If we're going to see any issues with this kind of ingestion we'll see things like attempting to vomit or defecate without success, vomiting immediately after eating or drinking anything, lethargy, anorexia or painful or swollen abdomen. If you see any of these signs, then you should have Diablo seen by a vet immediately as these are signs of a serious problem called intestinal obstruction.

I would also make a point to watch him when he goes out to defecate for the next 7-10 days to see if the duck makes it's way out. Once you see the duck, then you're out of the woods.

I hope this helps.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I can see he bulge in his neck where it is
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
However, he is breathing and drinking water
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Can feel the duck when. Rubbing the area
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

If you can see it in his throat, then you should absolutely, positively have him seen by an emergency vet tonight so they can remove it before it causes a problem with his breathing.

If you're not sure where an emergency vet might be in your area, you can go to: and plug in your zip code. They'll point you in the direction of the one nearest to you.

At the emergency vet, they'll sedate him and remove the duck.

Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

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