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He chewed up half half a tennis ball. Based on his habits I…

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He chewed up half half a tennis ball. Based on his habits I guess he chewed into small pieces but no way to know for sure

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name and age?

Bentley 3 years old. Border collie/ Australian cattle dog mix

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bentley?

No, very healthy and active. Has been drinking water and ate dry food since

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Dog
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9/27/2017
Dog Specialist: Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian. replied 9 months ago
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Dog Specialist: Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian. replied 9 months ago

But before I can start I need a little more information to make things clearer to me, so could you please confirm the following :

1. How long ago did this happen { How minutes or hours ago } ?

2. How much does Bentley weigh { In pounds } ?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
1 hour 30 minutes 62 pounds
Dog Specialist: Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian. replied 9 months ago

Hello again,

I have worked out an answer for you below ...

1. If a dog of that size thoroughly chewed up the half tennis ball into small fragments and swallowed the fragments then the chances are that this would cause no problem and the fragments should just pass through his intestinal tract over the next 48 hours.

2. The danger lies when they swallow something like half a tennis ball whole because then in my experience this would be a fairly common cause of intestinal tract blockage which can be a serious situation which usually requires abdominal surgery. You would be therefor wise to monitor Bentley for such signs as vomiting, lethargy, not eating, straining or abdominal pain and of course consult your local vet without delay if any such occur.

3. If you are not certain on the above then one of the best things you can do right now in this sort of situation is to make your dog sick immediately and try recover the tennis ball fragments that way. If you can do this within the first two hours after ingestion then you may be able to recover larger pieces. For the sake of speed I will give you a link on how to do this best : LINK

{ Also be aware that an ER vet will be able to quickly induce vomiting with prescription drugs }

4. But in any case I should be available online for you the next four or five hours today so please do not hesitate to get straight back to me if Bentley's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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Dog Specialist: Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian. replied 9 months ago

Hello again,

I am just checking back in to see how Bentley is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning the tennis ball incident ...

Please get back to me and let me know how things are going.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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