What to Do If Your Pet Swallows a Foreign Object

Recognizing the Incident
Recognizing the Incident
Identify if your pet has swallowed an object by observing signs like gagging, drooling, or distress. Don’t attempt to induce vomiting without professional guidance.
Immediate Response
Immediate Response
Do not panic. Keep the animal calm and still to prevent further complications. Refrain from giving food or water that might push the object deeper.
Professional Help
Professional Help
Contact your vet immediately or head to an animal emergency hospital. Time is crucial to prevent internal damage or blockage.
Diagnostic Procedures
Diagnostic Procedures
Veterinarians may use x-rays or ultrasounds to locate the object. Some objects, like certain plastics, may not show up, requiring different diagnostic approaches.
Non-Invasive Removal
Non-Invasive Removal
Endoscopy is a preferred method for non-invasive removal. A flexible tube with a camera helps retrieve the object without surgery.
Surgical Intervention
Surgical Intervention
If the object is sharp or lodged, surgery under anesthesia might be necessary. Laparotomy is a common procedure for such cases.
Post-Removal Care
Post-Removal Care
After removal, pets need rest and possibly antibiotics or painkillers. Follow the vet's instructions for diet and activity restrictions to ensure full recovery.
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What indicates a pet swallowed something?
Jumping and barking
Gagging, drooling, distress
Running in circles