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so i have a 5 year old coon hound so shes fully grown and i think she may have eaten a hole tube of chapstick including the plastic tube and the plastic wrapper. i do not for certain that she ate it. i had it in my hand and than i did a couple of things and than i had NO idea where i put it. i looked in the trash i thought back to what i did i opened couple drawers and put a few things away so i looked in those drawers. i shook out all my blankets and my pillows to see if i layed it on my bed and i cant find it anywhere which leads me to believe that someone ate it.<br>
is this something that she can pass i mean a chapstick tube is not that big and shes a larger dog. i realize she cant digest plastic. what signs should i be looking for. honestly i dont even know if she ate it but i want to know what to look for in case she did please help
 

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Maybe she hid it somewhere?
 

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Vomiting, diarrhea, pain and lethargy are signs of bowel obstruction in dogs. I have a few times thought one of my dogs ate something only to find it a couple days later. Hope all is well with your dog!
 

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Maybe you should take your dog to the vet for an x-ray if you really think the dog ate it. Did you check under the bed?<br><br>
A small item such as a tube of Chapstick can be hiding anywhere. I'm willing to bet it will turn up eventually, and hopefully not in your dog.
 

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Is that your dog in your avatar? I noticed her on another thread, I love her!<br><br>
Anyway, just watch to make sure she poops, and watch for the signs that Wolfie typed. Also, in humans I know that a bloated, firm abdomen can indicate bowel obstruction, as can decreased bowel sounds and squeaky kinds of bowel sounds.
 

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My dog ate through part of a memory foam mattress, the bottom of a wooden door and a glass milk bottle when he was a puppy. They were some expensive vet bills lol. Love him to bits though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>LadyMetal87</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3010003"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
My dog ate through part of a memory foam mattress, the bottom of a wooden door and a glass milk bottle when he was a puppy. They were some expensive vet bills lol. Love him to bits though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Whoa!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> Glad he was OK!<br><br><br>
Hope the chapstick turns up. Keep us posted.
 

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Really not much you can do but wait. X-rays won't show a plastic tube. An old-school type vet I used to work for recommended metimucil after benign foreign body ingestion. He said it helped bind to whatever it is and help it move through the gut faster. One dog I used to dog sit ate non-food objects all the time, his owner would take a slice of sandwich bread, put in a dose of metimucil, and squeeze it into a ball. Of course the dog ate it no problem (this would be like, after having eaten a brillo pad). If he did eat it and it's causing a problem, he'll probably start vomiting and/or having diarrhea, being lethargic. I've seen much weirder, bigger things come back out of dogs and they were fine.
 

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If she stops eating, vomits, has diarrhea, has a change in attitude, anything along those lines, take her to the vet ASAP! There's nothing in chap stick itself that will hurt her, but the tube could cause an impaction. It's more likely that she will pass it on her own if she did eat it, but there is a chance that it could. The vet will want to take an x-ray to see what's going on (the plasic can show up on the x-ray, but it's easier to see where everything has built up in the intestines.<br><br>
Hope this helps!
 

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Whoa!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> Glad he was OK!<br><br><br>
Hope the chapstick turns up. Keep us posted.</div>
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He's fine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">, its us that get stressed out with him. We still have to watch what we leave around him though.
 
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