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Dog ate sponge, whole.

felinedogs
February 13th, 2011, 12:54 PM
My Newfoundland dog stole a sponge out of the kitchen sink yesterday at noon and as far as I can see he ate it whole, did not chew it just swallowed it. The sponge was 4 1/2" long, 3" wide and 1/4 thick. He is eating and drinking normally, no vomiting, no diarrhea and is still carrying on like a fool.
Any suggestions would be very greatly appreciated. He has eaten a lot of odd things including paper towels, the cats toy mice, anything that isn't nailed down and has had no problems but a sponge is a concern.
Thank you.

exkalibur
February 13th, 2011, 02:08 PM
Get him to vet right now....stomach blockage like that is serious.

cell
February 13th, 2011, 02:58 PM
he might have a full collection still lodged in his stomach, remember anything that doesn't come out stays in. It is unlikely this sponge will pass. If it doesn't come out in 24 Hr you will need to go to the vet to take it out as it can become a time bomb.

Bina
February 13th, 2011, 03:54 PM
Most pups will swallow small bits of toys or small pieces of towels and they will pass through the next day.
BUT swallowing a sponge could be very serious.
1) it's the perfect size to cause a blockage.
2) it's loaded with bacteria and will attract more gut bacteria causing an infection.
Hopefully you can get to the vet on Monday.
Best wishes !

rainbow
February 13th, 2011, 06:57 PM
Yes, that is a concern and you should take him to the vet asap. Good luck and please post with an update. :fingerscr :goodvibes:

felinedogs
February 14th, 2011, 01:24 PM
Thanks for the advice.

I contacted our vet first thing this morning and sat and waited for over five hours for him to get back to me. I finally called again and the reply from the receptionist, who had talked to the vet, was "do nothing." She said as long as the dog was eating normally and having normal bowel movements there was not a blockage and basically nothing could be done unless there was. So are we suppose to sit and wait for something to happen before anything is done? Sorry if I sound frustrated and I am seriously considering looking for another vet.

Thanks again.

rainbow
February 14th, 2011, 01:35 PM
I would be contacting another vet immediately. I think that a xray at least should be done and an ultrasound if needed.

cell
February 14th, 2011, 01:58 PM
I have heard several people recommended Vasaline on bread as a precaution for ingested foreign objects. It sounded totally weird the first time I heard it but have since heard it from other people...
It is true that if the dog is eating and defecating normally there is no issue YET, but you could get the blockage at any time the objects in the stomach decide to block the stomach exit, which could be on your vacation, on a long weekend, while you are away, on a holiday, you name it. There is also the possibility the dog could try and vomit it up and end up with it lodged in the esophagus which could obstruct the airway (= suffocation). If you normal vet was not even willing to take a xray for you I think you might need a new vet.

Rgeurts
February 14th, 2011, 03:50 PM
I would be finding another vet asap. You don't want to wake up in the middle of the night with your dog vomiting or suffocating. You will be forced to use an emergency clinic at that point, which will cost you more than double. It could pass on it's own, but it could also cause a lot of problems before it passes (if it doesn't cause a blockage). Take it from someone who has a problem boy like this... mine has Pica and has eaten the most unimaginable things. We have had countless x-rays, but have been lucky so far. He has never eaten a sponge... if he had, I'd be in panic mode! If there is a problem they can do a scope (to avoid surgery) and remove it from his stomach before something happens.

felinedogs
February 16th, 2011, 09:37 AM
Our veterinarian finally called after I had contacted another vet. Both are of the same opinion, do nothing unless there is a problem. Both feel it will come out one way or the other or be broken down with the stomach acids. It was a cellulose sponge. I'm still concerned though but the dog seems fine, eating and drinking normally, pooping normally (no sign of the sponge) and acting like nothing has happened.
Thanks.

pbpatti
February 16th, 2011, 10:44 AM
My opinion!!!!! get to a vet and have them do an xray, when Sasha ate a corn cob I was told that it could have turned septic...very poisonous and could kill your dog. My vet ended up doing stomach surgery to remove the remaining pieces of corn cob.

This just sounds too big for the dogs stomach acid to break down without causing a lot of trouble. Please get another opinion. patti

BenMax
February 16th, 2011, 11:22 AM
My opinion!!!!! get to a vet and have them do an xray, when Sasha ate a corn cob I was told that it could have turned septic...very poisonous and could kill your dog. My vet ended up doing stomach surgery to remove the remaining pieces of corn cob.

This just sounds too big for the dogs stomach acid to break down without causing a lot of trouble. Please get another opinion. patti

I was thinking the same. I am shocked that an xray was not recommended.:shrug:

Bina
February 16th, 2011, 03:44 PM
My opinion!!!!! get to a vet and have them do an xray, when Sasha ate a corn cob I was told that it could have turned septic...very poisonous and could kill your dog. My vet ended up doing stomach surgery to remove the remaining pieces of corn cob.

This just sounds too big for the dogs stomach acid to break down without causing a lot of trouble. Please get another opinion. patti

Agreed.And unfortunately I know of a case.
A lovely Malamute ate a sock and showed no signs of it bothering him until it was too late. The sock had stayed inside him while he ate and drank normally, but it basically rotted and was full of bacteria. Even with emergency vet care, he died.
Good Luck with this. :fingerscr

hazelrunpack
February 20th, 2011, 08:12 PM
An xray won't show something soft like a sponge. It'll pick up signs of a blockage, like gas in the intestine, but unless there are symptoms of a blockage, most vets won't do an xray.

Did your dog finally pass the sponge, felinedogs? :fingerscr