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Beagle swallows foreign bodies

No matter how careful we are, the beagles always find something and simply eat it up. We can not always say what that was exactly, and sometimes we do not even notice it.
With smaller foreign bodies it is usually no problem - the admission and the excretement happen without symptoms.
But for example solid or threadlike things can get stuck and lead to intestinal obstruction. Edged or sharp foreign bodies can also injure the esophagus, the stomach or the intestine.

Impure objects can also cause infections by the bacteria.

Possible foreign bodies - which we or our puppy families have experienced:
- Wood
- Bones
- Bone splinters
- Stone
- Ropes
- Socks
- Balloons
- Tennis ball pieces (especially the fibers!)
- Fly swatter

Symptoms of foreign body absorption:
vomiting or frequent vomiting
no appetite
abdominal pain (recognizable by hard abdominal wall, curved back)
strongly reddened oral mucous membranes and bad breath
bloated stomach
missing feces excretement
circulation problems

Attention - it can happen, the dog vomits the object himself and can eat it again.

Two questions are important:
- WHAT has the beagle swallowed?
- HOW much time has passed since then?

As long as the foreign body is in the stomach, you can bring the dog with an injection to vomit and will possibly excrete it again.

But if it is about sharp or angular objects such as bone splinters, nail, sharp plastic parts, vomiting is not very clever, as it can also lead to injuries.

It also applies to large objects because they can get stuck in the esophagus during vomiting.


Therefore it is important if one suspects the dog has swallowed something dangerous to go to the vet - there he will probably take an x-ray or an ultrasound scan and decide if an injection to get the dog vomitting makes sense or if he will remove the object endoscopically. The second requires anesthetic.

If too much time has passed and the foreign body is already in the intestine, it may become entangled with the intestinal loops or get caught in a constriction and cause intestinal obstruction. In such a case, an operation will be necessary.

A good measure for smaller parts or until you come to the vet to give the dog sauerkraut. The cabbage fibers can envelop the sharp edges or tips. Therefore - there is always a pack of sauerkraut in our fridge.