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Ingestion of Foreign Objects

“Foreign bodies” are objects pets may eat, which subsequently get “stuck” in their stomachs or intestines.

Dog in park with tongue out
Dog in park with tongue out

Gastric/Intestinal Foreign Body

Making sure your pet’s chew toys are safe and not exposed to objects they may be tempted to eat can prevent foreign body ingestion.

When choosing chew toys, make sure that they are durable or they don’t have parts that can pull off and be eaten. Make sure trashcans are covered, laundry is placed safely away, and children’s toys are picked up.

Common foreign bodies include socks, coins, underwear, ribbon, string, children’s toys, string or wrappers from meat, and just about any other object a pet can find in a vulnerable trash can.