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    Default The Dog Ate the Plastic Thingy....

    Hi Y'All,

    This morning some stooooopid idiot (me) forgot to remove the plastic meat liquid absorption thingy from package before feeding the dog. It must have stuck itself to the carcass. Anyway, the dog has left a couple of small bits of plastic behind indicating to me that she has most likely eaten the rest.

    I'm really mad at myself.

    Has anyone had this occur before? Flirtt is a Dobe, so not a really small dog, but I'm wondering if this warrants an immediate trip to vet, or maybe wait and see if it passes? I'm trying to figure out why she'd persist in eating it and have no idea if it got swallowed whole or in bits.

    Feeling really stupid and negligent now... anyone? Anyone?

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    If it's doesn't **** it out... Go to the vet

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    I have been guilty of once cooking a roast for human consumption with it still there.
    I too think it should pass through ok, just keep a good eye out for any hunching or straining when trying to poo.

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    I thought the stuff they use in the bottom of meat trays was toxic. If my dog had eaten it - I would be straight to the vet. I tend to put meat packaging where she can't reach it - though I have heard of sink raiding dogs. As soon as I've finished dealing with the meat I put the packaging in a plastic bag and straight into the sulo bin outside. She has never broken into that yet, though I suppose she could knock the bin over if she tried.

    You can ring these guys and ask them if they are toxic. They make the meat tray pads. I imagine they couldn't use anything toxic but eating something highly absorbant would be bad for the insides.
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    Most of the meat I get comes from the butcher or my independent supermarket and they don't use these pad things.

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    I rang my vet and they tell me that toxicity is only a problem if she gets blocked and does not pass it out. Otherwise I am doing poo inspections for the next day or so- which is ok because I do that always anyway. (Poo fetish??!!) My vet did make one suggestion I thought others may find helpful- if you want to specifically identify your dog's poo, say if you have more than one dog, feed corn to one as it will not digest (knew that bit) and then you will have lovely little yellow markers to tell you which one did or did not do it. I thought that clever- corn, the diagnostic tool!!

    In the normal course of events, all my food comes from butcher, too, but I bought a bag of chicken carcasses from Safeway which had the pad thing in. My dogs don't come anywhere near the food or bins, the meal is prepared and taken to their crates for eating. But I just missed the plastic thingy in my rush this morning. Totally my fault, not the dog doing something she shouldn't... I mean, hey, I gave it to her so she ate it :-/. All day I've been thinking to myself 'how could you!!??'
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    If you feed corn now, and you see corn soon at the other end, and no pad thing, you will know it's stuck somewhere too. Its a good marker for humans as well as dogs, to find out how long it takes for food to go from one end to the other. I think for my dog it's about 12 hours. For me, slightly longer, maybe 24 - if nothing has gone wrong - like food poisoning.

    There was TV program - maybe "you are what you eat" or maybe one of the jamie oliver specials that ran this experiment on three volunteers...

    PS Carrot and brown rice are good markers too. That's how I know it's my dog's poo.

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    Well, if its small enough, it will pass, the problem is if its too big its bound to get caught somewhere.
    I believe no one is made of money, so although I personally wouldnt be rushing to the vet, I would be keeping a really close eye on him.
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    Quick update: Flirtt chucked her cookies about half an hour ago... hey presto magic-o there was the plastic pad thingy. A little worse for wear, but out- where it should be, lol. I have never been so relieved and enthusiastic about being intimate with vomit in my life. So I am now a greatly relieved and very chastened individual.

    Many thanks for the tips and advice- learn something new every chance :-)

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    Great news! Now you will be able to sleep well.

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    Thank goodness. I have heard some horrible stories about those things.

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