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Unread 08-24-2006, 06:12 AM   #1
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Default Help! Dog swallowed a toothpick

I was just on the computer when I went to check on my dog I noticed he was choking. He had just swallowed a toothpick my sister had left on the table.
I managed to get a majority of the toothpick out
but i noticed he had swallowed the pointy bit while he was chewing it.
He is still young (6 months old) will he be okay?

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Unread 08-24-2006, 07:48 AM   #2
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Keep a VERY close eye on him - especially at eating and drinking times. If anything looks out of the norm, get him to a vets.
If possible, take him for a check up anayway....

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o boy... I would call the vet and see what they suggest.. That tiny peice could get louged somewhere and perhaps cause an absese? While I was the the vet the other day their collie had swallowed a sewing needle..

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I Would Take Him To The Vet, Just To Be Sure, Because It Could Get Stuck Somewhere And Do Some Damage, At Least Get The Vets Opinion Of What You Should Do.
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A vet trip may be in order as the others have said. The problem with toothpicks is they are wood and not radiodense, so they won't show up on X-rays. You'll want to look for any change in behavior, loss of appetite or energy. Fortunately if the toothpick does lodge and rupture, it is a repairable condition, but I certainly hope that doesn't happen for both you and your dog's sake.

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Oh honey I would at least call the vet and ask what he/she thinks you should do. Maybe if it ate a bulk of something to push it down into the stomach and if small enough might pass through ok. I still suggest a vet call.
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