What Do I Do If My Dog Swallowed Rubber?

If your dog has swallowed rubber and is exhibiting lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness or general signs of discomfort, he must be taken to a local veterinarian immediately, notes Dr. Dobias Natural Healing. An emergency care provider must resolve any intestinal obstruction, through possible surgical exploration of the blockage.

Because the esophagus of a dog is larger than the outlet to its stomach, dogs can swallow objects that are too large to pass out of the stomach. It is possible that these swallowed objects can pass through the entire GI tract, without causing any problems, but then block the bowel. Intussusception can occur, where the bowel turns in upon itself, obstructing the passage.

Obstructions in the intestines can be partial or complete. Even a partial obstruction can cause vomiting or diarrhea over several weeks. A complete obstruction can cause vomiting and severe abdominal pain. After a diagnosis is made by abdominal x-rays or ultrasound, the foreign body can be removed through abdominal surgery or with an endoscope, notes WebMD. It is best not to induce vomiting, but instead contact a local veterinarian.

If your dog is continuously eating foreign objects, it can be because he lacks required nutrients in his diet. Dr. Dobias Natural Healing suggests feeding him wholesome, non-processed, raw or cooked food and supplements.