Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What do you do if your dog ate a Q-tip?

Chances are if a dog eats a single Q-tip, particularly the type made with paper sticks, he or she will be fine. Owners should simply watch closely for any signs of gastrointestinal upset including loss of appetite, lethargy, abdominal pain, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. If these or other symptoms develop the dog should be taken to a veterinary hospital immediately and the doctor informed of the possibility of a foreign body ingestion. If the Q-tip (particularly the plastic stick) becomes lodged in the gastrointestinal tract, treatment will be necessary. The veterinarian may need the results of abdominal X-rays, an abdominal ultrasound, and/or endoscopy to determine if the Q-tip is to blame and plan the best form of treatment. Gastrointestinal foreign bodies will sometimes pass with medical management, but in other cases they need to be removed either using an endoscope or surgically.

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