You know what dogs and children have in common. They are both attracted to things we forbid them the most. Tampons, diapers, sanitary pads, underwear, etc… These are all things you would think will repel your dog but it’s quite the opposite.
If curiosity gets the best of your pup and they end up ingesting one of these things or other personal items we recommend that you visit the vet immediately. See, things like tampons, pads, and diapers are made to absorb liquids. So, when they get to the dog’s stomach, they will suck up vital body fluids while increasing in density. That could lead to a blockage in the intestines.
A condom on the other hand is not absorbent but still poses a risk of blockage if ingested especially by a small dog. Something not to do when your dog eats a tampon or any other personal product is to punish them. You need to understand that dogs explore through their mouths and are scavengers in nature.
What you can do instead is ensure that used items are disposed of properly and unused items are kept far from your dog’s reach. Another thing I should emphasize is that you don’t shy away from talking about the issue with the vet. I get that telling the vet that the pup consumed a tampon is one of the most awkward conversations you will ever have but it’s also what stands between your dog getting the right medical care.
Sometimes you may not notice when your dog ingests these products. In this case, watch out for these symptoms to know if everything is alright:
- Appetite loss
- Abdominal pains
If everything is done right, your dog should be out of danger, but let’s not get there again! Please keep all your personal items away from your dog’s reach!