What if my dog eats pillow stuffing? Surprising Answer

What happens when your dog swallows stuffing

Swallowing some stuffing isn’t always cause for alarm.

“A very small amount of stuffing likely will pass. It may not be as serious as a piece of ribbon or rope or string,” Dr. Lyon told The Dodo.

However, your dog’s prognosis depends on the amount of stuffing swallowed, and the size of your dog.

For example, if a tiny dog ate a large amount of stuffing from a toy, you’re going to want to call your vet, because it’s more likely that could result in an internal blockage.

Of course, sometimes it’s hard to tell how much they ate, so when in doubt, call your vet.

“Our primary concern with stuffing is … a large amount causing obstruction in the intestinal tract,” Dr. Lyon explained.

And if you’re concerned about it being toxic at all, there’s always a risk whenever your dog eats something that’s not food. But odds are if you’re buying toys from a reputable brand, the stuffing probably won’t be harmful in that way.

“Could it be toxic? Perhaps, but our primary concern would be the actual physical obstruction that a significant amount of stuffing might cause,” Dr. Lyon said.

If your dog is experiencing a gastrointestinal obstruction, she might experience symptoms like:

  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite or refusal to eat
  • Abdominal pain
  • If you notice your pup exhibiting these signs, contact your vet right away. Your dog may need emergency surgery to remove the obstruction.

    What to do if dog eats stuffing?

    If your dog ingests a foreign object, you should take her to the vet. If your normal vet is unavailable, call a 24-hour emergency animal clinic and describe the situation.

    Eating things such as fuzz or stuffing can cause significant health issues for pets, especially if they become clogged in the intestinal tract, which could require surgery to remove it. If toys are nearing the end of their lives, keep them away when you cannot monitor your pet’s play time.

    Why does my dog rip the stuffing out of toys?

    This is called the prey drive. Stuffed animals look quite similar to the prey your dog’s ancestors used to hunt, and their presence may trigger your dog’s prey drive, causing them to “hunt” and “kill” the toy. … Boredom: It’s also possible that dogs rip the stuffing out of toys because they just need something to do.

    Living808 – What to do when your pet swallows an object

    Q:My dog loves to chew and tear up her toys but isnt interested in hard or rubber toys like Kongs. Instead, she loves ripping the stuffing out of her toys, and Im concerned she may be digesting the stuffing. Are there any health risks involved? What type of soft toy could I purchase that would satisfy her need to rip and chew but wont have anything she can digest?

    A: This is a common problem. Of most concern is the possibility of stomach or small intestinal blockage. Objects that dogs swallow seem to pass through the digestive tract most of the time, but it is not uncommon for surgery to be required. If the material is in the small intestine for even just a few hours, the blood supply to the area can be compromised and that portion of the intestines has to be removed. I have surgically removed a variety of objects, including rocks, socks, small rubber balls and coins. The procedure is not without risk, though most dogs recover without complication if brought in quickly.

    The most common signs of an obstruction are repeated vomiting, lethargy, no appetite and apparent abdominal pain. With any toy or treat, it is essential that you monitor your dogs when they play to be sure they arent swallowing relatively large portions. Give praise for nondestructive play, and as soon as the destruction begins, take the toy away. There are some plush toys for dogs that have other little toys stuffed inside. The game is for the dog to extract the small toys. This may help satisfy your dogs urge to chew and tear. Also try braided rope or hollow “squeaky toys.” If all else fails, consult a dog trainer for help.