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My dog got in to the bathroom bin when we were out at work yesterday morning (it was slightly too full and ready to be taken out so she must have got the lid off and carried the liner downstairs) and my husband returned home on his lunch break from work to visit the dog, to find ripped sanitary towels/feminine napkins all over the living room. I was mortified when he told me, and feel very guilty.

The dog seems fine in herself. She has since thrown up twice (once yesterday afternoon, once this afternoon) and had three normal bowel movements (one last night, two this morning) - all have contained some of the white material. Is this a good sign that she is passing them naturally, or should we take her to the vet? She seems fine in herself and is still eating and drinking normally.

Thank you.

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Dear Blake,

It seems like your dog will be all right.It usually takes 10 to 24 hours for the foreign body to move through.It is a good sign that it had vomited twice and passed stools thrice.So there may not be an intestinal obstruction to suspect.Other complication would be Gastritis, symptoms of which would be persistent vomiting,or Enteritis where there can be diarrhea.

So Keep watch on these three symptoms

Intestinal Obstruction: Often stop eating and appear depressed
Gastritis: Persistent Vomiting
Enteritis: Diarrhea

If any such symptoms are suspected please consult your vet.Otherwise OK.
Hope this information helps.

regards

anand  

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

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Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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