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Sandy wrote at 2008-03-30 04:46:28
My 75 pound Rottweiller mix swallowed (did not chew)a popsicle stick two weeks ago.  I was frantic and called the vet who said she might require surgery but since she was a large dog, she most likely would pass it within 72 hours.  He said it also might dissolve and I might never find it in her BM.  He said to monitor her for distress or vomiting.  Then I found this site and it said to feed her fiber which I did. (Bread with 9 grams of fiber per slice.) I also gave her a tablespoon of mineral oil with each meal and increased the amount of her food by about 20% to help push the popsicle stick through her system faster.  I also kept her quiet and did not allow her to run or over exert herself.   Finally, 10 days later she passed it, entirely intact!!  It had not dissolved or broken up in any way. It came out whole, totally encased inside her bowel movement.  She has not suffered any ill effects and believe me, I know how lucky I was.

zenda wrote at 2010-01-09 11:56:58
We have a Ridgeback and he did the same-swallowed a pop stick full.He was fine and after a little less than 2 weeks he vomited it up with some grass fully in tact.Its as if an icecream had just been eaten!!It was bizzar,but we are thankful he was ok.:)

Cori wrote at 2011-08-26 23:38:35
Agree with the Answer above...fiber and monitoring.

carlabelle wrote at 2012-06-02 01:53:52
am posting here because I looked at a lot of forums on this topic (I guess dogs swallowing whole popsicle sticks is fairly common) but was frustrated to find that nobody followed up after the incidents to report on what happened. My 8-year-old 90-pound yellow lab swallowed a popsicle stick whole (along with the dropped popsicle) 2 weeks ago. I consulted with my vet, who told me that unless the dog was clinically ill -- vomiting, in pain, or not eating, drinking, or defecating -- there was nothing they could do to treat him. A popsicle stick will not show up on an X-Ray. And because it is treated wood, it will not break down or digest easily. She instructed me to feed him 3-6 pieces of fluffy white bread (like Wonder) to see if we could move it along. I did this on two separate days with no effect. Ultimately, all I could do was watch and wait and hope that it navigatged the digestive system without causing a perforation (not too likely because of the rounded corners, unless it splinters) or an obstruction. I am happy to report that my dog passed his stick today completely intact. I was surprised that it took a whole two weeks to came out, but I'm glad the event is over and wish anyone in the same situation the best of luck!

Waltsmum wrote at 2014-01-21 10:42:07
My 5 month old Rottweiler swallowed an ice cream stick whole. I rang one vet on call and they said just to monitor him and see if he looks like he's in pain or sluggish and if he does bring him in. So did most of the responses on google. I was not happy with this, he is my first and only baby. I rang another vet on call who told me to bring him in right away. When I brought him she gave me 2 options because this had all happened in the space of 30 minutes she said she could get him to try and throw it up, however there would be a risk it could obstruct his throat and he'd need throat surgery. Or she could do surgery straight on his stomach but it was going to cost $1200. I went with the first option and luckily he threw it up no problems after the vet gave him a lot of food to bring it up with. If I hadn't done this there was a chance the stick could damage his stomach, or his intestines. If surgery needed to be done on his intestines it would have been more costly and risky. I wouldn't recommend watching and waiting personally.

retriever mom wrote at 2015-06-27 12:43:22
I know this is a old forum but I'd like to thank everyone that did post. was really scared but my 80 lb golden retriever also swallowed a popsicle stick and he acted very normal and passed the stick less then 48hr whole, so relieved

Becca wrote at 2015-08-24 08:39:47
My 3yo border  collie swallowed a stick whole Saturday afternoon. I kept feeding him bread and left him to see how he went. The next morning he was acting uncomfortable, stretching a lot and not laying in one spot. I couldn't get through to the only open vets so I took him for a gentle walk in an attempt to get his bowels moving and shift it. That seemed to settle him and this morning the stick has passed problem free! Just thought I'd share my experience for anyone else who faces this seemingly common problem.  

Doberman MOM wrote at 2016-05-10 23:35:43
Hi, My Doberman (70-80 pound dog) swallowed a popsicle stick. GOOD NEWS after 8 days, she did poop it out. It was still solid and not broken (the same way she swallowed it). FYI- I did give her one extra scoop of dog food and 2 slices of white bread every day to help pass it.  

Cathie wrote at 2017-03-21 06:09:40
My 55 lb mutt ate a stick and I panicked and went to after hours vet. It had to be removed by

Some kind of forceps because it was stuck between two

Rib bones

$1,684.15 and a night in for observation later the dog was fine. So I would call your vet and ask  

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