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Dogs tend to swallow trace amounts of sand regularly when they roll around on the ground or lick their paws clean. Trace amounts of sand are usually not harmful at all and pass out of their system along with their stools. However, there are scenarios when your fur baby may end up swallowing a lot more sand resulting in severe consequences.
What could cause your pup to swallow a lot of sand?
Sometimes, dogs, when suffering from a gastrointestinal problem begin to eat objects such as grass, wood, metal, etc. Sand is one such object that they might end up eating. Dogs sometimes also ingest a lot of sanding accidentally when playing. While scooping up their toys from the ground or from under the water, they may swallow a lot of sand.
What happens if your pup swallows a lot of sand
A large amount of sand tends to sit heavily in your dog’s stomach and intestine causing the entire passage to block. They might start coughing very roughly, choking, and vomiting. This is also accompanied by heavy pain, causing your pup to whimper and be extremely uncomfortable. The scenario eventually becomes lethal and, in severe cases, may result in the death of your pup.
While the best cure is prevention, which you can do by keeping your pup away from the sand, sometimes it is simply not possible. In cases that they end up ingesting a lot of sand, you need to take steps immediately. Here are a few things for you to look at to make sure that all the sand comes out of your pup’s body, and your pup is out of pain and discomfort.
- Take your pup to the vet immediately.
- Make sure that scans such as X-rays are done so that the amount of sand ingested can be looked at.
- Your dog will be put on fluids, oils, and synthetic sugars to loosen the sand and help them pass it through bowel movements.
- Since passing the large quantity of sand is extremely painful and uncomfortable, your pup will be given painkillers to tackle it.
- If the sand is too much and passing it naturally is taking too long, your dog will be prepared for surgery to speed up the process.
Help your dog stay brave and strong
This scenario is extremely unfortunate, and your pup will be very scared due to the host of new medical professionals around him or her and the pain that they are going through. There is a chance that your pup will get hyper and aggressive due to new people touching him or her. To make sure that you relieve some of your pup’s discomfort and make them comfortable and treat them with love and care. Stay near them as often as you can and pet them frequently to let them know that you haven’t left them alone. This will help your pup stay strong.