It’s every pet owner’s nightmare. You come home to find your beloved dog has gotten into your jewelry box and eaten your favorite necklace or earrings. But before you panic, it’s important to know that your dog will be just fine in most cases.
Here are a few smart tips to help you and your dog feel better.
Call the Vet
Whether it’s your favorite necklace or solitaire engagement ring, there are a few things you should do if your dog eats your jewelry. First, call your veterinarian. They will likely tell you to bring your dog in for an examination just to be sure there are no issues. Don’t risk lingering and risking internal damage to your pup’s stomach. Fortunately, if the jewelry was made of metals like gold or silver, it’s unlikely to cause any problems beyond an upset stomach. However, if the jewelry contained stones or other materials, it’s possible that they could cause an obstruction in your dog’s digestive system.
If your vet does surgery, there are a couple of different types that can be done to remove jewelry from your dog. The most common type is called an “open” surgery, where the surgeon makes a small incision in the skin and then removes the jewelry. This type of surgery is usually quick and easy, and it allows the surgeon to get a good look at the area around the jewelry to make sure that there are no other problems.
Another type of surgery is called a “closed” surgery, which means that the surgeon does not make an incision in the skin. Instead, they use special instruments to remove the jewelry. This type of surgery is usually more complicated and takes longer, but it has the advantage of being less invasive.
Watch Out for Pain
How can you tell if your dog is in pain? If your dog is acting normally and doesn’t seem to be in any pain, the best thing to do is keep an eye on them and let them pass the jewelry naturally. Many pieces of jewelry are sharp and can cut up the inside of your dog’s digestive system. If you see your dog yelping in pain or exhibiting other signs of discomfort, take them to the vet right away. Surgery may be required to remove the jewelry and repair any damage that has been done. In the meantime, keep an eye on your dog and make sure they don’t ingest any more jewelry.
Give Them Something to Pass It
If your dog is having trouble passing the jewelry, you can give them something to help. A small amount of petroleum jelly or mineral oil can help lubricate their digestive system and make it easier for them to pass the jewelry. You can also try giving them a little bit of canned pumpkin or plain yogurt, which can help soothe their stomach and get things moving again.
Keep Them Comfortable
No matter what you do, it’s important to make sure your dog is comfortable. They may be a little uncomfortable while they’re passing the jewelry, so give them a soft bed to lie on and plenty of fresh water to drink. You can also try feeding them small meals until they’re feeling better.
In general, however, it is important to keep an eye on your dog and watch for any signs of distress. If they seem to be in pain or are having difficulty breathing, then you should take them to the emergency vet immediately. If they are not showing any signs of distress, then you can try giving them a small meal or some bland food to see if that helps them pass the jewelry. If your dog does not improve after a day or so, or if they begin to show more signs of distress, then you should definitely take them to the vet.
It can be scary when your dog eats something they shouldn’t, but try not to panic. In most cases, they will be just fine and will pass the jewelry without any problems. If you’re concerned, call your vet and follow their advice. With a little care, you and your dog will get through this just fine.
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