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Dear Daisy Dog

My dog swallowed a tampon yesterday. I gave her hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting, but she didn’t throw up the tampon. Today she seems fine.

Must I take her to the veterinarian to be checked, or may I wait to see if she develops signs of an obstruction? My veterinarian is a man, and I am embarrassed to schedule an appointment.

Daisy Responds

Grit your teeth and call your veterinarian. Mom comes home with all sorts of strange tales, so I’m sure your veterinarian has heard more embarrassing stories than yours.

If the tampon is still in your dog’s stomach, your veterinarian may be able to remove it using an endoscope.

If it’s in her intestines, surgery now is preferable to surgery after her appetite wanes, or she’s vomiting or lethargic.

By then, her intestines will be damaged, and she will be at greater risk for surgical complications.

That said, I have to admit I have swallowed some surprisingly large and absorbent items that have passed right through my gastrointestinal system. But not every dog is as lucky as I.

The prudent course is to have your veterinarian examine your dog and x-ray her abdomen. Good luck keeping a straight face.

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