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my dog ate a latex surgical glove last night,...

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26 Nov 2021

my dog ate a latex surgical glove last night, and he has IBS already. The thrown up both his breakfast and his lunch two hours after he ate. will this pass through him?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How much of the glove did the dog eat? Do you know his weight?
Customer: he ate the entire glove. he's about 50 pounds, a black lab. a little over one year old
JA: The Expert will know if the dog will be okay to digest the glove. What's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Nash. hes; about 15 Months old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: He's recently had intensintal surgery. Cost me $7000. we though he had a blockage, but the exploratory surgery didn't identify a blockage
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26 Nov 2021

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Dog Specialist's response
26 Nov 2021
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

Hello, this is Dr. Linda & thanks for contacting JustAnswer.  I hope I can assist with your concerns today.

I am so sorry for your worries with Nash.  This is concerning because he vomiting after every meal.  This could indicate that the glove may be stuck in the upper part of his gastrointestinal tract.  Is he drinking & able to hold down water?

26 Nov 2021
Customer reply
26 Nov 2021
He's drinking water yes. Seems to be ok with water holding down. But he vomited both breakfast and lunch almost two hours after eating. Otherwise he's acting fine
26 Nov 2021
Customer reply
26 Nov 2021
He's outside playing with our other lab now like nothing is wrong, but there's times when he's inside that he doesn't look right
26 Nov 2021
Customer reply
26 Nov 2021
I dont want to induce vomiting because of his intestinal history
26 Nov 2021
Customer reply
26 Nov 2021
Let just communicate this way for now
26 Nov 2021
Dog Specialist's response
26 Nov 2021
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

Good on the water.  This is what I would try.  Do not feed him anything else until his evening meal, no snacks, treats, etc.  When you are ready to feed him,  I would like you to take 1 tablespoon of his food & mix it with 1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin ( not pie filling ).  Wait 2 hours, & if he holds this down, give him another tablespoon each of his food & the pumpkin.

You absolutely do not want to induce vomiting because he has already done this himself, twice.  Obviously the glove is no longer in his stomach.

If he vomits after each tiny meal, then I am afraid he most likely6 will need to be seen by your veterinarian.

Please reply with any additional questions you may have.

26 Nov 2021
Customer reply
26 Nov 2021
Ok thank you. I will give it a try.
26 Nov 2021
Customer reply
26 Nov 2021
ok I will give it a try. Thank you
26 Nov 2021
Dog Specialist's response
26 Nov 2021
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

You are so welcome!

If Nash can hold down the two small meals, then no more food for today.  In the morning, try feeding a little more food, maybe 1/2 cup with the table spoon of pumpkin.  If he keeps this down, then just feed him this amount with the pumpkin for his lunch & dinner.  I might continue this through Sunday.  On Monday, if he is still holding his food down, then I would try feeding his regular amount of food & hopefully he would have passed the glove by now.

Is there anything else I might help with at this time?

26 Nov 2021
Customer reply
26 Nov 2021
No. I will try this and pray it works. This poor pup has been through so much. In addition he's not allowed outside without a muzzle. But I made a mistake last night and left the gloves in reach and he got one. Thank you for your help
26 Nov 2021
Customer reply
26 Nov 2021
Can I contact you again through this number if needed?
26 Nov 2021
Dog Specialist's response
26 Nov 2021
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

Yes, this window will remain open to you for several days, so do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything else I might help with.

Poor Nash.  Hopefully he will outgrow this behavior at some point soon.

Take care & all the best to Nash.

26 Nov 2021
Customer reply
26 Nov 2021
Thank you
26 Nov 2021
Dog Specialist's response
26 Nov 2021
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

My pleasure!

26 Nov 2021
Customer reply
28 Nov 2021
Hi Dr Linda
Nash is eating small portions of food. Doesn’t like the pumpkin anymore, so we are back to dry kibble. He hasn’t thrown up today and has pooped twice. This morning and tonight, but no latex glove has passed through. He seems fine, but a little more tired than usual. Still playful and eager to eat. Holding down water fine. We are going on vacation next Thursday. Should I be concerned if the glove doesn’t pass through? Thanks
28 Nov 2021
Dog Specialist's response
28 Nov 2021
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

The problem with these types of ingestions is unless you really pick through the feces, you may not notice if the glove already has come through.  As long as he seems fine, he may still pass the glove, too.  And, if he has no problems by Thursday, then I would really  think Nash  is  out of the woods.  The best news is he is eating & there has been no vomiting, so all seems good so far.  You will just need to give this another day or so.

28 Nov 2021
Customer reply
28 Nov 2021
Thank you. I appreciate it
28 Nov 2021
Dog Specialist's response
28 Nov 2021
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

You are so welcome.  Please let me know how things go over the next few days.

28 Nov 2021
Customer reply
28 Nov 2021
I will. Thanks
28 Nov 2021
Dog Specialist's response
28 Nov 2021
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

My pleasure!

28 Nov 2021
Customer reply
28 Nov 2021
Hi Dr Linda
My wife fed Nash almost normal portion of food this morning and he threw it up a few hours later. He seemed good in the small meals. He did poop this morning again. What would you suggest? Keep trying small meals or should we take him to be seen? thanks
28 Nov 2021
Dog Specialist's response
28 Nov 2021
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

Definitely stay with the small meals.  Perhaps the glove is still trying to work its way through, but it is never, ever a bad idea to have Nash evaluated.  I really wanted to keep him on the smaller meals throughout today, so stick with that a while longer.  Was his bowel movement this morning a fairly normal size  & consistency for him?

28 Nov 2021
Customer reply
28 Nov 2021
Bowel movements have been normal in texture but a little smaller in volume because he wasn't eating as much.
28 Nov 2021
Dog Specialist's response
28 Nov 2021
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

OK, that is good.  So stick with the plan for today & see how he is doing in the morning.  If you want to just try more food, ramp it up slowly for a few days first before getting back to normal amounts, but if he vomits again, it might be best to consult with your veterinarian.  Given his history of eating things, it may not be the glove at all, but something else that has irritated his gut.  He may need medications, or just a little more wait & see time.  Let me know how he does.

28 Nov 2021
Customer reply
28 Nov 2021
Ok thanks
28 Nov 2021
Dog Specialist's response
28 Nov 2021
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

No problem!

28 Nov 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
Hi Dr Linda
Just wanted to give you an update on Nash. He had surgery today and they removed the surgical glove that he ate on thanksgiving day. In addition they found a small piece of a plastic ball that he ate back in the summer. We knew he ate it and he had exploratory surgery to find it, but the vet that did that particular surgery said there was nothing there. We went to a different animal hospital this time and they found the two items. They said the plastic piece had perforated his intestines so they had to remove the about a foot of the intestine. Hopefully this is the end of his surgeries. Thanks for your help. Rich Markferding
1 Dec 2021
Dog Specialist's response
2 Dec 2021
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

Poor Nash, but glad all the garbage is out of him now.  I wonder if the piece of plastic prevented the glove from going through.  Most bigger dogs should have been able to pass the glove on its own.  I am so sorry he had to go through this, but glad that all turned out well.

All the best to Nash.

2 Dec 2021
Customer reply
2 Dec 2021
the piece of ball prevented the glove from coming out.
2 Dec 2021
Customer reply
2 Dec 2021
Had he not have swallowed the glove things courage been worse.
2 Dec 2021
Customer reply
2 Dec 2021
Thank you
2 Dec 2021
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2 Dec 2021
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

You are so welcome!

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