Gastrointestinal foreign bodies in dogs
A gastrointestinal foreign body is something swallowed that is unable to pass normally out of the ‘gastrointestinal tract’ (which includes the stomach and intestines). Dogs are naturally curious and playful and like to put strange things in their mouth to play with or to eat. Some dogs are very greedy and any dog that thinks it is under threat of having a tasty bit of food taken away from it may swallow something without chewing properly. Dogs that scavenge are at particular risk of picking up and swallowing something they should not eat. Often scavenging merely results in an upset tummy but sometimes something a scavenger eats may get stuck. This is a potentially very serious condition and if you think your pet may have an obstruction in its intestines you should contact your vet immediately.