My dog ate a tampon


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I have a gross problem/question. My yorkie decided that he needed to eat a tampon this morning. Will he be able to pass it? I'm very worried and grossed out at the same time. Thank you for your help.

Karri H.


Hi there, Oh boy. This can be a problem, especially in a small breed dog like a Yorkie.

The problem is that they can't digest the tampon and it has the potential to get stuck as it tires to move through the intestines. I've seen several dogs over the years go to surgery to have tampons removed form their intestines. If your dog was a Great Dane, it may not be a problem but in a little Yorkie, this could cause a gastrointestinal foreign body that requires surgery.

This is what I generally recommend. If your dog has eaten this within the past hour or so, I recommend that we try to induce vomiting. Call your local veterinarian or veterinary emergency clinic for advice. We often advice clients to induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide or have them come in and we induce vomiting with drugs that work well such as apomorphine.

If your dog doesn't vomit it up, they may want to do x-rays to see if they can see it and possibly use a fiber optic endoscope to see if it is still in the stomach and try to remove it by that method. .

Also, you might find this article helpful- Gastrointestinal Foreign Bodies. It talks about signs to watch for and may answer many of your questions. Another article that might be helpful is Endoscopy to Remove Foreign Bodies in Dogs.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.