We’ve been wondering why our dogs are eating strange, unorthodox food things. It doesn’t matter if it’s dirt, grass or Poop, dogs appear to be enthralled by eating items that we find bizarre funny, hilarious, or completely repellant. My face was swollen with an expression of dismay and disgust at the thought “Why do dogs eat tampons?” Whatever it appeared to me, the practice is not uncommon and is not exclusive to feminine hygiene products.
Why does my dog eat used tampons?
I know the annoyance people experience when they go to their bathroom and discover an unclean mess in the area that is the usual place for the trash bin. It is only imagining the horror that would be felt when a trashed itemthat has been contaminated by human waste, whether it’s a diaper prophylacticnapkin, or sanitary napkin hanging between teeth of a dog, or is found in the stool of a dog. There is a reason for this, and it’s not just boredom and lack of exercise or extreme malnutrition, there’s no definitive reason for why dogs eat food items.
In the case of diapers whether infant or adult canine coprophagia, which is called the desire to eat poop, has been well documented. If your dog is known for eating feces when out in public and is prone to doing so, a visit to the veterinarian, nutritionist or trainer can help deter her from this habit. If the object that is consumed is something similar to a condom or maxi pad, which are items your dog is not likely to be exposed to when in the pet park then the reason is likely not related to diet or behavior-related, but rather instinctual.
Two sense organs that which dogs have access to at birth include the tongue and the nose. The sense of taste and smell are powerful tools for experiencing. Humans might be able to touch or bring an object to their eyes in order to study the object thoroughly. In dogs, intimate information is acquired through sniffing biting and tasting. The majority of domestic dogs have an instinctive desire that was passed down from their lupine predecessors to identify a fresh scent and then ingest every scent.
They are both naturally hunters as well as skilled scavengers. This is the one that draws them to strong odors of degradation and effluvia. If the smell of bodily fluids or any kind is detected in the nose it is best to trust your dog to go after the source and evaluate its value, whether as a pet toy or food source. Teeth floss, dental floss diapers, moist towels, and tampons. Not a single object in the bathroom’s trash can is immune.
What happens when a dog eats a tampon?
In the absence of a major evolution the dogs will always be able to consume food items that should not. In contrast to fecal matter and the red clay or even random grassy tufts the use of tampons, maxi pads condoms, sanitary napkins disposable diapers, and any other item belonging to us which are found in our bathrooms are a major threat to the health of dogs. For example the tampon that has strings attached that is buried in the dog’s digestive tract can become stuck. When it sways around in stomach, the string may act as an axe, cutting through the tissues of the esophagus colon, or small intestine.
If the product is that is advertised as super absorbent, those very same elements that make it a powerful personal hygiene product could cause an unimaginable mess in the dog’s digestive tract. The more absorbent the pad or tampon is, the larger area it can take up in a pet’s digestive tract. If it is entangled within the small intestine and expand to its maximum capacity the risk is not just depriving a dog of fluids as well as causing an intestinal obstruction. A tampon that is swollen can prevent food that has been partially digested from going on its normal journey. Similar blockages can result due to the ingestion of condoms or diapers.
What symptoms should you look out for?
If you suspect that your dog has eaten a personal hygiene item, I recommend keeping track of your dog’s feces over the following 48 days. If the item is in good condition and hasn’t taken in too much fluid , or was stuck in the process and is not a problem to pass through the dog’s stool during this time. If there is a blockage and you are concerned, keep an eye out for sudden shifts in the behavior of your pet, or eating habits. Dogs with an intestinal obstruction could experience:
- Appetite loss
- Trouble urinating or constipation
- Multiple attempts to vomit
- Acute stomach or abdominal pain
What to do if your dog eats a tampon
In the first place, don’t get yourself into a state of panic. If you’re sure that your dog ingested the tampon, condom or diaper, be sure to monitor your dog’s excrement over the following day or two. If it isn’t cleared by itself and you start notice any of the symptoms listed above, speak with your vet.
Ultrasounds or X-rays can reveal foreign bodies lodged within the intestinal tract. The long-term effects of using a personal hygiene product stuck in the digestive tract include dehydration, tearing an intestinal wall, bleeding inside and peritonitis, which is an swelling of the abdominal wall.
Does your dog have a disturbing bathroom delicacy?
I was unsure, when I started to research this article, if certain breeds or types of dog is more likely to become a litter thief. Contrarily, in essays written by veterinarians to the comments posted on message boards left by concerned pet owners there was no clear pattern. From puppy to senior dogs and from small breeds to large breeds as well as the Australian Shepherd to Pugs and even Pugs, they appear to be equally attracted. Even cats are drawn to evidence of bodily waste.
If your bathroom’s trash container has no cover, you might want to consider buying an additional one that has the capacity of a lid that is heavy. It is important to secure the door to the toilet when you leave your home for any length of time. We at Dogster we’re well-aware of our dogs’ niggles. If you look around, Internet messages boards and forums regarding pets eating tampons, in particular will reveal a myriad of comments that are akin to shameful shaming of the period which we’ll not have here. Dogs aren’t “bad” for following biological requirements or for not being an unfit dog owner in the event of not covering the trash can in the bathroom.