My Dog Ate A Latex Glove (What Should I Do?!)

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Finding out your dog has swallowed a latex glove can be worrying. It is important to know what to do if this happens because your dog’s health could be at risk.

Latex isn’t chemically toxic to dogs but the physical risks such as blockage and choking can pose significant dangers.

If the glove reaches the stomach, it may not pass easily, risking internal blockage, indicated by restlessness, diarrhea and loss of appetite.

Immediate actions include assessing the situation, avoiding inducing vomiting unless advised by a vet and seeking veterinary assistance to determine the best course of action.

In this article, we will look at the potential dangers if your dog eats a latex glove and what you should do about it.

Is Latex Toxic To Dogs?

Latex is made from the sap of rubber trees and is used in many products for its durability and flexibility.

The good news is that latex itself is not highly toxic to dogs in a chemical sense.

However, the primary concern with ingesting latex is not chemical toxicity but the physical risks it poses, such as gastrointestinal blockage and choking.

The Risk Of Choking

Latex gloves come in varying sizes and thicknesses. Furthermore, they are not the easiest objects for a dog to swallow due to the sticky nature of rubber.

This risk of choking is a lot higher in puppies and small-sized dogs which have narrower throats.

Symptoms of a dog choking include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Drooling
  • Gagging
  • Blue mucous membranes or cyanosis
  • Frantic movements

In such emergencies, knowing how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on your dog can be lifesaving.

The Risk Of An Internal Blockage

Let’s assume that the glove passes smoothly down your dog’s throat without a hitch and ends up in its stomach.

Your dog won’t be able to fully digest the latex glove but its strong stomach acid will be able to partially melt it down.

When you apply heat to rubber, it starts to melt and turn into a gooey material. This sticky material can potentially cause an internal blockage by adhering to the dog’s digestive tract.

Symptoms of an intestinal blockage include:

  • Restlessness
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive drooling
  • Rapid breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Back arching (kyphosis)
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry heaving

An intestinal blockage is a very serious medical issue for your dog. It can cause stomach bloat which can be fatal for many dogs when the stomach folds onto itself.

Most gastrointestinal obstructions need to be resolved with surgery as the blockage is far too deep within your dog’s digestive tract.

Can My Dog Pass Out The Latex Glove?

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The possibility of a dog passing a latex glove through its digestive system depends on several factors.

  • Size Of The Dog: Larger dogs have wider gastrointestinal tracts, which might allow them to pass small pieces of latex more easily than smaller dogs.
  • Amount Of Latex Glove Ingested: A whole glove poses a greater risk of causing an obstruction compared to small pieces.
  • Digestive Health: Dogs with healthy digestive systems are more likely to pass foreign objects.

What Should I Do If My Dog Ate A Latex Glove?

Assess The Situation

Try to determine how much of the glove was eaten and when it happened. Knowing these details can help the vet assess the risk level.

Check For Immediate Danger

Observe your dog for signs of choking or distress, such as difficulty breathing, pawing at the mouth or excessive drooling.

Do Not Induce Vomiting Unless Instructed

Inducing vomiting without your vet’s approval can cause more harm than good. Certain situations or conditions may make vomiting dangerous for your dog.

Contact Your Veterinarian

Call your vet immediately even if your dog seems fine. Describe what happened and follow their advice. They may instruct you to monitor your dog at home or bring them in for an examination.

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