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What should you do if your dog eats a silica gel packet?


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November 11, 2013 9:19PM

You should keep a very close eye on your dog - the silica gel packets are designed to pull moisture out of the packaging to protect the product inside. When your dog eats the packet, the silica will absorb as much liquid as possible from the mouth and stomach and swell to its largest size (which isn't much bigger than the original packet). This can cause an upset stomach or nausea in most dogs, but in the smallest of dogs (or in dogs that eat multiple packets) in some cases it can cause a stomach or intestinal obstruction. Signs of this would include unproductive vomiting (retching but not really throwing anything up), diarrhea, abdominal pain, decreased energy and increased respiratory rate. If you see these signs, take your dog to a veterinarian immediately; otherwise, your dog will probably pass the packet on his own.