Puppy got a hold of a plastic water bottle.
(Fairview heights IL )
My three month old beagle puppy got a hold of a plastic water bottle while I was in the shower. When I got out - the bottle was ripped in half and small pieces were missing. She is now breathing as if she has some sort of obstruction. She is still playful, but I can tell something is not right with her breathing.
Is there anything I can do and if not - what action will the vet take to rectify my error in judgement in not putting up the water bottle out of her reach?
Puppies chew on all sorts of things, and it's almost impossible to prevent them from getting their teeth into something forbidden at one time or another.
It's possible that your puppy tried to eat the plastic and some of it is lodged in her throat or esophagus. I'd recommend getting someone to help you hold her still while you open her mouth wide and take a good look around in there! You may be able to see what's causing the problem.
If not, a trip to the vet is in order. If your vet has an emergency number, or makes house calls, that is ideal. If not, I'd recommend finding a local 24 hour pet hospital and calling them. A veterinarian will be able to get a better look inside your pet's mouth throat, and also be able to evaluate any breathing problems.
It's always better to err on the side of safety, so although your puppy still seems playful, let a vet take a look so that any potential problems can be dealt with.
Best of luck!
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