You came home and noticed something was missing in the bathroom. You come to find out your dog ate toilet paper – what are you supposed to do now? Assess the situation and keep your dog away from toilet paper and put it in a place where they cannot access it. Eating toilet paper once might not harm your dog, but there is a medical risk from eating it that you need to know about.
Why Is My Dog Eating Toilet Paper?
To us, eating toilet paper does not sound appetizing, but to dogs, eating toilet paper may be fun. Your dog may be bored and need something to do. In that case, provide a chewing alternative like a chew toy or healthy treat. Consulting with a dog trainer may prevent future toilet paper eating episodes.
Dangers of Eating Toilet Paper
Check your dog’s feces if you suspect they’re eating toilet paper but have not witnessed it. Small amounts of toilet paper may pass through your dog with no complications. It can take up to 24 hours for unwanted items to pass through your dog. Large amounts of toilet paper can cause intestinal blockages in dogs. Clinical signs of intestinal blockages are weight loss, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, or an inability to eat.
Immediately consult your vet and Pet Poison Helpline®, at (855) 764-7661, if your dog is displaying any abnormal behavior. Intestinal blockages may require surgery to remove the blockages. Surgery requires your dog to be put asleep and medications to combat pain and potential infection. Your vet will discuss the surgery process and the potential recovery time. Consult your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline® with any questions or concerns.