Dogs are the ultimate advocates for being constantly fed– no matter the time or place.
So, whenever they smell something scrumptious but aren’t being given the opportunity to savor even a small amount, they’re prone to retaliate by taking a big Chomp out of whatever’s been left on the windowsill.
They can also swallow the foil and wax paper wrapped in the pastry, which can cause collateral injury to the food target.
If the above scenario has eerily played out in reality for you in recent days and had you wondering, “My dog ate wax paper! Will it die?”
Well, I’m glad to say it’s probably destiny that’s brought you straight to the right place!
In most cases, wax papers should pass easily through the stomach.
The paper is non-toxic and will not cause any short-term or long-term health problems.
Canine canine interactions are not as difficult as people think.They are, however, very serious.) choking and intestinal blockage. Some waxes or types of wax may be allergic to some dogs.
Although your pup should be fine in the majority of cases, it never hurts to contact a vet or an animal hotline if you have any concerns at all for your dog’s health.
What is wax paper?
Wax paper refers paper that has been coated using food-grade wax. It is water-proof.
Paraffin wax is the most common wax, but some products may be made with beeswax or soybean wax.
Wax paper is water repellent and can be used for many purposes in the kitchen.
These can be used as wraps for spreads (commonly butter or margarine), to cover countertops for kneading bread, and as a base layer in pastries like cherry pie.
The wax used to make wax papers is safe for the environment.It makes sense, as its primary purpose is food preparation.Both to dogs as well as to humans.
This means that dogs who eat wax paper pose the greatest health risk to their health.
Is Wax Paper Digestible?
Canine stomach acids are sulphurous. They have been shown to be capable in breaking down most dog foods. It is however not capable of breaking down wax paper.
Both the wax and paper components can both be digested, but they should not pose any toxic problems unless your dog has an allergy to wax.
The undigested material can move easily through the digestive system and out into the feces, or get stuck and cause blockages.
Why do dogs eat wax papers?
Dogs can be very curious about foods that aren’t normally eaten. It isThey often have an explanation.
If you walk in on your dog eating wax paper, it could be possible that they are merely seeking attention or entranced by the paper’s scent.
It’s also plausible that the coated wax- or the other ingredients which were placed on top of the paper- has made the parchment itself smell like a delicious treat.
Your dog might be exploratory and seek out new things. This behavior can be reduced by providing toys and games for your dog that stimulate their mind as well as their bodies.
Others may simply be hungry and need food before they can continue with the next activity.
To curb their appetite so that they don’t attack the nearest piece of wax paper, it may be a good idea to provide some treats between meals to satiate their hunger.
Alternatively, establish more frequent scheduled meal times to ensure your dog isn’t feeling famished for extended periods!
Pica is a medical condition which can cause dogs to eat wax paper and other inedible objects (like AirPods). Additional monitoring and treatment will be required for this condition.
Pica is an eating disorder where the dog will eat almost everything. It doesn’t matter what its nutritional or flavor value is.
Pica can be caused from a variety factors, including hormonal imbalances, poor diet, neurological diseases, and medications like prednisone.
Click here for more information about pica, and what you can to do to treat it.
What would happen if a dog ate butter wrappers
You’ll be glad to know that in most cases, nothing would happen at all.
In the majority of situations, the wax paper should smoothly pass through the digestive system and into the dog’s feces within the span of a few days.
It can sometimes cause problems in bowel movement, but it is usually temporary and harmless.
In fact, ingestion of wax paper is usually so benign that you’ll probably even forget that your dog had eaten pieces of the material!
Your dog’s size and the size of the paper will likely cause problems.
(The Sum(The importance of the area is significantly lower than that of the amount of paper consumed.
Logically, a small amount paper will make it less likely that a dog will choke or become intestinally blocked.
In the reverse direction, dogs of smaller sizes are more likely to become choking and have intestinal obstruction.
In rare cases, dogs can react differently to different types wax. Beeswax and soybean oil can be tolerated better than paper made from paraffin wax.
Let’s summarize: If your dog ate wax paper, there could be four routes.
1. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. The wax paper has been expelled from the digestive tract and is now as harmless as when it entered.
2. If the paper becomes stuck or becomes choking, you will need to take immediate action.
3. Vomiting, which takes out the waxed material.
4. Impediment of the digestive system, which leads to intestinal blockage– requiring emergency measures.
Consumption and use of foreign materials such as wax paper or AirPods [FFC3]It can cause bowel movements changes, but it should not be fatal.
1. Nothing happens
That’s the sweet sound of, well, Nothing It happened within a matter of hours after your dog discovered it was waxing its skin on wax paper.
What will usually happen is that the paper will quickly soften within the intestinal tract, while the wax component helps to ease the material’s path through the digestive system.
If your dog has also tore the paper apart before swallowing it, it is unlikely that it will have any intestinal obstruction or choke.
The wax parchment should be eliminated naturally by your dog’s feces within the next two days.
This means that you must inspect your dog’s poop after every potty break in order to make sure that no paper was ingested.
There are several foods- such as canned pumpkin and fiber supplements- which can help to promote bowel movement and increase the speed at which the paper appears in your dog’s stool!
Sometimes dogs can choke if they swallow pieces of wax paper.
Because of its imporing and somewhat adherent characterParticularly after coming in direct contact with moistureWax paper can cause a stuck-on sensation in the throat.
This can cause the dog to cough or gag to try and get rid of the foreign material.
You should quickly intervene if your dog is making strange movements after eating a piece waxed paper.
Other signs of choking include:
Because they have smaller airways chewing foreign objects can cause choking problems in smaller dogs.
It is more likely to happen if a large piece of paper or a whole sheet of paper is consumed quickly.
It is important to immediately remove any material that may be causing your dog to become unconscious or choking. This will prevent asphyxiation.
Sometimes your dog might be able throw up wax paper pieces it has ingested.
The pooch may vomit if the foreign material has not reached the digestive track.
You might notice signs like gagging and coughing as your dog attempts to forcefully remove the paper.
You should inspect your dog’s vomit to see if it has ingested any of the original nutrients.
In some cases, a professional may advise you to induce vomiting. This should be done within 30 seconds of swallowing the waxepaper.
4. Intestinal Obstruction
In rare cases, intestinal obstruction can occur in dogs that have eaten wax paper.
It is possible for foreign material to get stuck in the digestive tract and cause problems with bowel movements.
This could be a sign that your dog doesn’t poop after eating or that the poop is smaller than usual.
Internal blockages are more common if the wax is too large or your dog is smaller that the piece.
Smaller breeds and puppies are more likely to have intestinal obstruction due to eating unsuitable items.These include the much-maligned rawhide strips.
There are many signs that indicate intestinal obstruction.
- A lackluster appetite
- Abnormal behavior, such as a stubbornness to leave or staying in the same place.
- Difficulty defecating
These signs may be visible to your dog. You should seek professional assistance immediately.
Endoscopy or surgery may be necessary depending on the severity of symptoms, the amount of ingested papers and the severity of symptoms.
If the obstruction is not treated, it can lead to a gastrointestinal perforation. This is where the stomach contents spill out onto the surrounding tissues.
Although this condition can be life-threatening, it is very rare. The treatment is often available before the issues get worse.
It is important to get treatment as soon as possible due to the possibility of death. This will reduce the cost of treatment as well as improve the prognosis.
What to do if your dog likes wax papers?
After learning that your dog ate wax paper, there are several things you can do.
These steps include checking your dog for signs and symptoms of choking, calling the vet, and keeping an eye on him for the next few days.
To avoid future problems, it is important to dispose of any foreign objects.
If you are unsure about what to do, don’t hesitate to contact a veterinarian.
1. Monitor for Choking
Choking can be the cause for your dog’s unusual behavior after eating wax papers.
Choking is a serious problem and requires immediate attention.
Open your pooch’s mouth and see if you can locate the foreign item. It is possible to safely remove it without the need for any sharp or lengthy-handled tools.
If this is the situation, you may need the Heimlich Manoeuvre performed or your best friend taken to the nearest vet immediately.
You should, if possible, identify the amount of paper used as well as any potentially hazardous substances.
This will help you decide how much paper you should expect to find in their vomit/feces. It also tells you if further actions are necessary.
You can continue to the next step if your dog seems to be doing well.
2. Contact a vet, animal hotline or a veterinary clinic
Contact your vet immediately, or the animal hotline if you are unable to.
You should inform them about the breed, age, and weight of your dog, as well any signs. These will help determine the best level and frequency for treatment.
The vet might ask you to monitor your pet at home, and inspect the poop for any signs of paper.
They may ask you to bring your pet in for a thorough physical exam. Once at the vet’s clinic, the procedure of induced vomiting may be carried out.
Inducing vomiting should only be done by a professional. In some cases, your vet might recommend you do the procedure at home.
If your dog has had the wax paper for a shorter time than 30 minutes, inducing vomiting should not occur.
After 30 minutes, the foreign matter has already reached your digestive tract. To bring it back up, you can’t induce vomiting.
You can make it easier for your dog’s to vomit by giving it a few bites before you induce vomiting. You can also temporarily protect your dog’s inner walls against acidic bile if you give them plain food.
These steps can be used to infuse vomiting in your pet after you have been approved by your vet.
1. You should give your dog 3% hydrogen peroxide at a rate 5mL per 10 lbs (approximately half of a teaspoon).
2. Encourage your dog to move around and mix hydrogen peroxide with its food.
3. If your dog doesn’t vomit after 10 minutes, provide a second dose.
4. Unless you are advised by your veterinarian to do otherwise, keep the doses to a maximum of two. You may be allowed to give the go ahead for a third and final dosage in these cases.
If your dog doesn’t vomit- or if they do throw up but the wax paper does not reappear- ask for further advice from your vet.
Again, if it has been more than 30 minutes since your dog ate the wax paper, the vet may advise you to take the ‘wait and see’ approach instead as the foreign material may simply be naturally excreted over the coming days.
3. Keep an eye out for your dog over the next two days
Over the next 48 to 72 hours, the wax paper may eventually find its way into your dog’s poop.
You will need to examine your dog’s feces carefully to be certain that all the pieces of paper have been removed from its system.
Your vet might recommend a bland diet with rice, chicken or beef to stimulate bowel movement.
A plain diet will help to ease the load on the dog’s digestive system. To ensure that the food passes through the intestinal tract smoothly and safely, the paper will be wrapped around it.
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It is important to monitor for unusual behavior and signs of pain in the coming days. This could be a sign that they may have an intestinal obstruction.
The best treatment for an intestinal obstruction is the ().That’s all.The best thing to do is to take your pet to the vet immediately.
Obstruction caused by eating foreign materials can require surgical removal, but if the object is small and benign enough (like I’d imagine wax paper to be) an endoscopy could also be an appropriate option to dislodge the wax paper.
How to stop your dog nibbling on wax paper
Keep your dog away from potentially dangerous objects to prevent them from eating foreign objects.
If the reason for your dog’s fascination with inedible objects is boredom, a good way to preoccupy its time and attention is by giving it chew toys and puzzle games.
Avoid giving your dog small branches to chew on. There is a high risk of injury and the branch may have been treated with chemicals or pesticides.
There is a better choice: Wooden-like chew toys. Click this link to learn more.
It is highly recommended that you install locks on garbage cans and cupboards. It is best to make it a two-step procedure before opening any containers. This will deter light-pawed offenders.
Encourage your human household members and to make sure that your dog doesn’t have easy access to any items left on the ground.They don’t have to dig through poop every single day for the next few weeks, of course!
With a combination of a healthy diet, sufficient mental and physical stimulation, and proper behavioral guidance, you’ll see that your pup will no longer feel the need to eat or chew on everything in sight!
Rather than actually being helpful and assisting you when baking bread or crafting pies, it’s much more common to find a dog helping themselves to the wax paper you placed on the countertop.
Thankfully, wax paper is non-toxic and also shouldn’t cause any issues on that front. However, you should be aware of the possibility of intestinal blockage or choking.
It is admittedly very rare for dogs to experience any problems unless they’ve swallowed a large piece of paper, or if the dog is smaller in size and therefore has narrower airways and digestive tract.
In most situations, the ingested wax paper should appear in your dog’s feces within the next 2-3 days.
You can make your dog happy by identifying the problem quickly and performing the necessary procedures to prevent it becoming worse.
In the future, always make sure to implement proper preventative measures so that your dog doesn’t have the opportunity to try out any other foreign materials!
Jessica Adams is the owner of two dogs, one cat and an avid blogger. She has always loved animals and her love for them only grows as she learns more about how to care for them properly. Jessica loves sharing all sorts of information with pet owners – from animal nutrition to medication, toys to beds, everything in between.
She’s also a writer who pours herself into every project she takes on – so you can be sure that when you read her blog posts or articles you’re getting the best there is!