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  1. #1
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    May. 19, 2006

    Default 2 yr old ate plastic bag - wtd?

    My 2 year old was found chewing on a plastic bag this morning. It must have blown into her paddock from the neighbors yard. We got it away from her, but it was pretty chewed up. We have no idea if she swallowed any or how much. Any ideas on what I should do at this point? Should I just watch her and hope that she passes whatever she swallowed, or should I call the vet now?
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  2. #2
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    Aug. 8, 2001
    in the tiny cottage behind three maple trees


    I'd call the vet and let him know, and see if he had any instructions for me other than to keep a close eye on her.

    Otherwise I'd just watch her very closely. Stupid babies!
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  3. #3
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    Jan. 16, 2002
    West Coast of Michigan


    Be vigilant, keep the hay going, watch the manure. It happens, and usually everything is OK.
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  4. #4
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    Jul. 28, 2004


    I found a whole mylar ballon (the wreckage of one) in a two year old's poop once. Glad I didn't see it going in, I would have paniced.

  5. #5
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    Oct. 2, 2003
    Mayerthorpe, AB


    I have had it happen, same story, it blew into the pen from the neighbors garbage being knocked over on the curb. I have also had one eat a fabric weight tape. I saw her grab it and yelled at her and I swear she slurped it up like a noodle. Time I got to her I stuffed my hand in her mouth and all I could get back was about 5 inches. Thankfully all passed through without incident.
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  6. #6
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    Dec. 14, 2007
    Wilsonville, Ontario, CANADA


    Our hay fields used to grow peppers before we bought the place and the pepper plants were covered in copious amounts of thin black plastic film

    I picked up most of it before we planted the hay fields but every cut, there is still some that finds its way into the bales - from what I missed as well as what has blown back into the field

    Most I get before the hay is fed, but when I am mucking out, I do still see the ocassional piece that I didnt get

    So far - *touch wood* all has been well and it has all passed without incident. It freaked me out in the beginning but you can only do what you can do and thats it!

  7. #7
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    Jul. 5, 2007
    Beside Myself ~ Western NY


    We once had a horse steel half a bag of peppermints, and eat them all, wrappers, bag and everything. We called the vet and he just said to watch him. He never had any ill effects.
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  8. #8
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    Nov. 27, 2009
    Gladstone, Oregon


    I found baling twine coming out of the rear on a horse I had just brought home.

    Called for advice, and was told to not pull it out, it will come out on it's own. It sure did, and my guy suffered no ill effects.

    I was a very panicked 11 year old kid....

  9. #9
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    Feb. 22, 2007


    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy's Warmbloods View Post
    I have also had one eat a fabric weight tape. I saw her grab it and yelled at her and I swear she slurped it up like a noodle. Time I got to her I stuffed my hand in her mouth and all I could get back was about 5 inches. Thankfully all passed through without incident.
    I don't have any advice for the OP, but I have to say the picture I got in my mind of a horse slurping up a weight tape like that is hilarious. I'm sure I wouldn't think so if I saw a horse actually do it, though!

  10. #10
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    Dec. 16, 2003
    Staunton, VA, USA

    Default It'll probably pass on it's own

    But keep an eye on her and the manure.

    If it's well chewed it should not cause an impaction.
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  11. #11
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    Jun. 20, 2009
    Northeast Ohio, where mud rules your world...


    wonder if the sand clear feed throughs might help it pass along? Ask the vet? and get the horse insured in case you need colic surgery!

  12. #12
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    Sep. 8, 1999
    Libertyville, IL USA


    My 4 (coming 5) year old keeps trying to eat the poly track arena footing. It is like fabric. Dumb babies. Good luck.

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