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My cat just ate a pin

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My cat just ate a pin
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Dr. Drew :

Eating a pin, can have some serious consequences, unfortunately.

Dr. Drew :

there are real risks of damage to the intestinal tract, including puncture, which can lead to a life threatening case of Peritonitis.

Dr. Drew :

It is not an option to induce vomiting in such a case, since that may increase the risk of puncture,

Dr. Drew :

so the options typically are to wait-and-see,

Dr. Drew :

or to seek veterinary care right away, so that an endoscope can be used to (hopefully) retrieve the pin safely from the stomach.

Dr. Drew :

if you choose to not seek veterinary care, then the signs you must watch for include loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, or lethargy.

Dr. Drew :

any of these, can be a serious sign, and will indicate that immediate action is necessary.

JACUSTOMER-d40s308r- :

do you recommend salt water to make him vomit?

Dr. Drew :

absolutely not.

Dr. Drew :

as I explained above, inducing vomiting is not an option in this case.

Dr. Drew :

and salt water is never a safe means of inducing vomiting anyway.

JACUSTOMER-d40s308r- :

is there a chance it will come out naturally?

Dr. Drew :

there's a chance, yes... but it's difficult to predict just how likely that might be.

Dr. Drew :

some veterinarians suggest feeding bulky foods to help shield the intestinal lining from being punctured,

Dr. Drew :

there's no proof that this works, but it is something to try.

Dr. Drew :

brown rice, canned pumpkin, are commonly recommended.

JACUSTOMER-d40s308r- :

if he eats bulky foods he tends to get diarrhoea, im guessing thats not good in this case?

Dr. Drew :

probably not, diarrhea would increase the amount of contractions going on in the intestine, so I'd want to avoid that if possible.

JACUSTOMER-d40s308r- :

best to sit and wait then?

Dr. Drew :

well, unless you want to have it retrieved endoscopically, which might cost several hundred dollars or more -- that's a decision only you can make.

JACUSTOMER-d40s308r- :

ok, thanks

Dr. Drew :

you are very welcome. I hope everything goes well :)

JACUSTOMER-d40s308r- :

thank you

Dr. Drew :

Poor service?

Dr. Drew :

Why did you rate my service as "poor"?

JACUSTOMER-d40s308r- :

yes, we arent really any wiser what to do

Dr. Drew :

I explained the risks, gave you options, and explained what to watch for...

JACUSTOMER-d40s308r- :

i could of got that from Yahoo answers

Expert:  Shantal-Mod replied 3 years ago.

Hello,

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Expert:  Shantal-Mod replied 3 years ago.
Hello,

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Shantal

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