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My Dog Ate a Band Aid: (When This Is An Emergency)

Oh no, your dog has gobbled up a band aid! That’s not exactly part of their balanced diet, right? It’s easy to panic in such situations, but don’t worry just yet.

We’ll walk you through everything you need to know and do when your furry friend decides band aids are a delicacy.

If your dog eats a band aid, it’s usually not a cause for immediate concern. Monitor their behavior, feces, and consult your vet for advice while expecting the band aid to pass naturally within 24 to 48 hours.

If you notice difficult breathing or choking then this will require immediate veterinary assistance.

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Is This an Emergency?

Understanding whether your dog eating a band aid constitutes an emergency can be crucial. Here’s the lowdown:

In most cases, a dog swallowing a band aid is not an immediate emergency. Their strong digestive system will usually process and expel the foreign object without any harm.

However, certain signs may indicate that the situation has become more serious, and immediate veterinary attention is required.

These include:

  • Your dog is choking or having difficulty breathing.
  • You observe signs of a blockage such as loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy, or abdominal pain.
  • There are signs of distress or discomfort like pacing, drooling, whining, or changes in behavior.

In any of these scenarios, it’s best to treat the situation as an emergency and seek immediate veterinary care.

Also, if your dog swallowed a band aid and you’re unsure about what to do, it never hurts to call your vet for advice.

What To Do If Your Dog Ate a Band Aid?

First things first: try to remain calm. While it’s certainly not an ideal situation, it’s also not an immediate catastrophe. Now, the steps you should follow:

  1. Assess the situation: Check if your dog is choking or showing any signs of distress. This might include coughing, pawing at the mouth, or labored breathing. If this is the case, seek immediate veterinary attention.
  2. Monitor your dog: If they aren’t showing signs of immediate distress, the next step is observation. Keep a close eye on their behavior, eating, and waste elimination. Look for changes in their appetite or irregularities in their feces, such as the appearance of the band aid or signs of discomfort during excretion.
  3. Call the vet: Even if your dog appears perfectly fine, it’s a good idea to give your vet a call. They’ll be able to provide you with specific advice and may recommend you to bring your pet in for a check-up.

What Will Happen To The Dog

Most likely, your dog will be absolutely fine.

Dogs have pretty robust digestive systems that can handle non-food items from time to time. If your dog’s digestive system works as it should, they will naturally pass the band aid within a day or two.

You might even find the remains in their stool, which is a good sign that the foreign object has exited their system.

However, in some cases, the band aid could potentially cause a blockage in their digestive tract. This is more common in smaller breeds who’ve swallowed a larger band aid.

Signs of a blockage include sudden loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy, and abdominal pain. If your pet exhibits these symptoms, it’s time to contact your vet immediately.

How Long For a Dog To Pass a Band Aid?

While it can be nerve-wracking wondering when (or if) that band aid will make its reappearance, it’s important to have an approximate timeframe in mind.

Typically, a dog’s digestive system works quite efficiently. You can usually expect the band aid to pass through your dog’s system and appear in their poop within 24 to 48 hours after ingestion.

However, this can vary depending on factors such as your dog’s size, metabolism rate, and the size of the band aid.

Remember, it’s not always easy to spot the band aid in your dog’s poop, particularly if it’s a small band aid or if your dog has a habit of eating other non-food items.

If you notice any changes in your dog’s feces, such as diarrhea, unusually dark or bloody stool, or signs of discomfort during excretion, reach out to your vet. Similarly, if the band aid hasn’t made its exit after 48 hours, it’s a good idea to contact your vet for advice.

What Problems Can This Cause

While it’s likely that your pet will pass the band aid without any issues, it’s worth understanding the potential complications, albeit rare, that could arise:

  • Gastrointestinal Blockage: This is the most serious issue. If the band aid gets stuck and causes a blockage, this could be life-threatening and requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Choking: Although less likely, your dog could choke on the band aid if it’s swallowed whole and lodges in the throat. This would cause immediate distress and requires urgent veterinary care.
  • Allergic Reaction: It’s possible, though unlikely, that your dog could have an allergic reaction to the adhesive or other materials in the band aid.
  • Infection: If your dog managed to swallow a band aid that was used to cover a wound, there’s a chance that they could get an infection from any bacteria that was present.


How long will it take for my dog to pass a band aid?

Typically, it should take between 24 to 48 hours. If it hasn’t passed within a couple of days, it’s time to consult your vet.

Should I try to make my dog vomit the band aid?

No, inducing vomiting could cause more harm than good. It’s best to seek advice from your vet before taking any actions like this.

What should I feed my dog after they have eaten a band aid?

You can continue to feed your dog as normal, but you might want to add a little canned pumpkin (not the pie mix!) to their food. This can help bulk up their stool and aid in passing the band aid.

Is there a way to prevent my dog from eating non-food items in the future?

Yes, try to keep small objects out of your dog’s reach and provide plenty of appropriate chew toys. Training your dog to “leave it” or “drop it” can also be beneficial.

Final Thoughts

The unexpected dietary choice of your dog eating a band aid may give you quite a scare, but remember that it’s usually not a cause for immediate alarm.

Observation is crucial, and it’s always best to consult with your vet to ensure your pet’s safety. Preventative measures should also be taken to avoid such incidents in the future.

In most cases, our furry friends will pass the foreign object naturally. However, familiarize yourself with the signs of distress and complications.

After all, your vigilance is an essential part of your pet’s health. Stay prepared, and keep those band aids out of snout’s reach!


Before making any decisions that could affect the health and/or safety of your dog, you should always consult a trained veterinarian in your local area. Even though this content may have been written/reviewed by a trained veterinarian, our advice to you is to always consult your own local veterinarian in person. Please read our full dislcaimer if you have any questions.