Dog Ate Earring? What to Do if Dog Swallowed Earring [+How to Prevent!]

Dog ate an earring? It’s certainly scary, but don’t worry! This article will teach you what to do if your dog swallowed an earring so you can be sure they’re safe, and of course also how you can prevent it from happening again in the future. We’re also going to teach you the signs to look for in case you’re unsure if it’s happened or not.

We’ll explain the health concerns associated with a dog swallowing an earring, including whether they can safely pass a stud earring and how long that might take. We’ll then delve into the special considerations when you’re dealing with a puppy. Keep reading!

Dog Ate Earring

Dog Ate Earring

If your dog ate an earring, it’s important to act quickly and cautiously. Ingesting jewelry poses risks of choking, internal injury, or blockages, depending on the size and material of the earring. Contact your veterinarian right away and do not induce vomiting unless directed to do so, as this can cause additional complications.

My Dog Ate an Earring, What Do I Do?

If your dog ate an earring, immediately check their mouth to ensure there are no remaining pieces that could cause further harm. Avoid trying to retrieve any swallowed parts on your own, as this could cause injury.

Contact your vet immediately, as they may need an X-ray to determine if the earring is in a location that could cause internal damage or if it can pass naturally.

Signs Your Dog Ate an Earring

Signs that your dog ate an earring include coughing, gagging, drooling, pawing at the mouth, or signs of discomfort. If the earring causes internal irritation or blockage, symptoms like vomiting, lack of appetite, lethargy, or abdominal pain may occur. Watch your dog closely for these signs.

How to Prevent Dog Eating Earrings

To prevent your dog from eating earrings, consider the following steps:

  1. Always store earrings and other small jewelry items in closed containers or drawers out of your dog’s reach.
  2. Train your dog with the ‘leave it’ command. Begin by holding a treat in a closed fist. When your dog stops trying to get the treat and moves away, say ‘leave it’, open your hand, and reward them. Gradually progress to practicing with objects on the floor.
  3. Provide plenty of appropriate chew toys to keep them occupied and less interested in small items.
  4. Regularly check the floor and furniture for any small items that may have fallen and could be tempting to your dog.

Your dog swallowing an earring requires immediate attention and often veterinary intervention. Training and proper storage can help prevent these dangerous situations, but it’s important to remember that the underlying behavioral issues (curiosity, anxiety, boredom, etc.) that were causing all of this to begin with will still be present.

And until you address those, any positive changes you see will only be temporary.

“Well, how do I make these changes last?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like your dog eating earrings and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about your dog eating jewelry ever again!

Dog Swallowed Earring: Health Concerns

Dog Swallowed Earring

If your dog swallowed an earring, there are risks of internal injury, blockage, or metal poisoning (depending on the material). Contact your vet immediately to determine the best course of action. The size and type of the earring, along with the dog’s size and health condition, will be factors in the potential impact on their health.

Can a Dog Pass a Stud Earring?

Whether a dog can pass a stud earring naturally depends on several factors, including the size of the earring and the dog. Smaller earrings may pass through a dog’s digestive system without causing harm. However, there’s always a risk of internal injury or blockage.

Watch your dog for signs of discomfort, vomiting, or changes in bowel movements. Contact your veterinarian right away if you notice anything unusual. Learn the command that will help you prevent future incidents by going back to the first section now.

My Dog Ate My Earring: How Long to Pass?

The time it takes for a dog to pass an earring can vary. Typically, it may take 10-24 hours for an item to pass through a dog’s digestive system. However, this timeframe can differ based on the dog’s size, the earring’s size and shape, and the dog’s overall health.

If you don’t see the earring passed in the stool within a couple of days, or if the dog shows signs of distress, contact your veterinarian.

Puppy Swallowed Earring

If a puppy swallows an earring, the situation can be more critical due to their smaller size and more delicate digestive systems. Puppies are also more prone to chewing and swallowing non-food items (even tape or batteries). Contact your vet immediately to prevent any potential complications such as intestinal blockage or internal injury.

In summary, a dog or puppy swallowing an earring is a serious concern that requires close monitoring and potentially veterinary intervention. While some earrings may pass without issue, there’s always a risk of complications. Immediate veterinary advice is very important to ensure the safety and health of your dog.

I’m sure you’re ready to begin now that you have all of your questions about your dog eating your earring answered, so I’ll let you get started on things. Good luck, and thanks for taking a look at our article “Dog Ate Earring? What to Do if Dog Swallowed Earring [+How to Prevent!]”.

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.