Can dogs smell a woman’s period? Will my dog be OK if he ate a tampon?

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Why does my dog act weird when I’m on my period?

During period or menstrual cycle woman’s vagina develops strong rotten smell due to the presence of blood, tissues and bacteria. However, the menstrual flow odour is not so strong that others (i.e. human) can detect it. Dogs have a special sensory organ of chemoreception receptor (a patch of sensory cells within the main nasal chamber) called the vomeronasal organ, or the Jacobson’s organ. Due to this, the sense of smell in dogs is very powerful and therefore a woman on her period smells differently to the dog. It turns out the dogs which result in sniffing a woman’s crotch while she’s on her period.

My dog ate a tampon. Can a tampon kill a dog? Can a dog get sick from eating a tampon?

A tampon is designed to absorb the menstrual flow, when inserted into the vagina during menstruation. If a dog ate a used tampon, it mainly contains menstrual flow (blood, tissue and bacteria), cotton fibres and string. Since dogs are carnivorous by nature, therefore blood and tissues on the tampon won’t cause any big harm. However, the cotton fibres and string of the tampon can cause serious damage to the dog. Once swallowed, the tampons begin to absorb the gastric juices and other vital fluids in the gastrointestinal tract. This results in tampon enlargement (size and density) which leads to intestinal blockage, internal haemorrhage and sometimes death of the dog. Besides this, tampon blockages also prevent the movement of gas, fluids and food through the digestive tract. Out of various types of tampon, high absorbency tampons are highly dangerous for dogs.

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What to do when your dog eats sanitary pads?

Can a dog get a toxic shock from eating a tampon?

Toxic shock or septic shock is a potentially fatal severe infection that is caused by the release of toxins from an overgrowth of bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus, or staph. When dog swallows the used tampons, it can cause life-threatening intestinal blockage and sometimes rupture the intestines. Possibility of toxic shock from eating a tampon is particularly high with super-absorbent tampons.        

Should I induce vomiting if my dog ate a tampon?

Induction of vomiting is one of the best ways to spew out the tampon and to recover the dog quickly. However, don’t attempt to do this by your own without consulting with your vet. It is advisable that your veterinarian should perform this procedure to take out the tampon from the dog’s body. Before doing this, it is also important to know that when (tampon shouldn’t pass very far along the digestive tract) the dog ate tampon and how many tampons.

What else should I do if my dog ate tampons?

The first thing you need to do is not to panic with the situation. Try to look at how many tampons your dog ate and when. Contact your vet right away and do the things advised to you by the vet. Also, monitor your dog for possible symptoms of intestinal blockage (i.e. appetite and bowel movements). Your vet may ask you to induce the vomiting or suggest X-rays and an exam for dog appetite and bowel movements. These include:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain

How long for a dog to pass something they ate?

Usually, it depends on what kind of object the dog ate. Sometimes dog throws up the object immediately, and sometimes it takes a day or two. Sometimes the object passes out with the stool. However, it did not happen immediately and take several days or even months. Overall dogs generally takes between 10-24 hours to pass something they ate through the entire digestive tract. But if the objects are too big, unusual and cannot be digested or passed through the digestive tract they cause intestinal obstruction or blockage i.e. Tampons :).

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1 Comment

  1. I know my dog acts strange when I’m on my period and seems to want to do more sniffing, lol! My hubby thought I was nuts for thinking such things, but now I get to tell him that I was right! My dog tried to eat my tampon once too, and I was very worried about him. I now make sure to keep all the trash locked up so he cant get into it.

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