Mason just ate the paper that comes in a packet of frozen chicken. You know, the piece of thick paper that is under the actual chicken parts. He got it out of the trashcan, and gulped it before I could get it from him. His vet is closed for the evening and won't reopen until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.
I guess I'm just looking for someone to tell me what to expect or that he'll be fine.
AT this point all you can do is watch and wait. Ideally over the next 24-48 hours you want to see him pooping normally, maybe a strange looking or colored poop but as long as it's coming out, that's a good thing.
If he doesn't poop at all in the next 36 hours, acts restless or in pain, whimpers when he walks or sit down, strains but nothing comes out, etc.... Take him to the vet.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
My cat has done this several times and my maltese shares in the spoils. They seem to have some sort of partnership. O.P. the cat knocks the trash over and bailey spreads the garbage all over the house so that I can pick it up when I get home. Fortunately there has never been a problem. I now seal any meat packaging in a freezer bag before putting it in a trash can with a lid. I agree that you should watch closely for any signs of distress.
The trashcan than we have in the kitchen is tall and has a lid on it, but it didn't take Mason long to figure out that he can stand on his hind legs and use his nose to get the lid off. He is a determined little rascal.
Anyway, this morning's poop looked okay and he seems fine. He gobbled down his breakfast without any problem. We will definitely keep a close eye on him for the next couple of days.
Luckily those pads are usually small enough to pass through. As already stated, watch for the poop. If the pad had a thin plastic side you will definitely see it when it passes. As long as the dog can have a bowel movement you know there is no obstruction.
A weird thing did happen with Mason last night. I don't know if it's related to the chicken incident or what.
But, yesterday evening he started licking his lips like crazy and I kid you not, but he literally threw himself against the front door. I could tell he was definitely in some kind of distress. I was getting kind of scared. So, I took him outside and he started eating grass uncontrollably. Anyway, when he eats grass he usually throws up immediately afterwards. I kept walking him around anticipating that he would vomit.
By this time 30 minutes had passed so we went back inside. He gobbled down his dinner like normal and carried on like normal. I kept expecting him to vomit at any moment, but he never did. He pooped fine this morning with the exception of a few blades of grass.