Sidney is a 4 month old Hungarian Vizsla who’s owner recently contacted us after he ingested an earphone containing a battery. His owner explained:
“Came home after a walk and teenage son sat on sofa playing on tablet when Sidney greeted him. Unfortunately my teenage son had his earphones by his side and Sidney without a thought being a puppy swallowed one of the earphones whole. We rang the hotline on the advice of the vet and had an excellent service from the team who reassured us. Sidney was not showing any symptoms of any kind and as recommended we upped his food for a couple of days to encourage him to pass the foreign object. He was without any symptoms and totally unaware”.
Batteries pose a few risks depending on the circumstances. The contents are irritant and may cause ulceration and burns to the mouth and tongue if chewed. If ingested whole, batteries can cause an obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract and may need to be endoscopically or surgically removed
If your pet has chewed or ingested a battery and you are concerned, please contact Animal PoisonLine on 01202 509000 where a member of the team will be able to take a full history and discuss the best option for your pet with you. Veterinary professionals can contact VPIS on 0207 3055 055.