Symptoms to Watch for After a Dog Has Eaten a Rock

By Michaela Davila

Most dogs are curious, fun-loving animals with a spirit of adventure. From time to time, however, a dog's curiosity may get him into trouble if, for example, he eats something he shouldn't. While some dogs may simply pass the foreign object they have eaten, there is a risk that serious complications can occur. It is very important to watch your dog closely for signs of an intestinal blockage if he consumes a foreign object such as a rock.

Lack of Eating and Drinking

Monitor your dog's eating and drinking behavior after he has eaten the rock. If he normally inhales his food and drinks a half a bowl of water at dinner time, pay attention to see if his response to food and water has changed. If he shows little or no interest in his food and water, this may indicate that there is a problem. Allow his food to remain available throughout the evening if he does not eat initially and see if he eats it later. If he avoids his food and water completely, he may be experiencing an intestinal blockage in which case he will need to see a veterinarian.


Observe your pet to see if he vomits following the consumption of the rock. If the rock is posing a problem for him, he may vomit or attempt to vomit in order to expel it. Additionally, if the rock is blocking an area of his intestines, then your dog may end up vomiting any food or water that he eats or drinks following his eating of the rock. If your dog is vomiting and has not expelled the rock, call your veterinarian.


Watch your dog to see if he is acts differently following the consumption of the rock. Our pets cannot tell us when they do not feel well, however their behavior can speak volumes to attentive owners. If your normally active dog is not interested in playing or going outside for a walk, this may be a sign of a problem. Additionally, your dog may seem overly tired and not exhibit his normal levels of excitement when you try to engage him. If you do notice significant changes in your dog's activity and energy levels, contact your veterinarian.