My Dog Ate Corn Dog Stick! What Should I Do?

You can increase your dog’s protein, carbohydrates, and antioxidants supply just by feeding him more corn, and sometimes, that can be through a corndog. Typically, the salt and spices on this fast food are not ideal for dogs, even though they may not cause terminal health problems. It is okay to give Fido some of your corndog, but it is a different case when he steals it without your knowledge.

Chances are he scarves it all up, not knowing it contains a stick. This is a linear foreign object, and it is no secret that swallowing items like this can be very dangerous. But you shouldn’t panic; keep reading instead.

In this article, you will learn if your fur baby can digest a corndog stick they have eaten. What also happens; what should you expect and do if your dog ate a corndog stick? Meanwhile, it is also essential not to leave such tempting treats unattended next time.

What Happens if My Dog Eats a Corndog Stick?

Many scenarios may play out if your dog eats a corndog stick. The first and best is that he will pass it out naturally with his poop within the next twenty-four to forty-eight hours. You will need to regularly inspect your dog’s poop to see if the corndog stick has come out. In contrast, the other things that can happen if your dog eats a corndog stick are not as desirable. 

The stick may puncture your dog’s tongue, gums, or the other delicate areas in his mouth. This can lead to irritation, infection, or pain in the affected part. And when they swallow the chunks or pieces, it can puncture their stomach, airway, digestive tract, and intestines. All these conditions require you to call the vet, as they may become life-threatening if ignored.

Check his mouth or rectum for signs of bruises and infections. Other things that will happen if your dog eats a corndog stick are vomiting, coughing, and diarrhea. You should watch for signs of pain or unusual behavior, especially because the sticks can scratch or puncture the digestive tract and cause internal bleeding. If you suspect your pet has eaten a corndog stick, you should monitor him until the pieces are out of his body, by surgical extraction or with the help of nature. 

Can a Dog Digest a Corndog Stick? 

A dog can digest a corndog stick, but it is unlikely that the digestive system will bother to liquefy the wood. If your pet has wolfed down a corndog without chewing, chances are the length of the skewer will pass through the esophagus (if there is no choking) and make its way to the stomach. Here, stomach acid may not thoroughly break down the stick or take apart some of it. 

If the stomach lacks the ability to break down the stick, it will move to the small intestine from there. You can only hope it does not puncture any part of your pet’s innards, as that will also cause internal complications. From the small intestine, the stick makes its way to the large intestine, where tougher materials are digested. Gut bacteria exist in this body part to help break down stronger food items, so skewers may not stand a chance.

But again, the bacteria may not be strong enough to break down the stick and will put it aside to pass through poop. In many cases, they cannot break down the bone your pet eats. If the corndog stick has made its way through your dog’s system successfully, then you should expect it in his poop, which you should regularly check until the stick is found. Otherwise, you will have to remove it yourself before an internal blockage or puncture occurs.

What Should I Do if My Dog Ate a Corndog Stick? 

If your dog ate a corndog stick and hasn’t excreted it, you will know through symptoms like lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, and bloody stools. You may be lucky if your pet vomits the sticks during one of his regurgitative episodes or if he passes it through his poop. You will have to keep checking for the next two days. 

Peradventure you find nothing in your pet’s waste, you may need to have an x-ray conducted to determine if there is a corndog stick in their innards. And the sooner you do it, the better the chances your pet has of survival. Sharp objects like skewers shouldn’t be allowed to remain in your dog’s stomach for prolonged periods because of the many dangers they pose. An endoscopy may help extract the stick from your pet’s stomach, which will be done when he is unconscious.

But it is a painless process that will help your pet feel okay again. Ultimately, keep checking his poop for signs of the corndog stick, bearing in mind that they may come out in pieces. You can wait until he shows signs that the stick is disturbing his system, or you can get it taken care of immediately. In both cases, your pet will be fine; corndog sticks cannot take your fighter down.


If your dog ate corndog stick, he would be fine; it is similar to eating a pine cone. But you will need to act fast based on the situation you are assessing. If he exhibits some of the symptoms we explored in this blog post, you need to contact the vet for assistance. But if he appears fine, he will be; just wait for the stick pieces to come out of his rectum.


  • Brad

    Hi I'm Brad, the founder of Having been a vet of 6 years I work alongside our team to provide valuable insight into your dog's health. I have a frenchie myself named Senzu who is my pride and joy!