Can steel wool harm a dog?

We have steel wool in our garage, and somehow, my sister’s puppy got in. We are unsure if he consumed any of the steel wool or not – but could this harm him if he did?

I appreciate it. Thank you.


See, my biggest problem is that it is my sister’s dog and she claims she cannot afford to help him. I read hydrogen peroxide may help, so I figure I will try that. But if it gets to the point, I’ll take him and pay for the vet – because it isn’t fair for her to treat him this way.

Thank you everyone.

See, my biggest problem is that it is my sister’s dog and she claims she cannot afford to help him. I read hydrogen peroxide may help, so I figure I will try that. But if it gets to the point, I’ll take him and pay for the vet – because it isn’t fair for her to treat him this way.

Thank you everyone.

7 Answers

  • ojyllek
    1 month ago

    Can’t speak of the chemicals that are in it. If it consumed an entire pad it may cause a blockage and be too large for the dog to “pass”. As far as it being abrasive to the digestive system; when my dog ate a light bulb (yes, a light bulb) my vet had me feed her a loaf of bread. Mashed potatoes will also work. They will surround the item and help prevent cuts. Call your vet though!

    Peroxide will make him vomit now and possibly give him the runs latter. If he consumed an entire pad it is very possible that it could get logged and he will not be able to pass it. I would call your local Animal Shelter/Humane Society and see if they can recommend a reasonably priced vet in your area.

    Side note. There are laws in effect stating if an owner can not afford to provide proper care for an animal that the ASPCA or local enforcement can take the animal.

  • Anonymous
    5 days ago

    Many people love the idea of owning a dog but one thing that they have to keep in mind often times, is that the dog needs to be trained. While the pet may look heart-breakingly cute when it’s in a shelter or at the pound, picking out the dog is only the first part of the relationship between dog owner and the animal. Many people don’t understand that they have to put time and effort into socializing the dog.

    An unsocialized dog will intimidate others, tear up the home, and will create an environment that can become so bad that the it will have to be returned. Many times when dogs have to be returned to shelters or to other resources, it will end up euthanized, which is very heartbreaking. All of this can be spared if a person learns the various techniques in order to socialize the dog.

    One thing that they have to understand is that the he wants to be told what to do. It’s in the canine nature to follow a leader. The dog will be more than willing to obey the leadership of its master. Here’s a look at some common techniques that are used in dog training:

    “Dog Whispering”

    This is a technique that has been around for a while, but gained national notoriety over the last 10 years. Some people might hear this term and wonder how in the world whispering to a dog can train it! Whispering isn’t meant to be taken literally in this case. As trainers have shown, whispering is a term that refers to connecting with a being or an entity on a very deep and almost spiritual level. When it comes to dog training techniques, dog whispering involves careful observation of the dog’s behavior and actions.

    It literally entails getting inside the mind and the behavior system of the canine. When a person uses dog whispering techniques, they interact with the dog on the canine level. Again, one the most common mistakes that people make is treating the dog like a small human being.

    “Reward Training”

    Reward training is very simple and it’s one of the older tricks that works. This is a simple method of training the dog by positive reinforcement. Once he does what it is told to do, it receives a treat. How this works is that the dog owner must entice the dog towards the treat. Once the canine develops awareness for the treat, it develops a strong desire for it. When the desire for it is extremely strong, the dog owner pulls back. Then the dog receives a command and when the dog obeys the command, it receives the treat. The object is to make the dog associate a treat with the command.

    “Clicker Training”

    Other dog training techniques include one that is similar to reward training, which is called clicker training. How this works is that the clicker is incorporated to get the dog’s attention. The clicker is clicked as a form of communication with the dog. It learns that there is a command or reward associated in conjunction with the clicker. Many people claim that this is fun, and they actually make a game with the dog by using the clicker for their dog training tasks.

    “Ultrasonic Whistle”

    Last, a relatively new form of dog training technique is called the ultrasonic whistle. This works because the ultrasonic sound is only heard by the dog. When the owner is trying to communicate a command, or stop the dog from barking, they will blow on their whistle when they want to communicate a command to the dog. The benefit of this is that the humans can’t hear this noise, but the dog can hear it, and they will learn to associate the sound with a command.

    Dog training techniques aren’t hard to incorporate, but they are something that absolutely must be incorporated from the time a dog owner brings their new dog home. No matter how old or how young the dog is, they will need training. Once they are trained properly, they will be a wonderful addition to one’s family.

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  • sciencechick
    1 month ago

    Call the vet to see what they think. I could definitely see that causing blockages or irritating the intestines. You can’t trust medical advice online, so take advantage of the vet and just CALL!

    ADDITION: NOOOO! DON”T INDUCE VOMITING!!! That is what hydrogen peroxide does, and it may do more damge coming back up!!! If you mess up the dosage you could do more harm than good!

    CALL THE VET! IT IS FREEEEE! They can tell you if you can do anything from home and what to watch for! DON’T GIVE THE DOG ANYTHING TO TREAT IT WITHOUT TALKING TO A VET!!!!!

  • ♥Love Herds♥
    1 month ago

    I actually watched an “emergency vets” on TV, where a dog ate a brillow pad. It caused a bowel obstruction. He had to have surgery. They named the dog “Brillo”. So I’d say if he DID eat steel wool, it could very possibly hurt his insides. Can you get him x-rayed? Maybe if you can catch it super early, they can get it out while it’s still in his tummy, and not trying to move through his intestines.

    Good Luck!

  • dudeinnorcal
    1 month ago

    I am pretty sure if he did eat some it would harm him. Having steel wool go though your digesive system would be very painful. You should take him to the vet and have them do an x-ray to see if he ate anything.

  • jenn n
    1 month ago

    I would get your pup to a vet for xrays asap. Good Luck.

  • Ask&Answer2009
    1 month ago

    Yes, if you see any bleeding, vomiting, etc. take him to a vet.

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