Our genital and anal areas contain high concentrations of pheromones, which is what dogs are trying to sniff out. These pheromones might smell differently to dogs when humans are menstruating, which is why your dog might seem especially glued to your crotch during that time of the month. RELATED: Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?
Tampon-eating is actually a pretty common problem among dogs. It isn't clear exactly why dogs seem drawn to these types of hygiene products, but it is likely due to the odor of blood and the way cotton feels in their mouths.
Smell and taste are two important ways that dogs gather information. And because dogs are both hunters and scavengers, they're naturally attracted to smells of bodily fluids, as well as smells associated with decay.
If your dog eats a tampon, contact a local veterinarian immediately. Sometimes, a dog may be able to pass a tampon with no issues. In other cases, it may cause an intestinal blockage and lead to medical complications such as constipation, low blood circulation, and the inability to eat or drink.
The tampon tax, which taxes menstrual products as non-essential items, places an additional burden on people who menstruate and discriminates against them by making items crucial for everyday life unaffordable for some.
Some dogs will pass an eaten tampon without issue, but others may choke, experience dangerous intestinal blockages, or suffer extensive (even life-threatening) lacerations from the attached string. You'll want to contact your vet immediately if you discover that he's eaten a tampon.
Tampons are even worse than other foreign objects, as unused tampons will swell in the stomach, making them larger and more difficult to pass. If your dog ate a tampon and it passes out of the stomach into the gut, it may scrape along the lining of the guts, causing pain and bloody diarrhea.
While none of the following recommendations are foolproof, most will help keep your dog from eating things you'd rather he didn't.
Not only do tampons make great absorbents for your drag rag, they also make exceptional scent wicks. They are sterile, come unscented and can hold a considerable amount of deer urine. Simply apply the scent or deer urine to the tampon and use it's handy-dandy string to tie it in place.
For starters, it isn't effective. According to Planned Parenthood, tampons will not prevent pregnancy in any way. They're designed to absorb blood, not sperm. In fact, the sperm can probably get around a tampon, as noted in Gurl.
Period products are subject to a state sales tax in 30 of the 50 US states despite efforts to ban the tax country-wide. Across the European Union, most countries are not allowed to create zero-rated value-added taxes on period products and have a 5% minimum tampon tax.
The best course of action for your veterinarian will depend on how long ago your pet ate the tampon as well as any symptoms. They may take an x-ray, induce vomiting, or recommend surgery to remove the blockage.