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Three days ago, I didn't notice until too late that my ACO multi-test strip had a loose pad from another strip attached to it. My betta snatched then swallowed it before I could react. Will she be okay?

She seems to be acting normal. Am feeling guilty...

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On 8/30/2023 at 11:09 AM, DaveO said:

Just guessing here. If it can eat it, it can poop it.

Not really true.  I’ve taken LOTS of foreign bodies out of animals that they would have never been able to, ahem, . . . . . deliver.  The esophagus is very elastic and there is a slight stricture effect in nearly every species of mammal where the small intestine meets the large intestine.  I can’t say on every species, but it’s also present in birds, axolotls, and many reptiles.

It should only take about 5-7 days of normal poops to be sure the pad isn’t causing an issue because it has either passed, wasn’t actually ingested, or was regurgitated.  Their gut transit time is only about 2 days for a Betta, but sometimes food can be bypassing a foreign body.  But 5-7 days with no issues and you should be fully past any danger point.

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On 8/31/2023 at 2:52 PM, Rube_Goldfish said:

Uh, are you suggesting somebody having eaten a small pizza box?

Being non-biodegradable, a ceramic floor tile would have been more accurate, but who would eat one of those?😉

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