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Pomeranian Kenzie Bites Off More than He Can Chew

By Colleen Williams
published: March 6, 2017 - updated: August 4, 2023 • 2 min. read
pomeranian dog by Christmas tree

Key Takeaways

  • Kenzie is a garbage-thief dog who ate eight tampons and became sick.
  • He required an endoscopy to remove the tampons.
  • He developed pancreatitis due to the material in his stomach and needed medication.
  • His pet parent had Healthy Paws insurance to cover much of the vet bills.
  • Kenzie is happy, healthy, and fully recovered since this incident.

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Erika found Kenzie the same way most of us find our pets nowadays – on Petfinder: “He was in Kentucky,” Erika explains. “A foster found him in the kennel with lots of big dogs. She fostered him for a couple of weeks before he was transported to [my area] and the rest is history!”

Kenzie, an 8 year-old Pomeranian, playful and happy today.

Kenzie, an 8-year-old Pomeranian, has a big, friendly personality and “is considered [her] condo building’s mascot,” says Erika. “We get stopped at least three times by people squealing, ‘he’s so cute!’ and wanting to say hello.”

fluffy pomeranian dog

But Kenzie’s got his quirks too: he’s a bit of a garbage thief! While it started with just a few tissues, unfortunately, Kenzie went a step further while Erika was doing laundry at a friend’s house. “I figured he ate some toilet paper and that was it.” By the next morning, though, he’d thrown up a feminine hygiene product. He was barely eating, and by the next day, he’d vomited quite a bit. She offered him chicken to no avail – it wouldn’t stay down.

“That evening, I took him to the emergency vet where they performed an x-ray and his stomach looked solid white!” Erika continues. An ultrasound ended up showing a lot of cotton, so they proceeded with and endoscopy to remove the foreign substance. “They pulled out five tampons! He had eaten a total of eight tampons and he is only 18lbs! That is one stuffed animal!”

Kenzie ended up developing a case of pancreatitis because of the material, so he was sent home with prescription meds and a recommendation for bed rest. The Healthy Paws plan covered $2,429 of the $3,331 claim, allowing Erika to devote all of her focus to Kenzie’s speedy recovery. “When I picked him up, he was happy and begging for treats from the vet techs. I was so grateful! I feel so lucky that he survived and that I had Healthy Paws insurance because that was one heck of a bill!” Today, Kenzie is back to his old smiley, happy self, fully recovered and banned from the bathroom.

Foreign body extraction is more popular than most pet parents realize; categorized under ‘stomach issues,’ it’s the number one most common claim for both dogs and cats, and can run as much as $6,000 depending on the severity of the issue and vet rates where you live. Help protect your furry family (and your wallet), by getting a pet insurance quote today.

If you are a Healthy Paws pet parent with a recovery story to tell, we’d love to hear it! Send your pet’s story along with photos of your four-legged family member to

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By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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