Linda Crampton is a biology teacher, writer, and long-time pet owner. She currently has dogs, cats, and birds in her family.
Emergency Surgery in a Dog
My family had a frightening experience with one of our dogs a few years ago. One morning Ryan was fine; by the afternoon, he was sick and in distress. He refused to eat or drink, and the look in his eyes told us that something was very wrong. A visit to the vet and an x-ray showed that he had swallowed a sock, which was blocking his intestine.
The vet suggested that we wait for a short time to see if Ryan's body could expel the sock on its own. It’s important to note that Ryan remained at the veterinary clinic during this time, based on the veterinarian’s advice. Waiting with him at home could have been a dangerous situation. A second x-ray showed that the sock had moved only a short distance during the waiting period. Major surgery was necessary to remove the obstruction from the intestine.
Thankfully, Ryan survived the surgery and returned home. Although he initially required careful and gentle care, he eventually recovered completely. This article is a tale of our experience with Ryan and his sock, a description of intestinal blockage in dogs, and a precautionary story for pet owners.
Causes of Intestinal Blockage in Dogs
Ryan is a Leonberger, a breed that is often referred to as a gentle giant. He was five years old at the time of his intestinal blockage and had never shown any tendency to eat anything “illegal” (except for the cats’ food). We have no idea why he suddenly decided to eat a sock. Some owners are continually fighting their dog’s urge to eat unusual things and often find strange objects in their pet's feces, but we haven’t had this problem with Ryan. Eating just one sock was enough to cause him serious problems.
Frequent causes of intestinal blockage in dogs include the following items:
- bones, rawhide, and sticks
- rubber balls, golf balls, marbles, and other small balls
- buttons and beads
- stones and pebbles
- peach pits
- pantyhose and socks
- batteries (quite a common cause, according to our emergency vet)
- cat litter (if eaten in a large amount)
There are other things that could be added to this list. For example, I've read about dogs who have eaten magazines, tampons, rubber bands, dental floss, the nipples from baby bottles, and corn cobs.
Some objects are more dangerous than others. Items with sharp edges, such as bone splinters, may tear the intestinal lining or the lining higher up in the digestive tract. Batteries can leach poisonous chemicals if they're pierced by teeth. Metals and dyes may also be poisonous. String may wrap around intestinal tissue. Tampons will swell as they contact the moisture in the digestive tract, forming a bigger blockage, and so will cat litter.
Possible Symptoms of an Intestinal Obstruction
There are a variety of symptoms that may appear when a dog's intestine is blocked. He or she may:
- stop eating
- stop drinking
- have a painful abdomen, especially when it's touched (Use very light pressure if you try this.)
- be bloated
- be lethargic
- whine or cry
- have problems defecating or have diarrhea
Each of the symptoms mentioned above can be caused by other factors besides an intestinal obstruction. For example, vomiting may be caused by an intestinal blockage or by other conditions, as described in the video below. All of the symptoms in the list require a visit to a vet if they don't disappear quickly, are recurrent, or are severe.
Vomiting in Dogs
Treating a Canine Intestinal Obstruction
Some dogs are able to expel obstructions, but we should never assume that this will happen. Even if no symptoms appear, if you suspect that your dog has swallowed something that could block his or her intestine, you should contact a vet. You need to find out if your dog needs to visit the veterinary clinic right away.
If a vet visit isn't immediately necessary, you need to know how long you can safely wait to see if your dog's intestine can expel the object. As you wait, examine your pet's feces to see if the obstruction has been released and watch your dog very carefully for symptoms that indicate an emergency. Your vet may give you tips to help move the obstruction.
If the dog is dehydrated, he or she may not be able to wait for treatment. After Ryan's first x-ray, his treatment involved intravenous fluids and walks to try to get the sock to move. The second x-ray showed that surgery was required.
Abdominal Surgery in a Dog
The surgeon who operated on Ryan said that his intestine was inflamed and close to rupturing, so we are very glad that we had the surgery done when we did. Ryan's intestine was folded into an accordion shape. The muscles in the wall of the intestine continue to contract when an obstruction is present, creating a wave-like motion that normally pushes material through the intestine. This may cause the intestinal wall to bunch up next to the obstruction.
Abdominal surgery to remove a blockage is a major operation. We were told that the outcome would probably be favorable but that the surgery did involve risks. The surgeon said that sometimes when an obstruction was near the end of the colon (the main part of the large intestine), he could open the abdomen, squeeze the obstruction down the intestine and then pull it out through the anus without cutting the intestine open. Unfortunately, this couldn't be done with Ryan's sock, since it was trapped in his small intestine.
We live quite close to a vet clinic that has long working hours and operates seven days a week. We also live near two emergency pet clinics. The situation would have been much more difficult—and possibly more dangerous—if we lived in a rural area.
Recovery From Surgery
When he returned home after his surgery, Ryan was given an antibiotic, a pain reliever, and a medication to reduce acid production in his stomach. He received two tablespoons of soft dog food multiple times a day, according to the vet's instructions, and also small quantities of water multiple times a day. We were allowed to take him for short; slow leash walks quite soon after the surgery. We had an Elizabethan collar (or cone) for him to wear to prevent him from nibbling his stitches.
It was wonderful to see Ryan showing an interest in the world around him and wagging his tail very soon after he returned home. One of the vets that treated him said that the first hours and the first day or two after the surgery were the most critical times, however, and that we couldn’t really relax until at least five days after the surgery.
It's important to watch for signs of a fever or increasing pain during a dog's recovery from intestinal surgery. These symptoms could indicate that fluid is leaking out of the intestine into the abdominal cavity. The cavity is lined with a membrane called the peritoneum, which may become infected and inflamed by intestinal fluid. Inflammation of the peritoneum is called peritonitis and can be a very serious disorder.
Preventing an Intestinal Blockage
Please don’t read this article about Ryan's adventure with a sock and think, “I’m glad that my dog doesn’t do things like that.” Remember that up until his emergency, Ryan had never done things like that either! Although most intestinal blockages occur in dogs that have shown a tendency to eat dangerous items, this isn't always the case.
It's very important to keep a home containing a dog tidy and to keep potentially dangerous objects and chemicals shut up or placed out of their reach. This is important if you have children in the family, too. When you take your socks off, they need to be put in a drawer or in the washing machine—a step that we are very careful to follow now.
Toys should be too large to be swallowed by your dog. If you have cats in the family as well as dogs, consider putting the cat toys away after playtime to prevent the dogs from swallowing the toys. They may be small enough to enter a dog's esophagus. If your dog is showing a tendency to mouth dangerous objects like stones, it's time for some firm training to discourage him or her from doing this.
Hendrix Swallows a Rock and Wears a Cone
Financial Preparation for Pet Health Problems
Ryan was seen by our own vet, another vet in the same clinic who is experienced in abdominal surgery, and a vet at an emergency clinic. His surgery and care were expensive, especially since the emergency clinic was involved.
The surgery was done at our vet clinic by the experienced surgeon. If the surgery had been performed at the emergency clinic, it would have been even more expensive. Shortly after the operation, Ryan had to be transferred by stretcher to the emergency clinic, however. The surgeon was concerned that he wasn't recovering from the anesthetic fast enough. The clinic gave him medication for pain and monitored his condition throughout the night.
I have a savings account for emergencies, and I also put money into a dog fund every month to pay for vet expenses, so I was able to pay for Ryan's treatment. It took some time to recover from the expense, though. I would hate to be in a situation where I couldn't pay for a major treatment that one of my pets needed. They are part of my family, and I love them all very much.
If you have a pet, it's important to regularly save a small but significant amount of money to pay for vet visits. Begin as soon as the pet enters your family. A pet care insurance plan may be useful, but the plans that are available should be investigated very carefully. A particular plan may not cover all of the problems that a pet may face. In some treatments, the larger the animal, the higher the vet fees.
Preparedness and Peace of Mind
Hopefully, you will never have to obtain emergency treatment for your pet, but it's important to be prepared in case this is necessary. Making financial preparations will give you some peace of mind because you will know that you can help your pet if this becomes necessary. Knowing the route to emergency clinics and the times when the clinics are open can also bring some peace of mind because it means that medical help can be obtained quickly if necessary.
We all hope that our pets will never experience an emergency. They may never develop a major medical problem in their entire life. If they do experience a problem, though, our plans to help them can increase the chance of a happy outcome.
References and Resources
- Gastrointestinal Foreign Bodies from the ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons)
- Intestinal Obstruction in Dogs from PetMD
- Abdominal Surgery: Post-Operative and Incisional Care from Metropolitan Veterinary Associates
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
Question: My lab ate my carpet. I don't have the 3,500 dollars for his surgery. What or who can help me save his life?
Answer: I'm sorry that you're in this predicament. Surgery may not be necessary, but only a veterinarian can decide this. The vet may decide to induce vomiting. This shouldn't be done without the vet's help because the induction or process of vomiting might be dangerous. Another possibility is that the blockage will pass through and out of the intestinal tract on its own or with the vet's help. If surgery is necessary, it may not be as expensive as you think. A veterinarian must be consulted to find a solution. The consultation should be done as soon as possible.
Question: How long should it take before a dog poops after abdominal surgery?
Answer: It could take a few days. Your veterinarian could probably tell you what to expect if your dog has had an intestinal blockage removed.
Question: How much would abdominal surgery for intestinal blockage cost for a dog?
Answer: I've deliberately avoided stating the cost of Ryan's surgery in my article. I don't want to discourage anyone from getting help for their dog if it's necessary. In addition, sharing the cost could be inappropriate because different vets may charge different prices based on location and a dog's particular features and condition. Contacting local veterinarians would probably give a better idea of the price for a specific situation.
The surgery may be expensive for some people, depending on income, which is why preparing financially for a potential problem is important.
Question: Is there anything my vet can give our Doberman to treat a blockage other than surgery?
Answer: Only your vet can answer this question. He or she will know the position and status of the blockage and the general state of your dog's health, which will likely determine the possible treatments.
Question: My puppy just had this surgery on Thursday. I was wondering what food I should be feeding him to help him go to the bathroom?
Answer: This is a question that you should ask your veterinarian. The intestine needs to be treated carefully after surgery, so it’s important that you seek professional advice about diet.
Question: My dog had bowel surgery 13 days ago and his last poop was 4 days ago. Should I be concerned about my dog's delayed bowel movements?
Answer: I can’t answer your question since I’m not a veterinarian. If I were in your position, though, I would contact my vet to find out if the absence of poop was a problem. I advise you to do this in case your dog needs medical attention or another form of help recommended by a vet.
Question: Our five-month-old dog ate the end of a beef hide about a week ago and has been having diarrhea for a few days. We switched to chicken and rice and sweet potato, which seemed to help, but then this afternoon it started again. What is the likelihood that the rawhide is still causing a blockage? At what point should I take her to the vet?
Answer: I can't state the likelihood that the rawhide is causing a blockage, since I'm not a veterinarian. As a dog owner, however, I would say that it's time to take your dog to the vet now. The fact that diarrhea disappeared and then returned suggests to me that your dog has a health problem that needs to be treated. The problem may or may not be an intestinal blockage, but I think that it should be investigated.
Question: "We are allowed to take him for short; slow leash walks quite soon after the surgery." What exactly is 'quite soon'? What was the recovery time? How long before he was back to 100% after his surgery?
Answer: The surgery happened some time ago, so I don’t remember the exact time before Ryan’s first walk or the exact time interval before he had recovered completely. It seemed to us that Ryan recovered quickly. Even if I did remember the exact times involved, however, my answer may not be relevant for you if your dog has undergone surgery for an intestinal blockage. (I hope he or she is doing well if this is the case.)
You need to ask your veterinarian about the periods related to your dog and his or her specific condition, if they haven’t already shared this information with you. Your vet will know about factors such as your dog’s overall physical condition and health and the exact nature and extent of the surgery that the dog experienced. These factors will affect the recovery time of your pet and any recommendations or predictions made by the veterinarian.
© 2013 Linda Crampton
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 09, 2020:
I'm very glad that you suspected the cause of Elli's problem and took her to the vet. I hope she recovers as quickly as possible.
Youngrunners on August 09, 2020:
Thank you for this informative post. I just brought our silky terrier, Elli, home from emergency surgery and a 3 day stay at the pet emergency center. My husband and I were cat sitting and the cat had pine pellet litter. Elli got into the litter which after a day and half of her being uncomfortable and in pain, I finally clued in to the possibility of an obstruction. It was awful to see her listless and close to dying. She is finally home, weak and skinny and eating a tiny bit. It's awful to see her so depressed and worn out. The good news is that she is comfortable and resting well. Drinking lots of water and peeing regularly. I think it will be a long haul until she eats a full meal and has her energy back.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 18, 2020:
I've very sorry about your dog's situation, but a vet's advice is essential. You need to phone one or email one or contact them in some other way, even if you can't fly out of your community.
I can't give you any advice, other than to give your dog love and attention, as I'm sure you're doing. I'm not a veterinarian. I assume you have access to the Internet because you submitted your comment, so use it to get advice from a professional.
Emergency veterinary clinics are sometimes open on the weekend and may get your email quickly. Good luck.
Michael Fiddler on July 17, 2020:
Hi my pups been in pain since 5pm 2day. Non stop whimpering and im pretty sure he ate something. Something's blocking his intestines and im googling videos of surgery. Im in a fly in community and theres no way i can get him into a vet.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 17, 2019:
Hi, Nelly. I hope your dog fully recovers soon. You need to ask your veterinarian about the predicted time needed for recovery. He or she will be able to give you advice about Lucky’s situation.
My name is Nelly my dogs name is lucky on July 17, 2019:
Luckys swallowed a needle with a long straight he went into surgery on a Sunday, and came back home on the Monday it’s been three days he’s eating drinking water, But he doesn’t get up from bed, and once in a while he cries at night I think because he’s hurting is that normal, I have to carry him and take him outside so he can do his things how long does it take for him to become normal again.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 09, 2018:
I hope your dog recovers completely. It's a difficult situation for the dog and the owner. Best wishes to you both.
Gloria on November 08, 2018:
It is sad to be envolve in this situación . My 2 years labrador is going through this situación . I miss him dearly ,
Hopefully he recover completely.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on October 05, 2018:
Thank you for sharing the information, Isa. I am glad that your dog is recovering.
Isa on October 05, 2018:
Today is the 8th day after surgery. Although she hasn't recovered fully from the surgery, she is gaining more energy and appetite. I just want to share our experience, and hopefully it will help others. She looked extremely weak right after the surgery and had stay in hospital for 36 hours. By the time we left the hospital, she still hadn't eaten anything, but about 3 hours after we arrived at home, she started eating. So I think being at home can help them relax and gain appetite, which is important for recovery. She looked painful for the first two days, but I could see that she was getting better everyday. At the 5th day after surgery, she had her first bowel movement. She is still recovering, and hope she will return to health soon. After the surgery was done, I heard that some foreign bodied can be removed through endoscope, which involves in shorter recovery process. If I did more research before the surgery, my dog might be qualified for the endoscope operation so she wouldn't have experienced so many pains.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 28, 2018:
Hi, Isa. I'm glad that the article and people's comments helped you. I hope your dog recovers quickly.
Isa on September 28, 2018:
Thank you so much for sharing you experience. It is very helpful! Today is the first day after my dog's surgery that removed bones in her stomach. I tried to search for similar experience to find what to expect after the surgery, but found little information. You article and all comments below gave me all information I wanted to know. Thank you all!
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 05, 2018:
Hi, Jose. I'm glad your dog is getting medical attention. Best wishes to you both.
Jose Rodriguez on July 05, 2018:
My dog is going through surgery tonight. This article gave me hope. the silicone earring she ate has been there for a few days they told me it could cause issues. I’m worried sick right now because she’s my best friend. In the X-ray you could see it in the small intestine. What I found strange was she didn’t act hurt until bed time when she would shake her legs but she never cried and she would wake up wanting to play and be outside to play fetch. She also wanted to eat that’s why it took me a couple days to bring her in. She didn't fit the symptoms that are online. What made me bring her was last night she shook so hard I felt my legs shaking from her shaking so hard as she laid next to me and she’s only 12 pounds. Finger crossed everything goes well and tomorrow I get to see her smiling face(her markings always make her look like she is smiling and full of joy).thank you for the hope your article has gave me that she will be ok.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 21, 2018:
Hi, Jen. I'm sorry that Baxter swallowed the plastic bag. It's great that he's being monitored by a vet, though. I think that Baxter is in the best possible place given the circumstances. The vet is right there to help him if it becomes necessary.
Jen on June 21, 2018:
Thanks for your tremendously informative writing. Baxter, my dog, ingested 8 hot dog rolls which regretfully included the plastic bag housing them. He is on his second day of a barium study. My vet tells me he is seeing a little barium in Baxter's ascending colon and wants to keep him for more observation. He's been eating and having bowel movements, but the barium remains. I'm trying my best not to freak out and would welcome any feedback or thoughts you have given your experiences.
Baxter's human, Jen
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 12, 2018:
Thank you for telling everyone about Luna's progress and for sharing your advice and thoughts, Elaine.
Elaine-Moore on May 12, 2018:
Hi everyone. Been a long time since I posted here about my little dog Luna. I’ve put her picture as my profile pic. She is now 2 years old and as adorable as ever. Luna had emergency Surgery at 5 months old for an intestinal blockage. She has no scar at all on her tummy, I guess being so young she healed very well. Luna does have quite a sensitive tummy , I’ll never know if that’s due to what she went through or just the way she is. After the surgery she really filled out and is a chunky monkey she can’t jump on the sofa and needs steps to get onto the bed. She enjoys playing with my other dog and loves her walks but she needs that little bit of extra care. It’s hard to explain, she’s fine but just more fragile. Again maybe that’s just the way she is but we all love her to pieces regardless. Thankfully we’ve had no more health issues with her and we just enjoy having her in our family. To all dog owners, Know your dogs normal behaviour and if you get that feeling that something just isn’t right then don’t ignore it. Sending out healing thoughts to all dogs going through this.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 11, 2018:
There are many possible explanations for intestinal problems in dogs. A veterinarian needs to examine your dog in order to diagnose his problem and prescribe a treatment.
Patti King on May 11, 2018:
My dog is havin a hard time going to the bathroom and when he goes it’s diarrhea and a little bit
He keeps licking his rectum area can it be a blockage?
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 07, 2018:
I remember the feeling of hoping that each day after the surgery would go well! I hope that your dog recovers quickly.
Kristen1989 on April 07, 2018:
Thanks! He’s been eating since the day after his surgery (which was on Wednesday night). I know it can sometimes take some time after, I just know I’ll be able to relax more once he does. Even though he’s on day 3 which is when the vet said his internal sutures are at their weakest. Fingers crossed that they don’t come undone as we all know how costly the surgery alone was.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 07, 2018:
Hi, Kristen. I'm glad your dog is doing so well after his surgery. I don't remember the exact time, but I think Ryan had his first bowel movement a few days after he started eating.
Kristen1989 on April 07, 2018:
This article has been very helpful as my 1 year old blue heeler swallowed a piece of his toy. It took several days of x-rays to determine if wasn’t moving much on its own and he needed surgery. Surgery went great and his tissue looked nice and pink. He was able to come home the next day and has been eating about a tablespoon of prescription wet food every hour and taking 3 different antibiotics and a pain and anti-inflammatory pill twice a day. He’s been acting like himself since the day I brought him home and doesn’t understand why he can’t jump on things and play like he normally does. It’s going to be a long couple of weeks. My question is how long did it take for your dogs to have a bowel movement? We’re on day 3 and he’s still only gone pee.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 26, 2018:
That's great news. I hope things continue to go well.
mooreshann1990 on March 26, 2018:
Well, he actually started showing some interest in food last night. He has always been a very food motivated dog. He ate his first half cup of ground turkey and rice this morning, so he is definitely getting his appetite back. Thank you, again, for being so helpful!
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 25, 2018:
Hi, mooreshann1990. I'm glad Canuk has come home. I think it was a few days before Ryan showed much interest in eating. A commenter below says that their dog started eating on day four after the surgery, though in that case the dog had necrotizing tissue. It's great that Canuk is drinking and keeping the water down. Staying hydrated is important. I hope his recovery goes well.
mooreshann1990 on March 25, 2018:
Thank you so much for this article, it has been incredibly helpful. My 7 year old husky, Canuk, swallowed a small stuffed toy and yesterday became lethargic and didn't seem right so we took him in and sure enought they found that his small bowel became obstructed. He went to surgery and they were able to remove it and he came home this morning! He is doing pretty well, just very tired, probably from the meds. I have spoonfed a few bites of the food the vet suggested but he really isn't very interested. How long did it take for Ryan to even have an interest in food? Canuk is drinking water and keeping everything down but he just doesn't want to eat.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 13, 2018:
The wait in the lobby must have been very unpleasant for both you and your dog, Tyler. I'm glad his problem was identified and hope he recovers soon.
Tyler on January 13, 2018:
My dog was taken to the vet just hours ago and x rays confirmed a bowel blockage. Haven't heard back yet from the vet about whether surgery is necessary. He's only 7 months. He waited 3 hours in the lobby before being taken in for examination. I'm worried but will given an update on what happens for people going through the same thing since there was great information on this website.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 10, 2017:
I'm very sorry that your dog and you had to undergo this stressful situation twice, Melanie. I hope that he continues to recover well and that you find a solution for the problem.
Melanie McCracken on November 10, 2017:
Our 31/2 year old rescue (looks like a bird dog) just got surgery for the second time to remove what might be a sock. I think we may try a basket muzzle for him. His intestines won't take another surgery due to many adhesions from the first one. He is just out of surgery and we will see him tomorrow evening. Very sad. But glad he is through it ok so far.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 12, 2017:
I'm glad your dog has starting eating! Thank you for sharing the information.
Marc1969 on September 12, 2017:
Just an update for you Linda and for anyone else reading the comments who might be dealing with this. My dog starting eating in the afternoon of day 4 and had his first bowel movement on day 6 after surgery.... a clear sign the surgery was successful. Our vet advises that due to the resection and now shorter intestinal tract he should be on a prescription low fat, high fiber diet from now on and no treats for a few months.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2017:
Hi, Marc1969. My dog's appetite didn't take long to return—a few days to a week if I remember correctly—but he didn't have necrotizing tissue. I would think that your dog's appetite would take longer to return to normal than mine, since he had more extensive surgery. If he doesn't start eating more food soon, though, you might want to ask your vet how long it's likely to take for his appetite to improve.
Marc1969 on September 10, 2017:
This just happened to our Mexican hairless this week. He threw up Tuesday and a trip to the vet Wednesday morning recommended some nausea medicine and an X-ray, which showed a blockage. He was in surgery two hours later and also required a resection as the intestine had started necrotizing in that area. It's now Sunday and he is still doing ok but isn't very interested in food. How long before your dogs appetite returned?
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 22, 2017:
James, I don't want to share exactly how much I paid for the surgery for a couple of reasons. First, the cost will vary depending on the part of the world where the surgery is going to be performed and perhaps on the dog's condition and the vet as well. Secondly, I don't want anyone who suspects that their dog has an intestinal blockage to avoid going to the vet because they think that treatment would be too expensive.
As you can probably guess from the article and the comments that people have made, the surgery generally isn't cheap, but I don't know how much it would cost for a particular dog. The price might well be less for some dogs than it was for Ryan. A person would have to visit their vet with their dog to discover how much the surgery would cost for the pet (if surgery is actually needed).
James n socket on August 22, 2017:
How much would a procedure like this cost?
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 30, 2017:
Thank you for sharing the information, Bferg23. I hope Winston recovers soon.
Bferg23 on July 30, 2017:
Just a bit of a PSA. I've had three labs and all three have had issues with this. Two required surgery. If you have any type of "NylaBone" dog toys or bones, THROW THEM AWAY!!! 17 years ago I had a yellow lab that I had given an "indestructible" Nylabone to and he got a piece stuck in his intestines, had to get surgery. So I swore I would never Nylabones again. 4 days ago, our lab, Winston, couldn't hold any food down. Took him in, sure enough an obstruction. Surgery. What did they pull out? A piece of a damn NylaBone. We have never given him one! So not sure where he found it or got it, must have been on a walk or dug it up in yard from previous owners' dog or something. He is home now and we will be eating Kraft dinner and hot dogs for the next five years due to the bills incurred. Throw away Nylabones and always supervise dogs with all toys. He isn't eating yet and is limping on his right hind leg, not sure what the limp is from, hopefully as he heals that goes away. But throw away NYLABONES!!
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 02, 2017:
Hi, Sally. No, Ryan didn't vomit after he ate when we brought him home. I think that you should contact your vet about the fact that your dog is vomiting and not eating. Best wishes.
Sally on July 02, 2017:
How many days it takes for your dog to fully recover? my dog just went through abdominal surgery ( about 12 days ago ) and she just returned home from the vet today. the vet told me that my dog's condition is already good and it's safe to bring her home, but she still vomits after she eats and now she doesnt want to eat. is it the same for your dog?
well this article is 4 years old (and awesome!) but i hope you answer.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 10, 2017:
I'm glad that Ralph is continuing to do well, despite the reflux situation. Thank you for sharing your experience, Emma. It may be useful for other people in a similar situation.
Emma on May 10, 2017:
Thank you so much for your reply. We have had a worrying couple of days as Ralph has now started with reflux which is making him not want to eat the already no so appealing bland diet from the vets....today he is doing better and seems to only be burping and actually not bringing any fluid up. Vet didn't seem to worried as reflux can occur after this type of surgery...im just a bit concerned how much he is sleeping (he does get up and play for a few minutes) but then I just keep reminded myself he has just had major surgery and is bound to be tired. The vet said she isn't worried about the operation now as we are 7 days post surgery! Just want to start getting him back into his normal food that he loves! He is currently laying here dreaming!
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 08, 2017:
Hi, Emma. I'm glad that Ralph is doing so well. I would think that since he's doing well five days after the surgery the chance of him recovering completely is good, but I'm not a vet so I don't know this for certain. Hopefully the vet visit will reassure you. I can appreciate how worried you are! I know Ryan's initial recovery was quick, like Ralph's. He became happy again very soon after the operation. I can't remember exactly how long it took for his behaviour to completely return to normal, since it's been some some since the surgery, but I think it was about a month.
Emma Allen on May 08, 2017:
Just came across your post when googling about intestinal surgery recovery. I'm so glad your dog Ryan made a full recovery that does give us all hope for these emergency situations! We have found ourselves in the same situation.....last week our best friend Ralph who is a cavapoo started vomiting in the morning but would then be fine....eating, running around on his walk etc....the next morning more vomit only this time accompanied by 'a prayer stretch' common when a dog has abdominal pain. As we no out dog does occasionally eat rubber from chewed up tennis balls left on the field (very annoying when people don't pick these up) we took him to the vets...they admitted him for a scan and found 2 pretty big bits of rubber from a tennis ball causing a blockage in his small intestine (he normally chews the pieces really small). They decided the best option was surgery and explained although a common surgery it is major surgery that carries risk. We were heartbroken as we nearly lost Ralph 2 years ago with sever gastroenteritis (He was in the vets for 5 days). Ralph pulled threw his surgery on Wednesday....and we are no currently 5 days post surgery and hoping we are now 'out of the woods' and can concentrate on slowly getting him better. He is eating normally and even wants to play and is wagging his tail in the garden (on a short lead) the only thing he is doing is drinking less but he is on wet food atm and is used to dry. Have checked him for signs of dehydration and he seems good. We have being sleeping the living room with him just to be extra safe and he tolerates his buster collar very well at night time. I just want to be able to relax a little bit and desperate for reassurance he can make a full recovery. He is at the vets in 2 days for a check up so hopefully they can help in reducing our stress! How many weeks was it until Ryan made a full recovery and you stopped worrying ? I feel like I cnt even go upstairs for a minute unless there is someone else watching him. We have also banned all visitors to the house for atleast a week! Sorry for the long post I'm just sitting here with him fast asleep next to me praying he gets there. Emma x
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 07, 2017:
I'm sure it was! I would be scared, too. I hope your puppy recovered.
sdfghj on March 07, 2017:
My 3 month old puppy ate a sock once. It was terrifying!!
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 21, 2017:
I'm glad that your dog is recovering, Shane. Elizabethan collars can certainly be helpful! Thank you for sharing the warning.
Shane on February 20, 2017:
Thank you for sharing your story! We are going through a similar situation. My dog had a piece of an orbee toy bone (durable rubber-like material) the world's most curiously durable dog toy, break off and he ingested it. Over night he experience diarrhea and vomiting. I took him the next morning to an emergency clinic where he had surgery. He has been home for one day and while his temperament has returned to normal, I find myself forced to use the Elizabethan collar so not only he leaves the wound alone but I find he restricts moving and walking around. Hoping for a quick recovery and that we never have to experience a situation like this again. My warning to everyone is supervise your dog's playing with toys, frequently inspect their toys for signs of wear or breaking and discard any potential risks, no toy is unbreakable and while the company who made the toy my dog ingested claims that small pieces are ingestible-large pieces can do serious damage to the intestines.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 30, 2017:
Hi, Kellie. Frankie is a young dog, which should help her to deal with surgery successfully. Vets have many techniques that they can use to help dogs with a medical emergency. Ryan recovered completely from his obstruction and surgery. Although I know there are no guarantees, I would think that Frankie stands a very good chance of doing the same. My thoughts are with you.
Kellie Witham on January 30, 2017:
Frankie , my female Patterdale terrier is currently in the vet hospital after having a piece of rubber from a dog toy removed from her small intestine. ..........She is on strong pain medication and Anti biotic. The hardest thing is not being able to visit her as this would cause her more distress. ......... We are terrified she won't make it. She's only 3 yrs old.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 30, 2017:
I'm sorry that Jada has to go back to surgery. That must certainly be hard for you. It's good that the leakage was noticed, though. It's important that it's treated. Best wishes to Jada and to you.
Michelle on January 30, 2017:
Our Jada ate some rope toy. Had surgery 1-23-17 but having some leakage from incision has to go back to surgery tomorrow. Extremely hard on all us.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 15, 2016:
Hi, Samantha. The things that you are doing for your dog sound great. You should ask your vet how much food and water your dog should be given and how often he should receive these items, if you haven't already done so. Having someone stay with your pet and stopping him from trying to go upstairs are important in the early stages of the recovery. Someone should accompany him when he needs to pee or pop, too.
Best wishes to you and your springer spaniel. You'll probably find that each day is better than the one before.
Samantha banks on December 15, 2016:
Hello, I felt so hopeful reading this story your dog Is beautiful! My 7 month springer spaniel has done exactly the same thing! he has just got home after surgery, I'm totally freaking out! I'm trying to keep him comfortable and trying to keep him as still as possible. Im going to bring a mattress downstairs like you said as we had two flights of stairs. Is there anything more you could recommend about the recovering stage as the vet said it's the most crucial stage? It would be great if you could, Thanks
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 22, 2016:
Hi, Sanju. As a pet owner, I would say that if my dog was still vomiting after two weeks and after receiving treatment that there is likely to be a health problem that hasn't been addressed. It may not be a serious problem, but I think it definitely needs to be identified just in case it is serious. If your own vet doesn't want to explore the problem further, I would suggest that you see another vet. Thank you for your comment about Ryan. Best wishes to you and your Lab.
Sanju on November 22, 2016:
That's a beautiful article there and an adorable young dog! Well, I was just hoping you could help me out. So my Labrador is six months old and it looks like he's swallowed up a piece of his bone. He's been vomiting intermittently for the past 2 weeks. I've taken him to the vet and they have only given him anti-emetic and digestive tablets and tonics. He's a bit constipated. But apart from that he's perfectly active: no lethargy and quite the same excitement.
I am only thinking of taking him to the vet again and ask them to do an x-ray. Super freaked out though. Your help would be great. Thank you. And all love to Ryan.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 21, 2016:
Thank you very much for the comment, Elaine-Moore. It's great to hear about Luna's recovery. I'm happy to respond to comments on this article, but I often wonder what happens after the surgery and how the dogs are doing. It's lovely to hear about a dog's return to health!
Elaine-Moore on November 21, 2016:
Just a quick update to let you know Luna is doing great, she's back to her old self, playing with my other little dog Millie and generally causing chaos like any 5 month old pup should. Her wound has healed very well and she has been discharged by the vet.
I will be thinking of Scrappy and Zaido and hope they both also make full recoveries.
Alicia your article has helped many owners and potentially saved their dogs lives. I knew nothing about this problem despite owning dogs for many many years. Thank you again for sharing your experiences, it helps just knowing your not going through it alone.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 20, 2016:
I'm sorry for what you and Zaido are going through, Roger. My thoughts are with you both. I understand what you mean about a dog being a best buddy. I'm glad that your vet has discovered what the problem is, which is half the battle. Best wishes to you and Zaido. I hope Zaido makes a quick recovery and soon feels better.
Roger Gamboa (Philippines) on November 20, 2016:
I have doberman named Zaido. He is now with the vet and scheduled for operation tom. He was not able to poop for a week and began eating less 4 days ago. The vet found out that his large intestines contained hardened poop that caused difficulty in defecating. I am glad that i came across your article. It gives me hope for Zaido. He was with me since birth. He is my best buddy. Despite his looks, he is very adorabable and good natured. Please pray for his successful operation tomorrow.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 14, 2016:
I'm so glad that Scrappy's surgery went well and that this article helped you, Alicia. I hope Scrappy recovers quickly and well. I'm also very glad that both you and my family had the money available for the surgery. It's a big expense, but saving a pet's life is definitely worth the cost.
Alicia M on November 14, 2016:
Hi Alicia, My 10 year old shitzu "Scrappy" ate a sock and became ill, I rushed him to the ER they took xray and sent him home with hopes it would pass through, however hours later he was noticeably worse, shaking, withdrawn and not responding. I rushed him back to the ER and they repeated the xray and said the sock had moved but was now causing obstruction. I was faced with the decision of having emergency surgery $3,500. I had previously read you article while at the ER earlier that day and opted to have the surgery. I was a mess and cried so bad the staff were very consoling. Scrappy's surgery went well, he is still in the hospital and they are planning to release him tomorrow. Thank you for your article on Ryan, it eased my fears and saved my dogs life. :-)
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 10, 2016:
Thank you very much for sharing Luna's story, Elaine-Moore. I'm sure it will be helpful to other people. I hope that Luna feels happier very soon and that she recovers completely. It's always hard to deal with the fact that a beloved pet is seriously ill. I'm sorry for what you're going through and hope the situation improves soon.
Elaine-Moore on November 10, 2016:
Thank you for this article, it has helped me immensely as my little pup Luna is now going through this. Luna is a 5 month old Pomeranian/chihuahua and although all puppies chew I've never seen her eating anything she shouldn't. On Sunday I took her and my other little dog Millie for their walk, Luna was in fine spirits, running around playing and her behaviour hadn't changed. On the way home from our walk, walking slowly on the lead across the grass she suddenly yelped in pain and began limping. I carried her home and she ran into her bed. I could tell she was in pain, I could see it in her eyes. Me being the worrier that I am I had her at the emergency vets an hour later. The vet checked her paw and leg and couldn't find anything wrong so gave her a painkiller and off home we went. The next morning she was no better, she didn't want to move from her bed, when I put her in the garden she just lay down and started shivering. She was still limping and still obviously in a lot of pain. I took her straight back to the vets and they admitted her to X-ray her leg and do blood tests. All came back clear. They also noticed when examining her that her stomach was a little distended so they scanned her tummy and found she was rather blocked up and decided to give her an enema and then a barium meal so they could see if the dye/meal went through her system normally. 18 hours later the barium dye was still not moved through so she had more images and saw a small foreign body. She had surgery Tuesday were they removed 2 small pieces that were described as rubbery. They kept her in for about 30 hours and I collected her yesterday. It has been a nightmare, the stress and worry made me feel ill too. She is thankfully insured so I didn't have to worry about the financial costs. When I went to collect her I was half bursting with excitement to see her and half sick with dread at what state she would be in. She looked much better than I'd expected but still very unhappy. She didn't even wag her little tail. When we get home she hid in her carrier and wouldn't come out. When she finally emerged a few hours later she was so wary and kept running back to hide. She was also sounding very raspy I'd imagine this was due to the tube they put down her throat, it's almost stopped now. Today she's started to settle again, coming to get cuddles and she's eating well. A few little mouthfuls every few hours. Then when I had to give her her pain meds she reverted back to hiding and cringing when anyone goes near her. She's been through so much and she's sore and frail and so wary of getting hurt. After days of prodding and poking and painful procedures it's like we have to earn her trust all over again. She keeps trying to go upstairs and jump on the sofa etc so I can't take my eyes off her for an instant. It's early days but she seems to be slowly getting better. Fingers crossed she makes a full recovery. It was a shock thinking my dog had hurt her leg but ending up needing surgery for an intestinal blockage. She had actually slightly bruised her leg but if she hadn't hurt her leg and been admitted for tests etc then it could of been much worse. She hadn't shown any signs anything was wrong except that she wasn't eating much for a few days, but like a lot of very small dogs she is fussy and I hadn't worried . But by the day of the surgery she had started retching. If it had been left longer the damage could have been much worse or heaven forbid she wouldn't be with us now. Still a way to go until she is completely out of the woods but it's helped to write it down and I hope my experience with Luna may help someone else going through it with their beloved dog like your story helped me.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 20, 2016:
Best wishes to you and Jenna, Leonie. I hope your dog recovers well.
Leonie. on September 20, 2016:
Very interesting data. We have just had our labrador operated for plastic object obstruction. Keeping fingers crossed our beautiful Jenna will survive and come home to us safely.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 13, 2016:
I hope all goes well with your dog, Shannon. It's good that today's vets can be so helpful in treating our pets.
Shannon on July 13, 2016:
Thank you for this! My dog is suffering and your article hit home! She has an obstruction and has lost a lot of weight. We're on it! Thank you again, Shannon.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 12, 2016:
I'm glad that Ranger's surgery went well. It's always good to hear that a dog has recovered from an intestinal blockage. My dogs don't like wearing cones either, but they are very helpful. Good luck with preventing Ranger from swallowing anything else undesirable!
Ranger's Mom on June 12, 2016:
Well we are on day 4 after surgery. Ranger swollowed a dish rag whole. Gulp and it was gone. We gave it a week to pass but when he started vomiting after eating x-rays showed it was still there. Surgery went well. Ranger is wearing an e cone which he hates but it is a necessity right now. I can tell he itches so the healing has begun. He swollowed a sock once and did throw it up but no luck this time. Im going to have to figure out how to keep him off the kitchen counter.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 26, 2016:
Lily, if this was my dog I would phone a vet clinic or an emergency clinic immediately and ask a vet for advice. Since tampons swell up when they absorb liquid they can definitely create a blockage. I think that it's vital that you contact a veterinarian in order to know what you should do to help your dog. Good luck!
Lily on May 26, 2016:
My dog (husky- 60lbs) accidently ate 4 used tampons. It was while I was away and he somehow got into them... I'd say a couple hours ago.
I don't really know if anything is wrong yet, he has urinated but not pooped, but he is sleeping more than usual..
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 30, 2016:
Hi, Andy. I know from my experience that sometimes the period after surgery can involve problems. It's good that vets today have so many helpful treatments that they can use. I very much hope that your vet discovers why your golden is having problems and is able to help him. Best wishes.
Andy j on March 30, 2016:
My 7 month old Golden had this surgery 2 nights ago. They had to make 4 incisions in his small intestine. He is still not responding as he should. The vet wants blood work and Xrays today. .. :(
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 28, 2016:
My best wishes to you and your dog, Bonnie. I sympathize with anyone in this situation. As I said to Diane above, I'll be thinking of you both. I hope you hear good news soon.
Bonnie on March 28, 2016:
My dog is in emergency surgery right now, waiting for the call to say he made it through..he has a foreign object in his stomach, he loves to eat but does not usually it anything but food, I thought....thank you for your article, just knowing we are not the only ones going through this and your doggie made it through helps..thank you
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 04, 2015:
I'm so sorry about what you are going through, Diane, and wish you and your dog the very best. I'll be thinking of you both during this difficult time. Golden retrievers are wonderful dogs.
Diane Waddington on September 04, 2015:
My 8 year old golden ate a sock in November and had surgery to remove it, they just massaged it out. Two days ago he had surgery to remove a knee high rubber boot. Ate the entire boot, except for the buckle, the inner sole and some lining. Much harder surgery had to cut his abdomen and stomach up to get it out. Not out of the woods yet. Keep praying
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 21, 2015:
Hi, Natalie212. I'm sorry about your dog's experiences, but I'm glad that the true cause of her problem was found and treated. When Ryan had this problem, someone stayed with him and we provided lots of cushioning for him to lie on. If your girl's discomfort continues, you might want to phone the vet's office to get suggestions for making her feel more comfortable. Good luck. I hope your Lab feels better soon.
Natalie212 on April 21, 2015:
What a great and informative article. My black Lab has returned home from the vets today after undergoing intestine and stomach surgery to remove two stones (one the size of a potato in her stomach and a smaller one in her intestine) I wish I had seen this article when her symptoms started on Sunday. She was extremely restless and wouldn't stop being sick, I initially thought it may have been something she had eaten as I had researched her symptoms and most sites recommended to starve her for 24 hours. However I wasn't convinced and phoned the emergency vet that evening. She gave her an anti-sickness and checked her tummy and listened to her gut as anything trapped would be indicated by gas trapped. There was none of these symptoms so we returned home only to return the next morning on the vets advice as she had not improved. She was then X-rayed and rushed in for emergency surgery. They kept her in over night due to risks of infection and she has just returned home on Tuesday afternoon with antibiotics, painkillers and anti acid tablets. She is very whiney and restless. Does anyone have any tips on getting them to settle as I can see she is uncomfortable but doesn't want to lie on her bed. Thanks!
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 14, 2015:
Hi, kellz2015. As far as we know, Ryan didn't have permanent intestinal damage from his adventure. He recovered completely and ate normally once he recovered from the surgery. Best wishes to you and your dog. I hope everything goes well and that he recovers as well as Ryan did.
kellz2015 on April 14, 2015:
This article was extremely informative, I was very happy to see it. We are experiencing the same issue with our Doberman. He had the surgery this morning and they told us that he had some damage (heavy bruising) to the intestines because it was in there for a few days. Did your dog have any intestinal damage caused by the sock? They said they won't really know it was a success until a few days goes by and he is eating and able to digest the food properly. Any information would be helpful! Thanks again
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 24, 2015:
I'm so sorry that you are going through this situation as well, Kae. Ryan didn't experience leakage from his incision, at least as far as we know. When he came home, we didn't allow him to climb stairs for a while. We live in a house with the main living area upstairs and a basement downstairs that connects to our garden. We moved a human mattress downstairs so that Ryan would have good cushioning when he lay down. Someone stayed with him almost constantly as he recovered. He did recover well. I hope Foster does the same thing.
Kae on February 24, 2015:
Great article, thanks so much for sharing your story. Unfortunately we're going through a similar situation right now. Our beloved two year old pup had emergency surgery to remove a sewing needle from his stomach. Like you dog Foster is not the type to eat non food items and I have no earthly idea how and where he would've found a needle. He's been out of surgery now for about 10 hours and still at the vet. So far he has been experiencing some leaking from the incision sight. Did Ryan experience this at all? Also you mentioned that your vet said the 5 day mark is when they're out of the woods I was hoping you could just elaborate a little and give and update on how Ryan recovered? Thanks so much for the info.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 23, 2015:
Thanks for the comment, liz. Best wishes to you and your dog. I hope things go well for him or her.
liz on February 23, 2015:
Thank you so much for this article. Our dog just went thru this today.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 06, 2015:
Hi, LL. Thanks for the comment. I'm sorry that your dog is going through a similar situation to Ryan. Ryan was in the hospital for a total of three days, moving between our own veterinary clinic and the emergency clinic. On his first day at home after the surgery it was easy to keep him quiet, even though we have another dog at home. Ryan didn't feel like doing much at this stage of his recovery! After the first day at home he felt better and it was more difficult to persuade him to rest. We kept him separated from the other dog for a while, but this stage wasn't necessary for long.
Thank you for sharing your experience, which may help other people. Best wishes to you - I hope your boy recovers well.
LL on February 06, 2015:
What a great article you wrote! My 4 year old pug had his abdominal surgery yesterday and they had to go into his intestine. We have 3 pugs but this boy is one that never eats things he shouldn't. What caused our boys blockage was a Brand name Nylabone! He had bitten off chunks somehow and had three good sized chunks in his stomach and intestine, don't use the soft Nylabones.....even for small to medium breeds! They are keeping him overnight because he just isn't doing as well as they had hoped. I'm a mess! He was pretty sick for a couple of days and I wish I bad I would have taken him in sooner, before he became so run down. If anyone suspects their dog may have eaten something they shouldn't, just get them in asap. I never imagined this is what was going on with our little guy....but as you said, it can happen to any of our dogs at any time!
May I ask how long your dog was at the vet and if it is difficult to keep them relaxed at home afterwards? We do have the other two that are younger but I plan on keeping them far apart until he is on the mend. I hope he improves so I even get that chance!
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 29, 2015:
Hi, Sauhard. I'm glad you got the stone removed from your dog! Apart from the advice given to me by my vet, which I've shared in this article, I can't offer any more suggestions for post-surgery care because I'm not a vet myself. I suggest that you contact your veterinary clinic if you have any questions. I hope your lab recovers well.
Sauhard on January 29, 2015:
I have a lab who did the same thing , instead of sock it was a stone, we had his surgery 3 days ago, looking for better advice on post-operatic treatment....hope u can help me. thank you
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 01, 2014:
Kurt, I know how you feel. Remember that today's veterinary surgeons are very well trained and skilled. They have many techniques to help dogs during surgery and afterwards. I've only just seen your comment, so I hope that everything is going okay by now. Best wishes to you and your dog.
Kurt on July 01, 2014:
My soft wheaten is currently in surgery now for this issue. I'm a wreck hoping he will be okay
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 07, 2014:
Thank you for the comment, DDE. I love dogs, too!
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 07, 2014:
Pets with health issues can be a problem without proper care. This hub is most helpful and informative. Dogs are my best pets.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 27, 2013:
Thank you very much for the comment, Peg. I appreciate it. That must been a very scary time for you when Tony had intussusception. I'm so glad that he recovered. Losing a pet is a horrible experience, especially when it's due to illness or injury.
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on April 27, 2013:
Amazing story and beautifully told. These types of unexpected hazards are something to watch out for. Long ago our vet told us not to give our dogs rawhide chewies for this reason. We had a similar experience with our new puppy a few years back. It was plain to see that something was definitely wrong and naturally, the vet asked us each of these questions on the video. Tony turned out to have intussusception and had to have emergency surgery. He's doing fine now at 3 years old, but the going was rough for a while.
Your dogs are absolutely beautiful and this hub should be required reading for all pet owners.
Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 18, 2013:
Thank you for the comment, ignugent17. It is a difficult time when a pet gets sick. For many people a pet is part of the family.
ignugent17 on February 18, 2013:
This is really very useful. Sometimes we just don't know what to do if our pets get sick. Thanks for sharing this information.
Your pictures looks so sweet.