Symptoms of Intestinal Blockage in Dogs

Updated on May 30, 2019
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Adrienne is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, former veterinarian assistant, and author of "Brain Training for Dogs."

Puppies Are Prone to Blockages

Worried your dog has an intestinal blockage? If you own a dog with a ''vacuum cleaner'' reputation, you should be extra careful to recognize the early symptoms of an intestinal blockage.

The list of objects retrieved from dogs' digestive systems each year is quite impressive and, every now and then, surprising. The most commonly found are coins, bones, sticks, parts of toys, socks, stones, buttons, underwear, balls, tampons, and marbles. Though they are digestible up to a certain extent, rawhide chews can also cause trouble for some dogs, especially if they tend to gulp their treats.

Symptoms of an Intestinal Blockage in Dogs

The symptoms of intestinal blockages in dogs vary depending on the location of the blockage in the digestive tract. The most common signs of blockages include:

  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty defecating

If left untreated, a blockage in dogs can lead to fatal complications, such as perforation of the bowels and peritonitis. However, if you can have your dog seen quickly, you can sometimes avoid surgery and have the item removed via endoscopy.

Also, depending on what the dog ate, the vet may suggest inducing vomiting before a blockage occurs; this may work if the dog swallowed a soft item such as a sock.

If your dog just vomits once but otherwise appears okay and continues to have normal bowel movements with no other symptoms, they may have just had an upset stomach that can be treated at home. If your dog isn't pooping, it may also just be constipation, which could also be handled at home (if it's a mild case).

However, constipation in dogs is not very common, and many times dogs who appear to have constipation are in realty having diarrhea with tenesmus (dog feels the urge to have a bout of diarrhea, but nothing comes out or just a few droplets make their way out), rectal pain as it may happen with anal gland problems or they are truly dealing with a blockage.

In general, it's the combination of symptoms that is especially alarming, and even more so, if your dog has a tendency of gulping down things.

Have Your Dog Seen by the Vet Immediately If You Suspect Your Dog Has Swallowed Something

Dogs that begin to appear listless or uninterested in food, start vomiting, have abdominal pain, pass bloody or tarry stools, strain to pass stools, or just do not act normally should be seen by the vet immediately.

Dog Intestinal Blockage Timeline

Location of Blockage
Symptoms
Time to Show Up (Usually)
Esophagus
Licking lips, swallowing a lot, regurgitating right after being fed
Shortly after swallowing something
Stomach
Vomiting that occurs within a few hours of eating. This type is usually caused by large, smooth items.
A few hours
Small intestine
Vomiting after eating, abdominal pain, distended abdomen, fever, shock
Varies
Toward end of small intestine
Vomiting usually takes place 7 - 8 hours after eating, diarrhea
7 - 8 hours after eating or later
Overall, symptoms of an intestinal blockage usually occur within 24 hours of swallowing something. However, the sooner an item lodges itself, the sooner symptoms will occur. Keep in mind, however, that an item a dog ate might not lodge itself until m

A Rough Timeline of When Blockage Symptoms Show Up

Considering that the transit time for items to move through the gastrointestinal tract is anywhere between 10 and 24 hours, no matter what it is—a tampon, corn on the cob, or chicken bone. The symptoms of an intestinal blockage generally occur within 24 hours after swallowing the problematic item.

However, depending on where the item lodges, the time frame may vary—the earlier in the system the item is lodged, the sooner symptoms will emerge.

If the blockage is in the esophagus, symptoms appear rather quickly after swallowing the object. Affected dogs will likely:

  • Lick their lips.
  • Swallow a lot.
  • Regurgitate right after being fed. The vomit may emerge in an oblong tubular shape and may include undigested kibble in large pieces.

They also often suffer from dehydration because they're unable to eat and drink properly. Because they are unable to keep food down, these dogs go downhill pretty quickly.

If the blockage is in the stomach, the pylorus is often blocked, which will prevent food from making it through the intestinal tract. Therefore, episodes of vomiting will usually occur within a few hours after eating. The objects that most commonly create blockages in the stomach are large smooth items, such as golf balls, marbles, and bones.

If the blockage is in the small intestine, the object was able to make it through the pylorus but got stuck in the bends of the small intestine. When this happens, gas accumulates, causing the intestine to become distended. Eventually, the blood supply may be cut off, causing the tissues to die.

In this case, dogs will begin vomiting soon after eating and display symptoms including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Distended abdomen
  • Fever
  • Shock

This can even lead to death if left untreated.

If the blockage is further down the road, towards the end of the small intestine, diarrhea becomes a more common symptom. Vomiting may still occur, but will take place 7-8 hours after eating.

Symptoms Do Not Always Happen Immediately

Some blockage symptoms may not occur immediately because the object may only be partially blocking the digestive system at first. For instance, a dog once came into our office six days after swallowing part of a stuffed animal. What happened was that the foreign item bobbed around the dog's stomach for a few days before moving into the narrow small intestines and creating problems.

The relatively large size of the canine esophagus allows it to swallow objects much larger than what can safely pass through the intestines.

— Kris Ann Fazio, DVM

My Dog Swallowed a Bone! What to Do?

This is something quite common. You look away from the table for one second, only to discover your dog reaching up to snatch a chicken wing. As soon as you chase him, he swallows it whole. What do you do in this case?

Cooked bones are more likely to splinter than raw bones, presenting a danger to your pet. Here are three things you can feed your dog that hopefully will help protect his stomach and intestinal lining by wrapping around the bone and allowing it to move through his system smoothly.

  • 1/2 to 1 slice of high-fiber bread
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of plain canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice

After that, all that remains to do is to wait and see.

As mentioned above, dogs that begin to appear listless or uninterested in food, start vomiting, have abdominal pain, pass bloody or tarry stools, strain to pass stools, or just do not act normally should be seen by the vet immediately.

For more details with some tips from vets, visit What to Do If My Dog Ate Chicken Bones?

What If My Dog Swallowed . . . .

"Food" Item
Dangerous to Swallow?
What to Do If Your Dog Swallows It
Cooked chicken, pork, or rib bones
Yes. Cooked bones can crack and splinter, which can be harmful to your dog at any point in the gastrointestinal tract, from entrance to exit.
Feed your dog 1/2 to 1 slice of high fiber food and watch carefully for signs of injury or blockage.
A corn cob
Can cause problems if your dog swallows it whole or large chunks of it.
Watch carefully for signs of obstruction
Rawhide
Can cause an obstruction if your dog swallows large pieces of it
If your dog tends to try to gulp rawhides, don't give them as treats. If they swallow a large chunk, watch for signs of obstruction.
Tampons
Yes. They can swell and cause an obstruction.
Try to determine how much your dog ate so you can give the vet as much information as possible (if you end up going). Watch your dog closely for warning signs.

How Worried You Should Be About Swallowed Bones? A Vet Explains

If You Go to the Vet: Diagnosis of a Gastrointestinal Foreign Body

Veterinarians will start with a physical examination. They will palpate the dog's abdomen looking for signs of pain and distention—often, they will even be able to feel the foreign object during this step.

X-rays may reveal the object ingested and its exact location, but not all items may be visible with an x-ray. For instance, a rock may show up easily, but a piece of rawhide bone may not.

In some cases, the vet may need to feed your dog barium to make certain items visible on x-rays. The vet can then determine if the item is likely going to pass on its own or if surgery may be needed.

Always supervise your dog when given toys and bones to prevent foreign body ingestion.
Always supervise your dog when given toys and bones to prevent foreign body ingestion.

Treatment for Small Objects Ingested Less Than Two Hours Ago

If the dog ingested the foreign object less than two hours ago and the object is safe to bring back up, veterinarians may recommend inducing vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide.

Call your vet ASAP to see if it is safe to induce vomiting (if the object was toxic or sharp, it may not be). If it is, your vet will tell you how much hydrogen peroxide to use. In some cases, if this does not work, the vet may administer more effective medications to induce vomiting.

Note: Do not try to induce vomiting without asking a vet's advice. Some items may be dangerous to bring back up! Consult with your vet about when it's appropriate to induce vomiting and when it's not.

How to Induce Vomiting If a Small Foreign Body Was Ingested Less Than Two Hours Ago

Other Cases of Removing a Dog's Bowel Obstruction

In other cases, the object can be retrieved with an endoscope (a tool used for looking inside of your dog's body) armed with utensils made for grasping the object. This is helpful if the object is still in the stomach and is not easy to grasp.

Unfortunately, once the object has made its way through the pylorus and the small intestine, surgery is needed.

If there is necrosis (tissue death) of some parts of the intestine, they will need to be removed along with the foreign object and the two ends of the intestinal tract will need to be sutured back together.

Prognosis

Prognosis varies depending on the severity of the obstruction and the presence of complicating factors such as necrosis or peritonitis. Most pets recover fine. However, post-surgery, dogs must be monitored for any signs of leakage from the intestinal tract. Fever and abdominal pain should be reported to the vet immediately.

After surgery, the dog will have to gradually work its way back to solid foods. It should eat a liquid diet for the first few days. Then you can gradually introduce mushy, soft food until the vet allows a normal diet. The dog may also need to wear an Elizabethan collar to prevent him from chewing on his stitches.

How to Prevent Intestinal Blockages

  • Keep an eagle eye on your pet. It takes only seconds for them to wolf down a toy while you are turning your back.
  • Never give cooked bones (they are more likely to splinter), rawhide, or unsafe toys to dogs with a vacuum-cleaner reputation.
  • Keep your dog out of the trash—especially after a barbeque. Steak bones, rib bones, and turkey carcasses are big troublemakers when swallowed.
  • Always make sure toys are larger than the dog's throat (and, therefore, impossible to swallow).
  • Teach the drop-it-and-leave-it command.

How Dangerous Is the Item My Dog Swallowed? Here Is a List of the Worst Offenders

While anything ingested is dangerous when it blocks the dog's gastro-intestinal tract, there are some items that may do further damage as they pass through. Here are some items that are known for causing complications when swallowed:

  • Pennies—Pennies often cause of intestinal obstruction in dogs. What's more, they also may cause zinc toxicity if they were minted after 1982.
  • Strings—A string may appear to be an innocent object. But once in the intestinal tract, its waves of movement may cause the intestine to bunch up like an accordion. As the string gets tighter, it may eventually cut through the intestines. This is known as a linear foreign body.
  • Alkaline Batteries—A dog's teeth can puncture the battery, releasing acids that may corrode the dog's throat and stomach. Dogs that have ingested alkaline batteries should not be induced to vomit, as their contents are corrosive and can cause more harm on the way up. Consult with a vet promptly or call poison control.
  • Cat Litter—Because the litter may start clumping once ingested, it can cause problems—especially if your dog has eaten a large amount.
  • Sharp Objects—Oddly, sometimes sharp objects pass uneventfully because the intestinal tract detects their sharpness and does not spasm around them as it does with smoother objects. Should your dog swallow something sharp, try feeding him 1/2 to 1 slice of high-fiber bread that will wrap around the bone, hopefully protecting the stomach and intestinal lining. Alternately, you can feed him 1/4 to 1/2 cup of plain canned pumpkin or 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice.
  • Tampons—The issue with tampons is that they are manufactured to swell with moisture. When this happens inside the dog, it creates problems and ups the chances for intestinal blockage. If this happens, feed your dog one of the foods recommended for ingesting sharp objects (listed above) to help prevent the plastic from scraping against the intestinal lining.

How Much Will Surgery Cost

If your pooch is unlucky enough to need surgery, you could be spending a hefty amount of money. Prices, of course, vary by region and the kind of operation that is needed.

According to Dr. Phil Zeltzman, surgery varies also by what part of the dog's body is being operated on. His blog gives the following numbers for the different kinds of surgery:

  • Mouth: $370
  • Esophagus: $920
  • Stomach: $1,140
  • Small intestine: $1, 640
  • Colon (or large intestine): $640

These are just averages, however. So you might pay one-third or three times these amounts depending on your location, the type of doctor that you see, and the clinic or hospital that you go to.

Wishing Your Pet Good Health!

Good luck with your pet! Hopefully you won't need to see the vet, but if you think you do, don't hesitate.

And remember, for dogs that love to eat everything, be extra vigilant and careful about what you leave around.

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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

  • What should I do if my dog has an intestinal blockage?

    If you suspect your dog has an intestinal blockage, your dog should see the vet. Left untreated, the intestines can become injured by pressure necrosis, which can potentially lead to intestinal perforation.A serious infection in the abdominal cavity may arise (peritonitis) and this is life-threatening. So if this is a true intestinal obstruction, things can take a turn for the worse if no action is taken. Your vet will examine your dog and likely take x-rays. Surgery may be needed if there is truly a blockage. If you can't afford the vet, there is an interest-free credit card known as Care Credit which is accepted by many vets nowadays.

  • My dog ate a burger with a wrapper, and he seems to be sick. He’s licking his lips, looks a little dehydrated, but he’s eating and drinking. He’s also playful. Will he be okay?

    In most cases, the wrapper should pass fine in a large dog if it was just the paper, as paper breaks down when exposed to the acids of the stomach. You might see digestive upset such as vomiting or diarrhea due to the diet change and greasy meal. Some dogs prone to it may develop pancreatitis when eating greasy foods. If you notice any vomiting, attempting to vomit with no success, lethargy or anorexia, then you should have your dog seen by a vet just to be safe

  • My Shih Tzu ate a small portion of corn cob did not show signs for six days. What happened during those six days? She sadly passed away.

    Corn cobs are sadly very problematic considering that they are not digested and they can cause damage as they pass through. Usually, dogs with intestinal blockages show signs. They rarely go from healthy and happy to sickly and then to the brink of dying in a matter of minutes. However, it can happen that it lodges in such a way as to cause a partial blockage (causing little to no symptoms) and then goes on to become complete.

    The main concern with corn cobs is pressure necrosis. This happens from direct compression of the blood supply of the intestine. Lack of blood supply leads to necrosis, basically tissue death. If necrosis progresses to all layers of the bowel, the bowel may become perforated, that is, a hole may develop causing leakage. Leakage of contents of the intestine into the abdominal cavity, can cause a serious infection (peritonitis) which can bring death within a few hours.

  • I think my seven-month-old puppy might have swallowed a small plastic toy approximately a week ago. I have been watching him, and he seems to be acting normal. He has vomited a few times and had some diarrhea, but he has been eating and having normal size bowel movements. So I'm not sure if I should rush him to a vet for X-rays or will he be alright?

    Since there is vomiting and diarrhea, it may not be a bad idea to take X-rays, just to play it safe. A partial obstruction is a possibility.

  • My 6-month-old dog got ahold of my small dog's mini bully sticks. I was hoping she chewed them first, but 5-7 hours later she threw up the chucks of bully sticks, grass (she likes leaves and grass) and her food. She then had liquid diarrhea and has been extremely lethargic. It has been about an hour since throwing up, and she has not to eaten or drank. Could it be that she threw the bad stuff up and is just feeling ill and recovering? Or should we see the vet?

    Only a vet visit and x-ray can tell you whether there is a blockage going on or not. Generally, large breed pups pass things more easily than smaller breed pups due to the diameter of their digestive tract. It is good news though that she has vomited the chunks of the bully stick. Hopefully, that was all of it. The upset tummy is not uncommon when dogs eat things they are not used to; therefore, it is possible she is just feeling ill from eating all that. I would suggest seeing the vet if she keeps acting ill and doesn't give signs of recovering, also because she can get dehydrated quickly if she keeps vomiting and having diarrhea.

© 2009 Adrienne Janet Farricelli

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      Caroline 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi, I have an english bulldog and yesterday he swallowed a large watermelon skin. The next day, he started to vimit(8-10 times), he drinks alot of water but later on vomits it out, he is sleeping alot too, looks sad and depressed, he doesnt want to eat anything, and is breathing heavy. I told my mom but she said that maybe he will be okay later but i worry about him. Do you think he would be okay for a couple of more days? Or should we take him right now to the vet?

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      Marlene Sam 

      7 weeks ago

      My 1 year old Border Collie, Willow died last week due to a small intestinal obstruction. Willow puked 3 times the on a Wednesday, I called the vet that night, they agreed to see Willow first thing in the morning. Willow vomited small amounts that morning on our way to the vet. Vet performed an abdominal physical exam, said she felt fine. Vet told me she look dehydrated, so they gave her an under the skin IV. Took x-rays, said they looked fine. Vet said she had gastroenteritis and sent us home with wet dog food, antibiotics, anti-nausea pills. Well, Willow wouldn't eat, so I syringe fed her for the following three days, that was a Friday through Sunday. Monday morning arrived, and that being the last day of Willow's antibiotics, I was hoping she would have gotten better by then, but hadn't. I called the vet back, they told me to bring her in. I took her in right away, a different vet felt her abdomen and immediately felt it. He told me she needed emergency surgery but not to worry, she had an 80% of full recovery. But I knew better, and sure enough he called me to tell the damage to her intestines was too extensive and that repairing the damage tissue would be impossible I urged him to do whatever it took, cost has never been an issue for my Willow. He told me it was too late. Willow never woke up.

      If you suspect your dog has eaten a foreign object or material, DO NOT leave the vets office until they have performed a thorough investigation and has retrieved the item suspected. One string, literally one string could cost your dog their life. And cost you the worst heartache imaginable. 4UWillow!

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      Holly 

      2 months ago

      My senior beagle got into a pack of baby wipes. We had no idea how many he ate. The following day he started vomiting undigested kibble. This continued for another 3/4 days. We never took him to the vet because he was still acting normal and had a normal appetite (we continued to feed him but in smaller portions). He then threw up 2 large clumps of condensed baby wipes. He since then threw up a single kibble couple hours after his last meal. Should we still be concerned that something is wrong?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      2 months ago

      Duke, this is a difficult situation. If your puppy chewed it up in pieces that is much better than swallowing it whole or in large pieces. If this happened less than two hours ago, you can call an emergency-24 hours vet and ask whether it may be worthy inducing vomiting. If yes, they may give you instructions on dosing. If past the two hours, you typically have two choices, seeing the vet for x-rays to see if it's passing well or waiting and watching for signs. If so, keep an eye on your puppy's poop (you might have to inspect it with a stick) to see if it all passes through. Usually, should show up in poop anywhere between 24 and 72 hours.

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      Duke 

      2 months ago

      My 4 month husky ate bow head tie woven with a elastic band what do I do he is acting eating pooping normally

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      Carol curtis 

      3 months ago

      Hi I am worried sick ,my dog may have swallowed my bridge with a false tooth ,I thought I had just misplaced it so I haven’t worried,but it may have been swallowed ,it’s been about 6 days now,with no,vomiting,no pain in the stomach ,running around and going for walks with no trouble,eating normal and going to the toilet.will be taken him to the vet tomorow as I can’t stop worring thank you

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      3 months ago

      Any time dogs show signs of an intestinal blockage they should see a vet to play it safe. Vomiting (especially repeatedly) and not eating is particularly concerning and so is not having bowel movements. Shivering can be seen at times just because of stomach discomfort due to eating something unusual and is not necessarily a sign of a blockage. It can be challenging at times telling apart a blockage from digestive upset due to a dietary indiscretion.Feeding high-fiber bread

      or cooked brown rice can help with digestion and let things move out, but then. if there is a blockage that cannot pass, waiting can make things worse as the faster things are caught the better. It's always best to just play it safe and just see the vet.

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      meglaze1 

      3 months ago

      I'm watching a 6 yr old chihuahua and last night she got a hold of a cooked pork bone and chewed it all night. Today she has no appetite and has not had a bowel movement. She is shivering a lot too. What can I give her so she can have a bowel movement?

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      Daisy Lane 

      4 months ago

      My dog has had a hard swollen stomach for a few weeks now. He is prone to delving into our bathroom bin which sometimes has used sanitary pads in. He has partly eaten one in the past so I'm wondering if he has eaten one without me knowing. He would have ripped this however and not eaten it while (if he even has). Other than his stomach being swollen though he is eating and pooing quite normal and doesn't seem any more lethargic than he usually is. Do I need to worry?

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      Lyndsay 

      4 months ago

      My dog ate a giant marble a week ago (we didn’t know if he ate it or if my son lost it) he’s been vomiting a bit and today had a large loose bowel movement with the marble in it. It appeared black but once I strayed to clean it it was just very dark brown with no visible blood. I called the vet and they said to monitor him. Should I do anything else?

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      Jess 

      4 months ago

      My 6 month old boston chewed plastic cup i found most of it however there is small pieces missing and she wont stay out of our litter box. She now doesnt have much of an appetite and seems to have trouble keeping any thing down. She had a small runny bowel movement and had some trouble getting it out any thing i can do to help her pass them and get her back to normal? Plz and thank u

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      Erin 

      4 months ago

      I suspected my dog of swallowing a piece of a toy but he has shown no symptoms, no distress, no blockage. Is it possible that the item would sit in his stomach? If so, how long can something remain in the stomach and would it eventually cause health issues? Thank you.

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      Lynn 

      5 months ago

      My 10 month old husky isn't eating his food. A couple bites but not a lot. He is eating treats and drinking his water and playing like normal. He did eat a rawhide and has a couple molars coming in so he loves to chew. Just curious to why he may not be eating like he usually does. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      5 months ago

      Sofie, so sorry to hear about your sister's dog having this problem right under the holidays. Plastic can be challenging and doesn't always show up in x-rays unfortunately. Did the specialist give any reasonable explanation as to why they weren't able to retrieve the plastic? It sounds like this specialist owes some explanations. Did the dog have diarrhea lately? Sometimes after having diarrhea, dogs won't go for some days. If the dog appears to be straining and only a few drops of diarrhea come out, you may be seeing tenesmus which is often seen with diarrhea. Also, after surgery many dogs won't defecate because they are fasted and they may be in pain. Just adding a few possible contributing factors. I think your sister needs to speak to the vet to provide an update and have a few things clarified. If your dog seems uncomfortable, please have her seen by an emergency vet which is open over the holidays. Hopefully, this will pass soon. Best wishes.

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      sofie21617 

      5 months ago

      My sisters dog had eaten a plastic piece from a toy, it got stuck, she went for xray's & IV fluids at the vet. They told her they didn't see anything in xray & that she needs to go to the hospital right away. She took her immediately to a specialist who quoted her $5k worst case scenario. She ended up staying overnight & was getting more fluids then they performed surgery. The one piece of plastic they said was in her colon & they could not remove it. Its been a week now & it still has not passed, her dog has a couple drips of loose stool but has not been able to go or pass the plastic. When my sister calls the specialist they tell her theres nothing they can do & that she needs to be patient. I would think that since they were already inside her during the surgery, couldn't they have gotten it out then? I don't feel like its good that her dog still cannot go #2, I'm ready to call up the local news & tell them about this specialist. $3700 later & my sisters poor baby is still uncomfortable in pain & has not been able to go to the bathroom :'(

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      Maricela Martinez-shields 

      6 months ago

      my 4 month old pup eats her blanket thats over her kennel and she whines when she tries pooping what can we give her to help her out....please help

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      Kathy 

      7 months ago

      My three month old puppy swallowed a hard piece of plastic from a Halloween decoration she seems to be fine And playing

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      isobel.waller@blueyonder,co,uk 

      7 months ago

      my 2 yr old dog, while we have just been out walking in the dark,-- has I feel sure managed to swallow a piece of cling film thrown down fro a sandwich wrapper -I tried to remove from his mouth but his teeth were clenched tight --I threw down treats but it was too late and it has gone over -I searched his mouth when he did allow after the treats but nothing HELP !!

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      Sharath chandra t 

      8 months ago

      Hello guys my 1 year old dog ate mutton bones about 5 to 6 in last 10 days ago, now it's not eating/drinking anything from past 5 days, we staying in village not able to treat in good veterinary hospital, we giving glucose but vomiting blood motion fully tired now it's not able to stand please help me

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      Shellwinter69@gmail.com 

      8 months ago

      My dog chelsea in pain when she goes for a poo she been like it for 2 mth she been to vets 5 time they said her bck legs she on pain killers dont know what to do for best

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      Snavdr@gmail.com 

      9 months ago

      My dog ate, right after eating he puked, 3times I took him to the vet, he stayed over night, they took x-rays. They found no blockage. He was dehydrated. He has not and will not eat or drink anything..

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      Kelsey 

      10 months ago

      My chihuahua ate a piece of gum yesterday. We induced vomiting and she seemed fine. Today though she can’t keep any food down. She is defaccating normally and seems in good spirits. Is there a blockage or is her stomach still weak or something? Please help.

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      kathy 

      10 months ago

      Hello,

      Please be careful! My dog had intermittent diarrhea, and slight vomiting. But I came home on Tuesday nite, and she was very ill. My vet could not see her. Took her to emergency vet, after blood work Xrays, iv and pain meds, they informed me that surgery would be $5000 to $7000 and they really did not know if she would fully recover.

      I am so saddened, I had no choice but euthanasia.

      I loved my 1 1/2 Yorkie, but could not allow her to be in so much pain. And when did costs for pet care become so outrageous?

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      Derek Ingley 

      10 months ago

      My Dog Swallowed a peice of Metal aluminium off one of those food containers

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      Chandra 

      10 months ago

      My dog was fine at lunch but when I came home he wasn’t back acting himself. He had a lot of pain in his back legs and rib area. He went pee but I had to hand feed him and he won’t drink water. I’m scared he might have eaten a stick. He won’t come out of his kennel.

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      Amanda 

      10 months ago

      My little boy was playing with those sizzling noise magnets and my 7month old puppy got to it before we could, and swallowed it. I know he for sure only swallowed one NOT 2. Hes still playful, eating, drinking.. But will he pass it? Will he be okay? Is there anything i can do to make it easier to pass? Anything i shouldnt do? We dont have the $ for a vet but he is part of our family. Any advice appreciated.

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      Jesse foster 

      11 months ago

      What should i do ..My dog got ahold of a pillow and ate the stuffing ...he threw up most of it that night ...the next day he threw up a little more about the size of a golf ball his vile was a brownish tent when this happend...after that i took him for a walk and he came back in and drank some water...less the. He usally dose then went and layed down ...he hasnt ate any dog food in 24 hours but i did give him a piece of turkey and he ate that and kept it down ...any suvustions on what i should do

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      11 months ago

      My dog was a rescued senior she ate a chicken bone showed no signs of distress had a large bowel movement /several hours later panting hicups. I thought it will go away never had this happen before she died

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      12 months ago

      Blababby, An x-ray would be the best way although it may not detect a partial obstruction very well. Another way is to watch for signs of an obstruction (vomiting, pain, loss of appetite,diarrhea). These may show up in the first day or two but there are no rules in stone since the squeaker may move around uneventfully before lodging somehere. See your vet right away as the first sign. Another thing you can do is to examine through the stools to see if it has passed. Generally you should expect it to come out in the first 48-72 hours but as you may attest sometimes it may take longer if it gets temporarily lodged somehere.

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      blababby 

      12 months ago

      3 days ago I bought my 7 year old , ~60 pound dog a new toy that had 3 small squeakers in it- he normally destroys his toys but he doesn't usually eat the squeakers. But when I went to pick up the fluff remains, I didn't see a single squeaker on the floor. Fast forward 3 days and I still haven't found a squeaker. Rosco, my dog, is eating and drinking just as much as usual. He hasn't vomited at all and is going potty as usual. I could have sworn I heard a squeaking sort of sound when he was breathing heavily earlier but I'm not 100% certain. I recently moved about an hour away from the vet where I used to take him and haven't found a vet nearby that I like yet. I just want to know what to look out for and if it's possible for this swallowed object to cause damage later down the line. Is an x-ray the only way to determine if he ate the squeakers?

      My dog has a history of eating paper products (cotton balls, "feminine products", old napkins out of the trash, you name it) and I always am worried it will affect his organs but they always seem to pass eventually, sometimes not for almost a week after he ate them. How long should I wait to bring him in if he is still asymptomatic and generally has no trouble passing "foreign objects"?

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      Ashley 

      13 months ago

      My puppy ate a small mouse catnip toy of our cats last night. So far everything seems normal, she pooped this morning but there was no mouse toy in it. Should we keep waiting or go to the vet or what should we do?

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      Kimberly 

      15 months ago

      I have a real hoover super action I'll call it He's 2 month's old and costed 600 in vet bill cause he was act really weird and scared me thinking maybe he ate rat poison the way he was acting I went so crazy cause I rushed him to vet and it took foreverse them to see him I was pacing ready to knock a vet cause I'm thinking I'm gonna lose one of my litter babies fearing my worst nightmare till finally they seen him they took him to check that took forever and finally called me in told me me an xray showed something in his stomach so they gave him apamorphine to make him vomit Oh Boy!! He had pieces of cardboard,plastic ,pieces of wires,and carpet string It was crazy cause I can't figure out how he ate them now he's 3 months I have to watch him like a hawk cause he eats everything his mouth touches but I'm just happy he's alive and most adorable pugyorkie mix you ever seen I love him so much

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      16 months ago

      Donna, so sorry. Plastic is one of the worse things as it's sharp and can get lodged and cause a dog intestinal blockage. Please don't blame yourselves, accidents like this happen a lot. Puppies are very quick in ingesting stuff.

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      Donna 

      16 months ago

      So thought puppy swallowed some plastic bits we found on bed .Had some emesis during the night and than tried to eat,Took to vet in am examined also had a formed bm that am.Vet gave some fluids nausea meds and shot of antibiotic and to take some oral abt .appt to come back in few days.Puppy just looked like dont feel well.Sons puppy brought him home resting next day came over looked alittle better.during day had taken some water few times and didnt always keep it down by 4 pm had small loose dark stool.By 7pm got up and puppy was stumbling had large loose dark stool,we rushed to ER,His bp was low temp low also bs wasnt able to stabilze him.Ultrasound ok at first than showed some fluid.He was intubated and was struggling so son said let him go.We have been going thru hell and blaming ourselves.

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      Josh AZ 

      16 months ago

      My 3yr old pup chewed a cat food can and swallowed a bit of the tin. After reading this page and looking threw the comments I made the decision to feed her a half cup of cooked brown rice with some coconut oil. Roughly 36 hours later she pooped out a little ball of brown rice containing the piece of tin. I am so thankful for ever one that made this page and these comments possible! And I hope my story helps another pup in need!!!

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      Mivred Carter 

      16 months ago

      Have a Doberman, he eats everything, he has lethargy, only drinks , has not popped in 5 days , has intestinal blockage, will mineral oil be use full on block !? Please help someone !

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      Becca 

      16 months ago

      My dog is eating and drinking somewhat normally,but a couple of hours later,she always throw`s it back up. I know they say you shouldn't get a dog unless you can afford a vet bill. But she was a rescue boxer from a puppy mill,and I just knew they would put her down if she went to a shelter so I took her. What do I do with no money for a vet?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      16 months ago

      Debra, sounds like a vet visit is in order. Please see the vet.

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      Debra carter 

      16 months ago

      I have a small 2 year old mix breed dog that weights around 10 to 15 lbs she has been sheriving off and on all day about a hour ago it got worse and she got diarrhea first it was brown mucus like then it turned green now it is bloody not sever but has blood and she stopped eating and drinking. I need some advice please help

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      16 months ago

      Ellie those symptoms may be concerning. Only your vet can truly find out what is going on. I would suggest finding a way to come up with the money (care credit/ loan from relatives, etc)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      16 months ago

      Stella, how is your dog doing?

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      Ellie Corless 

      17 months ago

      Hey, my dog is lethargic and doesn't drink as much anymore and his abdomen seems to be slightly bloated. I want to take him to the vets but my mum says that until she gets paid next month we can't and I'm really worried about my dog.

      What's wrong with him?

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      Brad 

      17 months ago

      My dog had a blockage. She pooped but won't eat or drink and we have been syringe feeding her for a week. She has a vet appointment in 2 days. We live in Montana and have no clue what is wrong with her. Has anyone seen this in their dog before?

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      stella vadakin 

      17 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      My dog got a chicken bone during Christmas. I gave her raw pumpkin, white bread and she seems to be better, but every once in a while lets out a scream. We are going to vet on Monday.

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      Kamie Macias 

      17 months ago

      Hi my dog seen a vet yesterday and an X-ray was done. It showed he had a pretzel stuck in his stomach and his small intestines was kind of big. The doctor sent me home with medicine. But 24 hours later he still isn’t eating or drinking. Is this normal

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      Lola 

      17 months ago

      My dog got fed bones without my knowledge few days of feeling sluggish, started vomiting and having projectile bloody diarrhea. I took her to the vet and they ran a bunch of diagnostics. Got her started on iv fluids and antibiotics cause her red blood cells were so low from being so sick. The doctor couldn’t take her to surgery due to her condition. She wasn’t stable. I felt so bad I didn’t take her in any sooner. She ended up passing away during stabilization. It sounds like the bones perforated her intestine and she was bleeding internally.

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      Am 

      18 months ago

      My dog had his second surgery in just 2 years of eachother in October. He has now eaten something else, I know he has a blockage and he received IV fluids from the vet because i can't afford another surgery. She hopes that will help make it pass...i don't think so. How many surgeries do you have?

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      krish 

      18 months ago

      My dog ate nail what can I do for my dog

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      Denine 

      18 months ago

      My small dog swallowed a whole piece of turkey bone the size half of my thumb about 12hours ago. He seems normal but I'm monitoring him to see any abnormal signs.

      Hope he passes it out and no blockages occur

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      sujay deshmukh 

      18 months ago

      sir/mam

      my dog has ate bones before 8days and he vomit some of them before 3days ....he is trying to do toilet,potty(feces) but is unable and only blood is coming while potty....I think that some of bone pieces have block in his intestine and is unable to do potty.....I beg u sir plz help me.....I beg u.....plz help....here technology is not developed and simple treatment are done plz help me ......are there any home remedies plz help....his condition is very bad.....plz help....

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      Dianne Inskeep 

      19 months ago

      I saw my dog ate a piece of rawhide bone at least an inch to inch and a half I took him to the vet he had X-rays in fact I took him three times nothing ever showed up they say rawhide bone sometimes don't show up on x-ray it's been 7 weeks now I'm wondering could it still be inside of him? And something might happen to him later what should I do?

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      Heidi coleman 

      19 months ago

      My dog ate a pair of my daughters underwear so a small pair and a sock. He puked both of them up along with his breakfast and then proceeded to puke bile up over the next hour. He is refusing to eat now and seems a little lethargic. This is not the first time he has eaten something but normally he would still eat his dinner. This time he won't.

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      Cassandra 

      19 months ago

      My dog has got my sewing kit and I have no idea what she ingested. Now she is vomiting Clear foamy liquid and diarrhea bloody brown stool. I called vet the said they had no beds and to give her Gatorade and pepto bimol. Dose any one have advise

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      Sheryl and Charlie 

      20 months ago

      Charlie is my 2yr old lab. He eats everything. No matter how much I try keeping him out of stuff. He won't stop. Now I am thinking he ate something and its either stuck or he is constipated. What can I give him to flush it out?

      Thank you,

      Sheryl

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      TO Claudia 

      21 months ago

      If ur dog is not pooping; something is wrong.

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      Alyźa Timplanza 

      21 months ago

      Last week, sept 1, my dog ate bones (chicken wings) and then hours passed I always see her like she wants to vomit something but nothing came out. And then earlier in the morning (sept 7) she vomit yellow liquid and shes in her period and i feel that shes kinda lack of energy but a while ago she eat some dof food and play with other dogs. Should i be worried?

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      AL 

      21 months ago

      Last week, sept 1, my dog ate bones (chicken wings) and then hours passed I always see her like she wants to vomit something but nothing came out. And then earlier in the morning (sept 7) she vomit yellow liquid and shes in her period and i feel that shes kinda lack of energy but a while ago she eat some dof food and play with other dogs. Should i be worried?

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      Larry Fish 

      21 months ago

      Last year my beagle ate some wood mulch that the apartment complex puts around the trees. My beagle always had a reputation of grabbing anything as I walked her around. The wood mulch got stuck in her intestines. She was vomiting bad and also had diarrhea. We got her to the vet and she stayed overnight. Finally the blockage was taken care of. Now when I walk her she wears a muzzle. It is for her own safety, and avoids another $1,000 vet bill.

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      Jamie 

      21 months ago

      I have an almost 2 yr old Great Dane. I believe he swallowed a nylon. Not a full pantyhose but a short little sock one. He has absolutely no symptoms except diarrhea and possibly some excess gas. It has been 3 days. Should I be worried?

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      Claudia 

      22 months ago

      My dog ate my bobby pin about 24 hours ago. She is behaving totally bormal with no symptoms of discomfort at all. She is playing well amd eating well. However, she is not shitting. She did not shit the entire day after consuming the bobby pin. But when i try to massage her stomach, there was no signs of pain. She was rather comfortable and even fell asleep as i rub her stomach. I want to ask if there is anything wrong with her intestines? Any intestinal blockage? She is behaving absolutely fine, she is just not shitting.

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      Ally 

      22 months ago

      My dog has eaten a lot of weird things, everything has passed. But my family went camping this weekend, and decided to give my dog a cooked bone from pork. I thought everything would be fine because he passes everything, well yesterday he pooped a little bit and it was hard to pass, this morning he couldn't poop and whined because he couldn't. I had to work so I took him to daycare( yes I pay for doggy daycare he is my baby), and told them what was happening so I could go to work for an hour and then leave and come back to get him, he pooped at daycare and they collected it for me and it had some bone fragments in it, still not a lot of poop, so I took him to the vet and she took an X-ray and the only thing she found was gas pockets, what do gas pockets mean? Is it something serious to worry about? Last time he ate rope he had the same thing but didn't struggle to poop he was vomiting, so I have no clue what to think about him having gas pockets, is everything going to pass ok?? The vet gave him some meds and a shot and told me to feed him a bland diet like eggs and hamburger, but I want to make sure nothing is going to happen to my baby! He is a large dog, 66lbs coonhound/pit mixed.

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      DeAnna 

      22 months ago

      WARNING: My daughter's boxer ate 5 tampons on a Monday night, we took her to the vet on Tuesday morning, but she still DIED on Thursday!! PLEASE do not hesitate to go to the vet if your dog eats a feminine product or diaper.

      The vet gave the dog lubricant to pass it, but it didn't work. She also received antibiotic IV and sub Q fluids because she couldn't even keep water down.

      We have learned that (even with barium xray), these products do not show on an xray. By the time they get to the intestines, there could be infection (as was in our case), and the strings from tampons can wreak havoc. She died from massive internal bleeding and infection, and by the time the bleeding started, it was too late to do surgery.

      If we had to do it again, we would have insisted that the vet do surgery ASAP.

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      Jimmy 

      22 months ago

      What about paper towels? They don't show up on an X-ray, but do they pass without issue in small and large dogs?

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      Ashtyn 

      23 months ago

      My dog eats anything and everything. I keep a good eye on her but it only take a second and my roommate also lets her out. She has pooped out string before, rubber from a toy, she ate my pillow the other day and pooped out foam and plastic before. All was intact but I am worried about her intestine. Is there any home remedies I can give her to help clear it out? Can't really afford vet. She has no symptoms of pain, vomoiying or extended stomach . I'm just worried because of all the stuff I am finding in her poop

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      milo 

      23 months ago

      the puppy Swallowed a chew stick about two inches long. i read this page and tried the hyd. peroxide and it worked the puppy Vomit the chew stick out. thank you for the page you wrote. love the puppy and you people have a nice day, thanks again.

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      BBBFAMFARM 

      23 months ago

      I have 11 year old American terrier super active started throwing up and diarrrah for the last two weeks stool is watery and Brownish...she barfs anything she eats up hour to hours after . She is still incredibly active no body pain..Blood test came back great ....could not afford exrays...will be able to soon ..she has lost so much weight she is skeleton...still super active tries to eat but has same results....help in loosing...a family member fast. ...wow the Vet was more conserned..with my wallet then my doggy family member and friend is the any services out there to help a young family that isn't rich..sacramento California...any recommendations please

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      robert 

      23 months ago

      my dog must have recently ate something that she cannot digest all the symptoms listed above match hers exactly. i believe whatever she has swallowed has made its way to her small intestines. however a surgery is not in my budget is there any other option to help her pass this problem?

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      Ariana 

      23 months ago

      If my dog swallowed a squeaker would I still be able to hear it squeak

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      23 months ago

      Robin, good luck on your pug's vet appointment. Strings are tricky as they can wrap around the intestines causes a linear foreign body obstruction.

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      Roseann Richards 

      23 months ago

      My dog swallowed a napkin could that be dangerous?

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      Debbie 

      23 months ago

      My little dog ate 2 whole rib bones almost 5 days ago. She's eating good and pooping but didn't see any bone yet. Should I be worried??

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      Robin 

      23 months ago

      My pug recently ate fishing string and had to have surgery to repair her intestine. Today she is showing some of the signs; shivering, vomit is a little yellow, and not wanting to eat. She also can't get comfy or lay in one spot to long. Thinking it's gonna be another trip to the vet. She eats any and everything if we're not watching.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      23 months ago

      Michael, all the signs of blockages in dogs are listed in the article.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      23 months ago

      Lori, hopefully all is well, how did your dogs check out?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      23 months ago

      Tara, good to know it passes, hopefully the rawhide will too. Smaller dogs are more prone to blockages than larger ones because of their narrower digestive system passages.

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      Tara 

      23 months ago

      So, I was freaking out when I thought my dog possibly swallowed a tampon after rummaging through the bathroom trash and carrying around the toilet paper it was wrapped in. Fortunatelyfor both him and me, he passed it without any problem. Now, I have to wait and see how the rawhide stick does. He's a 5 month old shiba inu, if size and age help anyone else in a similar situation. And my brother and sister-in-law's shiba had an exact same situation. He was the one who told me that it does pass, thankfully.

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      lori 

      24 months ago

      I have had 2 lab/lab crosses who eat EVERYTHING! Really careful with tampons, bones etc but one of them just emptied my freezer ( yup!) and ate everything including packaging and we are on our way to the vet ....again. He is having trouble pooping . Description in article very helpful re timing/where blockge may be etc....

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      Unknown 

      2 years ago

      Help!!! I don't know what my puppy ate but he's been throwing up nonstop and can't digest. He doesn't move and when he moves he starts crying in pain. Please help I don't know what to do.

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      My dog is very sick I don't know what's going on I am trying everything but nothings helping I don't have money to take him to the vet I think he ate some Styrofoam and just feeling so horrible I don' 

      2 years ago

      My dog is very sick I don't know what's going on I am trying everything but nothings helping I don't have money to take him to the vet I think he ate some Styrofoam and just feeling so horrible I don't know what to do

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      Chelsea 

      2 years ago

      To Anne,

      I know my advice is far too late and I do hope all went well with Finn. However, in the event this should happen to you or anyone else in the future you should look into CareCredit. It is a credit card, it can be used for vet visits. With only fair/poor credit I was approved for $500 but I have heard of people with good credit getting approved for $1500+. This can be used for vet visits. You do have to make monthly payments but it is worth it if you need an emergency surgery.

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      leviklimek 

      2 years ago

      a few days a go my little yorky ate and swolled some fish bones that someone thew out of their vehicle and just today she started pooping blood and throwing up foam what do i do i love her to death i don't want her to die please some one help.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      2 years ago

      Broke, always best to see the vet if he's showing symptoms, perhaps he ate something else as well.

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      Brooke Le 

      2 years ago

      My 2yr old German Shepard lab mix is notorious for eating things he shouldn't when thou left him out of your sight for too long. The night before I found him trying to eat a tennis ball again. I caught him as he was doing it so he didn't get much, maybe the equivalent of a person taking a bite of an apple and some of the outer fabric layer. He's done this before but usually passes it after a day or two. He's only thrown up once the day it happened, a little bit of white milky liquid. He's only been eating half of his food so far and lots of water. He he had bad diarrhea once, was fine yesterday but then woke me at 5:00am today and had a little bit again. Starting to worry.

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      Ashlie 

      2 years ago

      HELP!! Okay im freaking out, my chi and pit both got in the trash while i was in the shower and ate an ENTIRE bag of deli cut ham that I threw away because they were 3 weeks old. That was 2 days ago in the afternoon. They both have not had solid poops, but have pooped more than normal. Just now they both simaltaniously at the same time vomited out of no place. They are both sleeping now but im still up holding them just in case. Should I be worried?! Oh I should mention, they both are full bowls of food when i got home from work and drank a bit of water with it...but still... why would ham be doing this to them?!

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      tracy evans 

      2 years ago

      hi my 13 week old maltese terrier is constipated what can i give him to soften his stool?

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      krista 

      2 years ago

      My dog swallowed sheetrock or drywall like people usually call it he is a little chihuahua he chewed it when my back was turned

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      Anne Mickevich 

      2 years ago

      My one yr old boxer had vomited a few times over last weekend.

      Today he was lethargic, stoic, not interested in food nor water.I knew he was sick when he layed on the floor at b'fast and there was no "bowl hogging his sisters food". Called vet made an emergency appt. exam, X-ray. Vet determined he was already 20 lbs overweight. But realized a blockage off X-ray. Small intestine. Drove to surgical vet, he determined same. Here's the "kicker" $2200.00 for overnight monitoring n I'V fluids. Walked an hoped it moved some. Or go home do the same. $220.00 for that treatment info, return to surgical vet at 6:00 am pre surgery prep for possible surgery if the object did not move, and another X-ray $425.00 for this follow up and decision on procedure but not before a 75% of $5500.00 is on the counter. husband explained he gets paid Wednesday morning and would have the %75 at that time. No deal. Now what? we are told to go home and watch my 1yr old boxer boy die? It's all about the almighty buck...why are these procedures so much money? I'm retired on fixed income. Husband is 70 yrs old continues to work because we cannot afford him to stop working. His and my one pleasure is the love and loyalty from our Finn. All we wanted was time to make a larger deposit with a promise of the next payment the next week. If anyone can suggest a solution for tomorrow. My prayers will be answered. We have no debt (credit cards) so we can continue to live and keep out home. We live week to week like many Americans. Nothing Fancy. Thank you for your time and letting me vent. Prayers to you and your "fur babies".

      annem999@charter.net

      Anne Mickevich

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      Samantha 

      2 years ago

      My dachshund has been throwing up lately, about 16 times and I have no idea what to do. He doesn't seem to eat but only drink water. Sometimes his vomit comes out foamy, others normally and sometimes clear. Is there anything that I can do to help him or at least figure out what is wrong with him?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      2 years ago

      Solbrias, don't have experience with this happening but here's what a vet tech says: http://www.justanswer.com/pet-dog/7kzjt-month-old-...

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      Denise 

      2 years ago

      My 4 month puppy swallowed a piece of cooked steak, it was a big piece about the size of a large marble

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      solbrias 

      2 years ago

      My 3 month old lab inhaled a 4 inch bully stick 48 hours ago. Both a call to the emergency 24 hr vet immediately after it happened and a call to my regular vet the next morning resulted in being told to wait it out and watch for symptoms. Are bully sticks more easily digested and less likely to cause blockage than rawhide chewies? What is your experience with pups swallowing these?

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      Belinda Barnes 

      2 years ago

      We took our staff to the vets yesterday because we thought he'd swallowed a pebble.they checked him throughly and said he hadn't got a blockage they gave him two injections and sashays which he got to have mixed in with his food but he hasn't gone for a poo in a couple of days he was eating ok yesterday but not hardly touched anything today would the injections have anything to do with it

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      Angel 

      2 years ago

      Best article on this topic EVER!

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      Diane 

      2 years ago

      Hi I have 2 small inside dogs,both have sore hard bellies ,they act OK ,still pooping and peeing ,drinking and eating ,so what could be the matter? Olz an ty

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      2 years ago

      Lisa Dolsey, thank you for sharing your experience.

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      Lisa dolsey 

      2 years ago

      Please, if your vet does an x-ray and finds nothing yet you suspect he swallowed something other than metal, have him do an ultrasound.

      Our dog went through 3 days of not eating and had symptoms the Web Dr. speaks of (drooling, no poop). Our regular vet said she doesn't worry until 5 days of not eating. Because I knew this was unusual for my dog I searched and found a vet who ran x-rays.

      Some inflammation was found. After trying bags of fluid with only 24 hours of relief, he did the ultrasound and found obstruction

      Long story short, our dog swallowed something plastic that stuck to his intestine which then necrotized.. He had the surgery and one month later he was himself. If you know your dog, follow up when some thing's not right.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      2 years ago

      Pete, that's not good! Please see your vet! I hope he's OK.

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      chrisps 

      2 years ago

      My approximately 15lb dog ate 3 metal buttons off a coat jacket 5 days ago. He passed 2 of them (slightly smaller ~1cm) in succession already and has been acting normal until today. He showed slight signs of appetite loss earlier today but is eating and drinking now. However he can barely climb the stairs or jump and is acting a little lethargic. Im so scared.

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      Amanda 

      2 years ago

      10 yr. Old pug+ Chihuahua mix. Female. Started red or dark brown circle round her pee-pee!!! And, it kinda look like some like pus. Also like small matted dirt cluds around the New drippy red ring. Is spayed!

      Plz. Help

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      Rashika 

      2 years ago

      From today morning my dog is not eating anything but in afternoon suddenly pe puked a large amount of hairs and undigestible particles.. Then after 1 hour he was snoring a bit then after 15 min he puked again and this time he puked out some water after that he pooped and then i gave him some medicine adviced by the vet by then after 10 min he pucked again ple tell me what to do

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