Symptoms of Intestinal Blockage in Dogs

Updated on October 26, 2017
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Adrienne is a former veterinary hospital assistant, certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, and author of "Brain Training for Dogs."

Puppies Are Prone to Blockages

Worried your dog has an intestinal block? If you own a dog with a ''vacuum cleaner'' reputation, you should be extra careful to recognize the early signs 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, toys, socks, stones, buttons, underwear, balls, tampons, and marbles. Though they are digestible, rawhide chews can also cause trouble for some dogs, especially if they tend to gulp their treats.

Symptoms of Intestinal Blockage

The symptoms 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

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 a 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).

In general, it's the combination of symptoms that is especially alarming.

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.

Intestinal Blockage Timeline

Location of Blockage
Time to Show Up (Usually)
Licking lips, swallowing a lot, regurgitating right after being fed
Shortly after swallowing something
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
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 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
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.
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 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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      Kamie Macias 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 5 weeks ago

      My dog ate nail what can I do for my dog

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      Denine 6 weeks 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 6 weeks ago


      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 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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,


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      TO Claudia 3 months ago

      If ur dog is not pooping; something is wrong.

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      Alyźa Timplanza 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 in loosing...a family member fast. 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 6 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 6 months ago

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 months ago from USA

      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 6 months ago

      My dog swallowed a napkin could that be dangerous?

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      Debbie 6 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 6 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 6 months ago from USA

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 months ago from USA

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 months ago from USA

      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 6 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 6 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 7 months 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' 8 months 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 8 months 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 9 months 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 9 months ago from USA

      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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months ago

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

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      krista 9 months 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 9 months 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".

      Anne Mickevich

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      Samantha 10 months 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 10 months ago from USA

      Solbrias, don't have experience with this happening but here's what a vet tech says:

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      Denise 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 11 months ago

      Best article on this topic EVER!

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      Diane 11 months 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 12 months ago from USA

      Lisa Dolsey, thank you for sharing your experience.

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      Lisa dolsey 12 months 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 12 months ago from USA

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

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      chrisps 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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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      Pete 12 months ago

      I think my French bulldog has swallowed some laminated cardboard and blocked he's intestines

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 13 months ago from USA

      Georgia, If she is not herself and not having a bowel movement, she should see the vet.

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      Georgia Mazanet 13 months ago

      My dog may have eaten a piece of candy wrapper and now is unable to have a bowel movemen. Abby is in no pain, however she is not acting like herself. I gave her 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin Saturday about 6 pm. This morning there is still no change. What can I do for her

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      Shelene 13 months ago

      My puppy was running around with insulation in her mouth .. I cought her early enough but she still had bits and pieces on her tongue... I gave her bread after i tried taking water and flushing out what was in her mouth by using a sering with water and holding her mouth open ... so she didn't swallow the water with the partials in it.

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      Blaze 16 months ago

      My 9 years old swallowed a piece of this diaper like thing they used to pack raw meat to absorb extra liquid from meat. He had x rays and ultrasound and several blood work. However, all vet failed to see this "foreign object", in spite of he was constipated, tummy extreme distended and hard. I massaged him when hospital released him. I massaged him diligently. ( I am a physical therapy, btw). My beloved dog first passed out terrible gas which to me was perfume.:)))), few hours later, he passed out this foreign object wrapped by by his "dog shit". My vet bill was almost $5000.00 foro two night hospitalization. My dog was sent home with medication is $15 and $8 for two different pill for 30 days supply. ie another $700.00. I am happy he survived. I called the hospital back , hoping to share the experiences and ask " can foreign object can trigger pancreatitis?" It has been a week. no responses!!!! IV was the best thing hospital did for Blaze. But $5000.00 was just too much.

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      Neely Grace 16 months ago

      I have a 9 yr old chihuahua that is scheduled for breast tumors removal this week. Would those tumors cause her poop to become real ! small. I plan on talking to the vet about this then, but was wanting to know before then. Thanks

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      Joan Feyrer 16 months ago

      My dog has not eaten for over 7 days. She vomited a huge amount of her dog food 7 days ago, then had dirreaha for several days and has not pooped since. She is drinking water and refusing all food we have tried (rice & chicken mix -threw up); vet canned dog food (2 kinds); has been seen by a vet twice (given Cerenia tablets, novo-famotidine, metronidazole), had no temperature, annus & stool looked ok. Going to vet for 3rd time today. Should we ask for an xray? He suggested blood tests first. We are leaving for Europe tomorrow for 3 weeks, have wonderful dogsitters. We don't want her to suffer--she is almost 13 years old (terrier x). What should be do? Is there any hope?

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      Amanda 16 months ago

      Hi. My 9 month old terrier/cattledog mix is a hoover vacuum. We have been very careful however two nights ago she vomited up some stuffing from her bed. She also had diarrhea the next morning. Yesterday she ate breakfast and dinner and her night time poop was totally normal. There have been no other occasions of vomiting or diarrhea however this morning she ate VERY slowly and has pooped twice today. She is still full of energy. Am I panicking for nothing? I would assume if she had a blockage she wouldn't go a whole 24 hours with no bathroom or vomiting issues right?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 16 months ago from USA

      You will need to see your vet for this shari h, it could be a polyp, mass or a prolapse.

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      Dianna Mendez 16 months ago

      So many of my friend's pet dogs have suffered from blockages. Your information is valuable and will help many owners bring comfort and aid to their pet.

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      I am the only one who walks the dog. I as well clean the backyard from his poop. The last 7 days he has pooped twice. Once 2 objects the size of a silver dollars and once very little came out. I took him to the vet he was x-rayed and very little food shows up. He has lots of energy and eats regular daily and where is the poop? As of now it is a mystery. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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      Prashant khatri 17 months ago

      Dear sir my dog is 8 yrs old and about 19 days been passed away he didn't take any food we checked all x ray but didn't find anything clearly in it but my doctor says something is stuck in his small intestine which is not shown in x ray. As per 6 aug report. All test are ok but wbc count are going higher side. We do endoscopy find nothing some one or two small pieces of ulcer found we start to give him syp: mucain & cemazen as well 250-50 ml RL/DNS once a day. But up to 18 aug we didn't find result he vomiting what he drink and he only tries for water nothing else. So we won't give anything. But when upto 18 aug we didn't find result we do another report in this his creatinine rised upto 12.18 mg/dl as well BUN was 103.3 mg/dl, SGPT 106.36 u/l, alkaline phosphatase 73 iu/l. Doctor change treatment start to give D5℅ and subsequent drug and he stopped vomiting as well start drunk water without vomiting. But in last two days here's plenty of raindrops so he won't go out and since tomorrow he again started vomiting slightly and today we again did blood test and found his creatinine rised upto 13.12 mg/dl as well BUN was 174. 1 mg/dl, SGPT reduce upto 89 u/l, alkaline phosphatase remain same 73 iu/l. He didn't take any thing we tried to feed with surgical injection direct to his mouth but he refuses. What to do not please suggest. As well from daily routine injection his rear legs come heavy swelling. His not able to walk. We gave him hot water pocket treatment.

      Waiting for urgent reply.

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      Buchanan 17 months ago

      my dog ate a nylon footie, I gave peroxide twice , he still didn't throw up, was wondering what I could give him tomorrow to make him poop so maybe it will come out sooner and easier , he weighs 35 lbs, 5 1/2 months old

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      Fvan 18 months ago

      about a month ago my dog dug out under our fence and became lost for about 24 hours. We were wondering if she injured herself because after we had her back she has progressively had more and more difficulty defecating. She needs to pee frequently and only dribbles, taking a long time to finish. She is starting to lose her appetite. We cannot see any sign of her vomiting. We took her to a vet about a week ago who did an xray, urinalysis, and palpation. None of these showed any problems except mild bacteria in the urine. We received an antibiotic in the event it is enough to be a kidney infection however she is not improving and has been on the antibiotic for about 3 days. She seems to be continuing with the same difficulties and I'm not sure she is defecating at all. Do you have any suggestions as what may be the problem? Thank you.

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      Chelsea 18 months ago

      My 4 year old Pom/Schipperke woke me up at 3:30 yesterday morning threw up. He threw up several times, but it was all white foam. He didn't sleep after that, constantly laying down then getting up to pace and come back. We went to the vet around 7:30 am after he threw up white foam again. The vet said he didn't have a fever, and his blood work came back clear. His fecal exam was also clear. The vet gave him fluids by IV. He did seem to be in pain around his back/lower belly. He is walking, even running sometimes, and still jumps, but he is hesitant to do so and slow; he seems to walk with a bit of an arched back. Around 7 pm, I gave him about half a syringe of canned pumpkin to try to help with the nausea and about have a syringe of water. He vomited almost immediately after all over the couch, but this time it was very dark. He seemed to feel a little better, though, and was socializing and pacing less. He slept much better through the night, though still adjusted positions a few times and paced once or twice. Around 5:30 this morning, he threw up again- dark again this time. Is that blood? What could cause this? Is there something the vet I saw neglected to look for?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 18 months ago from USA

      Aimee, keep us posted on your vet's findings. I hope it's nothing major.

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      Aimee Rogers 18 months ago

      I'm dealing with a dog who's had little to no want to eat or drink since wed (5 days ago) constipation, pain, drooling, intermittent fever, pacing. Took to vet saturday. Dog had had pancreatitis in feb, so we both agreed it was probably a reoccurance and since I was keeping him properly hydrated, went home with i/d food, nausea, pain meds, and flagyl. (At the time didn't realize he was constipated though) .. no improvement... last time he was nearly his old self within 3 days. Going to take him back tomorrow. Worried he might have an lower intestinal obstruction causing all his symptoms.

      On a lighter note, I once had a dog dislocate his hip and when the vet did x-rays he came back in the exam room and asked us if we took off our dogs coat once a week to Wash in the washing machine. We had no idea what he was talking about. He showed us the xray. There was a 4 inch zipper (pit bull) right in the middle of his abdomin. Looked like a stuffed animal you could unzip. Surprisingly he didn't recommend removal.

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      Chemae 18 months ago

      My puppy (11 months old) swallowed a steak bone maybe it was about 2 inches. After swallowing she vomited and white colored saliva like liquid but she never bring back the steak bone. I observed her, she ate's a drink water normally. But one thing I notice, she never pop for about 33 hrs.after swallowing the bone. All her acts and behaviors are normal. Would I be worry? Can the puppy digest the bone? What are the remedies for me to do so that my puppy can normally pop? Please help:( I am so worried. I'm at work now and can't do any because my thoughts is on my baby puppy : (

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      Maddy 18 months ago

      My dog ate baked potatoes covered in aluminum foil. She's vomited up a lot of pieces of the foil and has pooped some foil out as well. She vomited a couple times over the last 3 days but the last time I fed her (rice and boiled ground beef) was 1pm today and now it's after midnight she seems to be her normal self and hasn't vomited. Should I still be worried or is the worst past? As long as she stops vomiting and continues to still poop is everything ok?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 19 months ago from USA

      Ace, is it sticking out the rectum or is it still inside and you see it protrude? In any case, you should see your vet as your dog is uncomfortable since he refuses to poop and things can get worse the more time passes.

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      Ace 19 months ago

      Hi my dog is a black mouth cur and he has swallowed a tennis ball and it's stuck either in his small intestine or his colon but you can see it sticking out the side of his lower body towards his legs. He eats fine, drinks water like a normal dog would. It seems like it doesn't bother him. But he doesn't want to use the bathroom cause he doesn't want the ball to come out his rear end. What should I do?

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      Teri 19 months ago

      Do you think intestinal blockage could be mistaken by a dog going into labor? My Lilly was just about due to have her pups but I'm really inexperienced when it comes to having puppies. I rescued her from a abandoned house and fell in love with her. She got pregnant before I could get her spayed. Well one day she was outside and a huge mouse ran by and Lilly quickly gulped the mouse up. She didnt even think twice to play with it or chew on it, she swollowed that huge mouse whole! She's a terrier full blood so she's not a big dog by far. A couple days later is when I noticed distress. She quit eating she was basiclly bowled over in pain she couldn't sit down she was hunched, and she would squat as if trying to use the bathroom. I thought it was labor and by the time I realized that she was in serious need of aide I took her to the vet by that time they didn't give me alot of options or answers. We had to put her down the next day. Could the mouse have caused that to happen and it not have been complications from labor at all?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 20 months ago from USA

      It depends on the size of the stick, the size of the dog and the way it travels down the intestinal tract, lots of variables. I would give your vet a call and see if in his/her opinion he thinks you can take a wait and see approach or need to be seen right away. Might tell you to come in and get an x-ray done to get a better idea.

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      Danell 20 months ago

      my dog ate a chicken teriyaki on a stick could stick disable in stomach and how long do I watch him to see if there is a problem

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      Jamie 21 months ago

      My chihuahua, daushand, and Pomeranian mix dog got ahold of some old meat in a sandwich baggy that had been left out. She had torn up the bag pretty bad, but ever since then she has had issues with vomiting and i have noticed she hasn't had a bowel movement since thursday morning before this happened? Is there anything that anyone can suggest for me to try so i don't have to have an expensive vet bill that i can't afford at the moment? she doesn't seem to have much appetite loss, because she will still eat and she will still drink but she's able to pee still just hasn't had a poo in a few days and i'm worried the plastic maybe stuck somewhere in her stomach or intestines. please help.

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      Mark 21 months ago

      About 3 weeks ago, one of our dog sitters didn't know to take a ball away from our dog when he wasn't playing with it so he ate it. About a week later he had the symptoms of a blockage. I was about to take him to the vet the next morning but he was all of a sudden fine. Later that day he pooped out a LARGE piece of a tennis ball with a bit of blood (and maybe tissue on it). He was fine for two weeks until he began showing symptoms again. This time his intestines had twisted. THANKFULLY we still have him with us, but could two incidents be related? The vet said that there was nothing in the intestine, just grass. Could the ball fragment from a couple of weeks ago caused an infection or something that led to his intestine later twisting?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 22 months ago from USA

      Yes! We saw several dogs with corn cobs causing blockages, thanks for the reminder!

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      William 22 months ago

      Don't forget about corn cobs! They are not digestible and can cause big problems for your dog.

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      Gregg Landry 22 months ago

      About 2 years ago (2013) my labridor ate a 1lb package of sliced bologna. The slices had string like casings around them--he ingested them also. I paid close attention whenever he moved his bowels but never saw any of those string like casings--that was 2 years ago--he never showed any signs of distress during that time and eliminated normally. Can these casings still be in his system and become problematic in the future? Showing distress/symptoms 3 or 4 years later?

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      Antonio fisioterapeuta 24 months ago from Madrid

      Poor puppy, I hope that nothing happens mio

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Well, if he got into it and ate to his heart content, he's likely overly full and has some upset stomach. How is he acting health wise?. I would have him see the vet if he's acting sickly. Watch for signs of bloat.

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      Judy 2 years ago

      My dog got into the bag of dog food. I don't know how much he ate, but he refused dinner tonight which he has never done before. Should I be concerned?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Diane, only an x-ray can tell if there's a blockage or not. Consider that with colitis, an inflammation of the colon, dogs tend to strain a few drops of diarrhea out every now and then, and this is called 'tenesmus' which may look like a symptom of a blockage, but as mentioned, only your vet can really tell you if there's something blocking.

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      Diane 2 years ago

      I have a boxer, he is 18 months old and he is very active, the bad thing is that my husband is blind and when he take him out Hank our boxer will eat what every he can find because he knows my husband is blind. He is a great Dog, but I am afraid he has a blockage because he can't eat has he as diarrhea and is straining to go potty. This started last night and has progressed throughout the day. I am not sure he has eaten something and he dose have a blockage? I take proper care of my dog and he has all his shots and we take him to the vet for all his care when it's scheduled, but like I said my husband is blind and I am above knee amputee and I can't afford a vet bill or emergency surgery if it not the case. It could just be simply diarrhea? I was hoping someone on here might see this and might had a dog that acted the same way. He has bad liquid diarrhea, not eating, but he is still running and playing when we go outside. I am keeping him in his crate just because I don't what him to have an accident in the house.

      Thank you,


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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Cordy, there can be so many cause for the symptoms you are seeing, I would suggest seeing the vet.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      This has been a big "watch" item for one of our dogs. Because of a blockage he got as a stray, he was brought to the shelter for emergency care. Then we adopted him after surgery. So his story had a happy ending! But it's still an issue that we have to watch him for constantly even years later. Good info! Sharing!

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      CORDY 2 years ago

      Hello my 7 month year old golden retriever is lethargic and does not want to eat or drink anything sin e yesterday she has been vomiting small amounts of saliva what could be wrong with her.

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      ekluska78 2 years ago

      Very useful

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Sarah, I am not a vet so cannot give you advice on what to do. It sounds like your dog is having trouble digesting the rawhide. Possibly, undigested fragments settle in her stomach causing her to vomit them back up later, but it could be also something else. The fact she is pooping sounds good, but only way to know for sure if there is a blockage, even partial or something else going on, is the vet. So better be safe than sorry and see the vet if your dog keeps on vomiting. Only your vet can properly diagnose and treat, best wishes!

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      sarah 2 years ago

      My dachshund ate about the top inch of a rawhide roll 2 days ago. I watched her pretty closely, but she didn't seem to pull off any big pieces. I like this type because it seems to come off slowly and in small pieces. The next morning I let her out to go the bathroom and she had some soft poop and then threw up a little bit so I didn't feed her for a couple hours. I fed her later that day and she was fine and she ate dinner too. This morning she ate and threw up her food. She pooped, it was normal but smaller than usual. I fed her a little later since she was hungry and she seems fine. She's drinking and playing too. I feel like I'm constantly taking her to the vet so I just wanted a second opinion before I call...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Did your dog eat the bag as well? Did you dog get diarrhea? Of course, going to vet is the best course of action since your dog is uncomfortable.

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      karen 2 years ago

      My chocolate lab ate a big of twizzlers two days ago. He is unable to go to the bathroom and strains everyone he tries

      Should I call the vet?

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      Norma 2 years ago from Delray Beach Florida

      I have a Italian Greyhound that is almost 11 years old and around 14 lbs. and she swallowed a piece of rawhide. After reading so many blogs about the danger of rawhide I threw all of them in the trash. She is showing no signs of any problems with eating, drinking and passing stool and it has been almost 48 hours since she swallowed the piece around 1 in square of soft and sloppy natural rawhide stick. I checked her stool this morning and could not see any sight of the piece that she swallowed but I am assuming since she is acting normal that we dodged the bullet. I will continue to monitor her for any signs of danger but I think we are lucky since I have read so many horror stories. She loves her chew sticks so I found a digestive alternative in peanut butter flavor and will try her on those with close monitoring whenever I give her one for the whole time she has it. The chewing on a chew stick has helped to keep her teeth in good condition for her age so I would like to continue that with a safer alternative. I won't take any chances ever again. She is our baby and I would never forgive myself if my carelessness would cause her any harm. Her teeth are in good condition from chewing on the rawhide and my brushing and applying a plaque remover every other night.

      If you have any of the rawhide bones or sticks I would advise you to throw them out and not take any chances. I let down my guard just this once and was so worried that she would suffer from it. It was my 1 time that I wasn't closely monitoring her until she was finished chewing. My bad.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      I would imagine it can be partially digested when broken in pieces, but I find it hard to believe that a whole stick would magically dissolve in digestive juices. Here are some pictures from the website showing how pieces are digested compared to regular rawhide:

      I would give your vet a call and get his/her professional opinion on this. He/she may not know for sure and may suggest to get an x-ray done to play it safe. It may be worthy calling the company as well, here's their number Phone: (954) 425-0001. Sometimes advertisement is misleading and sounds too good to be true, so i would ask what would happen to a dog who swallows a whole stick, versus breaking it into pieces. I hope you pup will be Ok. Keep an eye for signs of a blockage. Keep me posted.

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