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Symptoms of Intestinal Blockage in Dogs

Updated on February 01, 2016
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Adrienne Farricelli is a former veterinary hospital assistant and now a certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, and author of dog books.

Puppies Are Prone to Blockages

Worried your pup may have swallowed something, causing an intestinal blockage?
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Worried about intestinal blockage in dogs? 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.

Symptoms of Intestinal Blockage

The symptoms vary depending on the location of the blockage. The most common signs of blockages include:

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

Have your dog seen by the vet immediately if you suspect your dog has swallowed something. 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.

Considering that the transit time for items to move through the gastro-intestinal tract is anywhere between 10 and 24 hours, 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, and 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 will display symptoms including abdominal pain, a distended abdomen, fever, and 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.

Note: 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 to 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.

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?

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

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 distension—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

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 on your own. 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

In other cases, the object can be retrieved with an endoscope 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 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. Following are some items swallowed known for causing complications.

  • 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.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 days ago from USA

      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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      solbrias 8 days 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 weeks 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 6 weeks ago

      Best article on this topic EVER!

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      Diane 2 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 2 months ago from USA

      Lisa Dolsey, thank you for sharing your experience.

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      Lisa dolsey 2 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 2 months ago from USA

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

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      chrisps 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 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 3 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 3 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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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      shari,h 6 months ago

      my female has a bubble looking place next to her vigina ,what might this be ,she is 13 and is eating drinking and acting fine, so sugestions please

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      Dianna Mendez 6 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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      kokopelli@usa.com 7 months ago

      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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 11 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 11 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 12 months ago from USA

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

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      William 13 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 13 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 14 months ago from Madrid

      Poor puppy, I hope that nothing happens mio

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 14 months 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 14 months 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 15 months 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 15 months 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,

      Diane

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 16 months 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 16 months 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 16 months 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 16 months ago

      Very useful

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 19 months 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 20 months 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 20 months 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 20 months 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 20 months 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 23 months 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:

      http://www.digest-eeze.com/About/Proven

      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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      Lee 23 months ago

      My 4 month old husky swallowed a whole digest-eeze stick. The package says it is 99% digestible, but i jave read a lot of comments saying otherwise. Do you know about these digest-eeze sticks and should i be concerned?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 24 months ago from USA

      Thanks! I am happy you found my hub on dogs intestinal blockage helpful!

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      @ Bollywood... 24 months ago from Ahmedabad

      Very informative. What an article!!! Keep up the great work.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 24 months ago from USA

      Well, I guess better pregnant than with an obstruction requiring surgery, best wishes for an easy delivery.

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      naecrix 24 months ago

      Very useful and great hub! :)

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      Shane M. Ilagan 24 months ago from Philippines

      My dog was regurgitating last month and we suspected that she endured intestinal blockage. When we went to the vet, they found out she is pregnant. Currently, she is active and we expect her to deliver her pups next month. It's her third delivery and after that, we will spay her which is very upsetting. On her 2nd delivery, one of her pups died due to intestinal blockage as I failed to bring her to the doctor.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Dogs seem to get sick always when vets are closed or major holidays, don't they? At your dog's age and since the vomiting has been going on since last night, I would start with a vet visit first and then try home remedies after the vet has ruled out other serious causes. Since he has been vomiting several times, then the diarrhea, he may be getting dehydrated (ice cubes to lick may offer a bit of hydration without causing vomiting ) and in older dogs you always have to worry about something more systemic going on, especially when you cannot identify a reasonable cause for the upset stomach (like eating a new food, getting into the trash can, getting car sick).

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      mamanance 2 years ago

      my poor 12 year old goldie has been throwing up several times since last night. he ate breakfast just fine, but around 6pm he tossed that back, vomited the rest of his solid food a couple hours later. this morning he has given up bile once and drank some water he couldn't keep down. I bout of diarrhea- no blood. He is not a gentle vomiter....his retching has always been loud enough to wake the dead, thank God. Any suggestions? I have the rice cooking, and have taken up his water also - took up his food last night.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      There are many potential causes for the symptoms you see. Blockages are more common in puppies and dogs who tend to swallow items or chew bones and swallow big pieces. Does your dog have any of these tendencies? Also since you mention there is no throwing up, a blockage may be unlikely. Your vet may do x-rays to rule out growths and blood work to see if there's anything systemic going on. I hope this is something minor.

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      Pounder 2 years ago

      Hello, I have an 11 year old chihuahua who has been acting very odd lately, I have an oppointment set up with his vet tomorrow and am worried it might be a blockage. He has severe abdominal pain after moments of increased movement, is very lethargic, has a lack of appetite and doesn't seem interested in water, (although I CAN get him to eat small amounts of soft food), but there is no diarrhea and no throwing up. Any suggestions?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Since you have a young, small dog, a critical issue is dehydration from all this vomiting. Lifting up the skin over the shoulder blades can give you an idea of how hydrated he is. In a hydrated dog, the skin springs right back into position, in a dehydrated pup, the skin will take a bit, or worse, may stay lifted. For sure, he must be quite dehydrated from not being able to keep water down and from all the vomiting. While it's a good sign that he's still passing stool and active, there are so many other conditions other than blockages that may be triggering this and it's concerning that this has been going on for some time. It can be a variety of things from parasites, protozoans, pancreatitis (did he ate anything particularly fat lately?) parvo, food intolerance, exposure to harmful substances and much more. Only your vet can diagnose what's really going on. Because there are so many potential issues and your dog's stomach isn't settling and is likely very dehydrated, unfortunately a vet visit is in order and I would do it very soon, possibly today. Look up care credit or search a free exam coupon from Banfield or VCA animal hospitals, the exam is free but you'll have to pay for any tests they run or medications prescribed. Best wished for a quick recovery.

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      Santana Ybarra 2 years ago from Lubbock, Texas

      i have a toy poodle who one years old for the past three days he has throwing up his food and water but he still passing stool and real plalyful idk i hope its not a blockage i really dnt have any money for a vet.Could it be anything else and if not how long until i starts getting serious im soo sad i love him!!!!!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      You're very welcome pugmom. Often problems aren't visible right away when there's a partial blockage and digested food still makes its way and the dog is eating and eliminating normally and perhaps vomiting every now and then. Then, things may get worse when the item settles in a narrow, curvy passage of the intestinal tract or the item places itself sideways and then like a clogged sink, stuff won't pass through. The worst blockages are the complete ones, where the item completely blocks the passage and the poor dog can't keep food down. While you wait to call your vet, I found this interesting article about resection. I am not sure how much intestine was removed, and if it was the small intestine, but the website states "Extensive (≥ 50%) removal of the small intestine can produce small bowel syndrome, a condition characterized by malabsorption, weight loss, and fluid and electrolyte imbalances" I would ask your vet why your pet seems to be losing weight and this is something possible. http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/research-upda...

      And here is another tackling complications: http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/key-gastroint...

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      pugmom 2 years ago

      Thanks for your quick response. I've found these (many!) stories and your responses very informative. I'm stunned by how long foreign bodies can stay in a dog before presenting a problem. For the tampons, it was weeks before even a slight problem presented (throwing up but still eating). And this most recent time we are unsure how long the ball was in there. I think being such stoic and food obsessed creatures we don't know how they feel sometimes

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Pugmom, I am sorry, but these are questions you will have to ask your vet. Your vet should be more than happy to answer them for you and if he thinks there's something amiss, he may suggest a recheck. Many dogs that are fed wet food or food soaked in water will drink less as they are getting water from their food, but to totally not drink anymore from the food bowl seems odd. It could be your dog is in pain and recovering and this may cause him to behave in an uncharacteristic way, but best to ask your vet who has done the surgery to answer your dietary concerns,Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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      pugmom 2 years ago

      I have a question re: recovery and diet post blockage and surgery. Our 9 year old pug had his THIRD surgery to remove an entire half of a tennis ball 4 months ago (previous blockages were tampons and a chew toy) . Initial scans and xray concerns were pancreatitis and after a few days the ultrasound showed the blockage so surgery it was.

      Because of the multiple surgeries....his intestine is quite damaged and one section has a very tight turn (nearly fused together). He's now on low fat I/d kibble only and we soak it in hot water so it's mushy to make it through. He gets 1 cup total a day... no treats. The problem is he's so skinny! Should he have more? (he's only 7kg and very boney)He won't drink a drop of water...in fact not seen him ever drink water from a bowl since surgery (except in his mushy food) yet pees tons.

      Does all this sound normal? Does be need to be on this low fat/mush forever bc of the pancreatitis and intestinal damage?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      The answer is simple, see your vet! The repeated vomiting is a concern and your pup is very young (she should still be with her siblings and mom at this age) and can get dehydrated quickly. On top of that, if you're dealing with a blockage from something she ate 2 days ago, there's nothing you can do at home at this point.

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      priya 2 years ago

      hi , i have 1 month old dog , she ate some cotton/plastic roll in wednesday ,after that she is normal,but she vommiting white foaming in frinday once and became normal in whole day but she ate only very small amount of food in night , after that 1 hr she throwup that to ,i don't no what to do guide me ,what should i do next reply me quickly as possible

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      My only thought is to see your vet as she is evidently not feeling well at all. There are so many things that can be going wrong. When I worked for the vet's office when owners told us their dog was lethargic and not acting right we would mark on the chart ADR (ain't doing right) and recommend to see the vet as soon as possible as there are so many possible causes. So please see your vet to see what is going on. Best wishes.

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      Mary Ann Campbell 2 years ago

      I have an eight year old Pomeranian. She usually goes outside several times a day to do her business. If I put on my coat, pick up her leash, or say outside she jumps wildly. In the last seven hours she has been barking weakly, refuses to eat or drink, and does not jump onto the furniture as she usually does She is breathing heavy, and is just not herself. Any thoughts?

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      girlgamers 2 years ago from Texas

      Don't forget about magnets and watch batteries. Those can kill within hours if not removed promptly. Great hub though! My dog once swallowed a bouncy ball. 4 days later she vomited it up, but was still eating and drinking before hand. Kids aren't allowed to bring over any objects smaller than an adult's fist anymore.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Make sure to train the leave it and drop it command, they can be life savers.

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      Fire8storm 2 years ago

      Great Hub, I have a 6 month old puppy who eats pretty much anything if you don't keep an eye on him so this has been really useful information, thank you!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Did she chew the battery or swallow it whole? Being that your dog is on the small size, a battery can potentially cause an obstruction. However, the fact she is eating well, and I assume she is not vomiting or having diarrhea indicate that there isn't a total obstruction. There are chances however that there can be a partial obstruction and the battery may be lodged somewhere. Have you been checking her stools for the battery? Generally, if it doesn't show up in the stools after 3- 5 days an x-ray is recommended. Batteries show well in x-rays. The concern at this point is the battery causing a blockage and possible, heavy metal toxicity (some batteries contain, zinc, lithium and nickel often found in the rechargeable ones) that can occur when the battery stays in gastrointestinal tract for several days. I have read in children the mercury in disc-shaped batteries (like those in hearing-aid batteries) can cause a diaper rash and excitability, but not sure if this would happen in dogs as well and with other types of heavy metal exposure.http://www.emedicinehealth.com/battery_ingestion/p... To conclude, I think a vet visit is in order for peace of mind, and since you mention her abnormal behavior. Here is a helpful read: http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-tox...

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      Patsy king 2 years ago

      Plz help me. I have a 7 month old c ocker spaniel. 15 lbs. A week ago today she swallowed a double a battery. She is eating well. Still very energetic but I'm so worried. I am a senior on a very limited income but if u say vet she'll go tomorrow. O KY change I've seen is she occasionally drags her but on ground Luke some do with worms and will run around lb circle like chasing her tail. Things she never did before. Plz help me. I'm so stressed

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Only your vet can really answer this, but here are some thoughts. Most vets agree that old age is not a disease, and if pre-anesthetic blood-work comes clear, the risks ultimately depend on the type of surgery done . Now, exploratory surgery can be risky, but risks and benefits need to be weighed out. Your vet would need to determine if the blockage is total or partial. From your description of her eating and going to the bathroom fine so far, it could be the item is not blocking completely. Getting the infection taken care of is a good starting point, but there are risks the item may cause re-infection, and depending on its position and consistency, it may even perforate the bowels causing life threatening peritonitis. It's sort of like treating a tooth infection without pulling the tooth out, you can take pain relievers and antibiotics, but if the tooth isn't taken out, the problem often persists andactually tends to get worse. Your vet would therefore have to determine at some point if the object is moving along or is stuck in an area. Is the item flexible or sturdy? If soft and flexible like a bunch of hair or a nylon sock, there are less chances for perforation, if hard and sharp more chances. There may even be chances you are not dealing with an object but some sort of tumor. Also, the object (or growth) may not cause a blockage at the moment, but as it moves along the curvy areas of the intestines or grows it may cause more problems. A barium test followed by an x-ray may determine if it's always in the same location or if it's actually moving along. Sounds like your vet is taking a wait and see approach for now and depending on how things go in these days, he may make a recommendation based on the sum of the many above factors. If based on his findings, he deems the exploratory is necessary, he will certainly recommend it. There are also chances in some cases that an abscess may be felt like a mass. http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gastroint...

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      KKlimaFlower 2 years ago

      I have a 10 yr old Golden Retriever who appears to have a 10 cm blockage of some sort that is abscessed/infected. Being that she is an older dog, I'm not sure that exploratory surgery is a realistic option, not to mention financially. We are hoping antibiotics can help in the meantime and with pain meds, she appears to be comfortable now but, was in great pain yesterday. She is still eating, going to the bathroom fine. Any thoughts on putting an older dog through such a major surgery?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      I hear you! Some dogs are like Hoover vacuums, they just suck up everything in sight. The leave it and drop it command can come handy in such cases.

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I have a beagle who likes to chew everything I do not give her bones anymore because she inhales them. Nice and informative hub.

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      raquelle148 2 years ago

      I will not give cooked bones to our dogs again after knowing that it can splinter. Thanks!

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      Matt 3 years ago

      Thank you!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      An ongoing issue may signal that there may be an underlying cause that needs addressed. Usually, with a fast, bland diet things improve and stools get firmer in 2-3 days. It could be that too much pumpkin was given as some say too much can cause diarrhea, but then it should have resolved with the chicken and rice but apparently it hasn't. I would see the vet when things don't get better when they should.

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      Mathue 3 years ago

      Hi,

      My wife and I can't decide whether or not we should take our dog in to the vet. He's always had a sensitive stomach, and he's gone through several periods of soft stool before, and it usually had to do with some type of diet change (whether temporary or permanent). Additionally, when he's not feeling very well, it is usually very apparent because he wimpers a lot and literally tries to sit on top of us as much as possible.

      Thursday night, I noticed that his stool was a little soft. When I woke up to go to work Friday, I found that he had 3 accidents during the night. One spot was really soft stool, and the other two were closer to liquid. We usually feed him twice a day, and I opted to not feed him that morning. I came home at lunch, and he had an accident of liquid stool on the patio. Friday evening, it had been over 24 hours since a regular meal, so we decided to feed him a mixture of pumpkin and ground turkey. His stool continued to be soft to liquid, but he didn't have an accident Friday night. We fed him that again on Saturday (morning and evening) and Sunday morning, and he had another accident on Saturday night. Sunday evening and Monday morning (today), we switched to chicken and rice. He had an accident Sunday night as well.

      Over that entire time, his stool has stayed close to liquid. It's close enough to liquid that calling it "soft stool" doesn't quite describe it. He hasn't had any accidents during the day except for Friday afternoon when he was out on the patio. He has had a couple times where he's been pacing at the door, and we've had to take him out where he usually goes immediately. This is out of character because he can hold it for long periods of time. For the most part, he's okay during the day though.

      When he goes outside, he squats and appears to be quite gassy. He seems to be trying to go for a long time with only a little bit that comes out. It definitely seems like he's taking in more food than he's letting out. Also of note, he isn't drinking any more than normal despite his diarrhea.

      Through all of this, he is still highly energetic and happy. He plays, runs, and is happy as can be.

      Oh, he also hasn't thrown up...I don't think. I did come out Saturday morning to some throw up, but it also could have been his brother who has a history of throwing up occasionally. So, worst case scenario he threw up once during the day. He could be throwing up at night and eating it, but I don't think that's the case.

      At this point, we'd hate to take him to the vet only to find that it's just a diet thing. If he was throwing up or feeling lethargic, then we'd take him without hesitation. As it is, we've felt safe to wait. These type of issues, however, have usually passed by this point....so we're starting to feel anxious.

      We actually decided to just feed him his normal food tonight in an attempt to see if all of this pumpkin/turkey/rice/chicken thing is only making things worse. We only gave him 1/3 of his normal amount though...

      Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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      Diane 3 years ago

      Another thing to watch is thread - cat's in particular will go after thread. My male cat was doing an odd dance and gag type of maneuver, and on inspection, I discovered he had a string wrapped around his tongue and a sewing needle in his mouth! I had left it on my bed! I don't know how I got it out, but I did. He was surprisingly calm and cooperative as I unwrapped the string from his mouth - but this article brought it to my attention. ALWAYS put away thread, throw out extra pieces, particularly thread attached to needles.

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      oldyeller85 3 years ago

      Andreea, I am so sorry for your loss.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Andreea, you are very welcome. If the petechiae/bleeding appeared after she was already ill, it may appear as well when a dog is septic as severe infections cause decreased platelet counts . A vet describes this in this link:

      http://www.justanswer.com/pet-dog/1i4wm-dog-recent...

      This vet talks about brown urine:

      http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/6xuzh-dog-s-p...

      Again. terribly sorry for the loss, you really tried a lot to help her it's unfortunate that whatever the cause it led to such an unfortunate chain of cascading events. My cat died last May and I have been tormenting myself too with "what ifs" as we couldn't figure out what happened to her. It can be devastating, luckily time heals. My thoughts are with you.

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      Andreea 3 years ago

      Hello,

      Thank you so much for your very kind, considerate and prompt reply. You are right, I needed some form of closure, because a part of me died with her. It s hard when someone loses an adult, but it is even harder when children and baby pets pass away - it is just not fair. She was so full of life, playful and affectionate prior to last Saturday. To answer your question, she was a small-sized mixed breed ( I don t know exactly ), weighing around 14lb. Although she was 9 months, she had never been in heat ( I also have an older male dog so I know for sure). She had no ticks or fleas because I used regularly spot-on Frontline. After reading the links provided by you, thrombocytopenia seems to be a cause ( I forgot to say that she also had a little bit of blood on her gums, but I thought the potential foreign body might have caused this).

      The point is that she had no health issues prior to that incident and those 20 minutes when she continuously swallowed. That was the beginning of the end of her precious life. And although I hadn t seen her eat something strange , I noticed a button missing from my coat which I left on the couch ( I don t know if she swallowed it or it had simply fallen off on the street). I hadn t changed her dry dog food, it was the same brand. She ate each day 200 g ( according to her weight) plus chicken and rice. She had no access to my drugs, household detergents or other hazardous substances. She had no petechiae prior to this incident, I brushed her coat every day so I would have noticed. I forgot to say her urine was very dark, almost brown, but it didn t look like there was blood in it.

      Thank you again for helping me through this, for the links provided and for your very comprehensive, informative and useful article. I truly appreciate your help and I wish you all the best. You are a kind-hearted, wonderful and empathetic person.

      And thank you Vikki for your comment. I am heart-broken, words cannot describe the pain I feel. God is just no fair, she was just a baby - my baby :(

      Warm regards.

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      Vikki 3 years ago

      My deepest condolences to Andreea

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Sorry to hear your baby girl went through this, and that you are trying to figure out what happened. For sure, only a necropsy can tell , otherwise only assumptions can be made. I am not a vet, so I am just throwing out some ideas I have gathered from working in a vet hospital as an assistant. Black tarry stools indicate bleeding in the stomach or small intestine. A foreign object may cause this type of bleeding leading to melena which is stool with digested blood that turns black, and peritonitis... but then you mention other accompanying signs such as petechiae which is a worrisome sign often suggesting a blood clotting problem (thrombocytopenia) which can be caused by tick-born diseases, immune problems, liver failure and exposure to rat poison. Ascites (enlarged abdomen) can be caused by organ failure, liver disease, peritonitis, bleeding disorder, foreign objects. More on this here http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Health/Gastrointestina... and more on bleeding disorders here:http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/vetmed/articl... Fluids, medications, forced feedings, etc cannot treat an issue if the underlying source of the problem isn't addressed, that means that a dog (or any living animal) can and will die from an untreated complete obstruction-- and this why vets will do immediate surgery once they identify a foreign body that is causing symptoms of a blockage. Was your girl the type of dog that would gulp down stuff? was she a lab? It's hard to say what may have caused the death or your dog, and even a vet wouldn't come up with much unless you had a necropsy done. I know you are looking for some form of closure, but it could have been various things, from a blockage, to a bleeding disorder, exposure to a toxin, organ failure and even cancer (unlikely due to her age, but possible). Was she spayed and if not when was her last heat? Pyometra can cause quick death, but is more common in older dogs. It sure sounds like a puzzling ordeal you went through. I am sorry this happened to your dog and that you had to witness that. Sending my deepest condolences.

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      Andreea 3 years ago

      Hello,

      My sweet 9-month old baby girl died last Tuesday most likely due to intestinal blockage. She was fully vaccinated and dewormed. I rescued her from the street when she was abandoned at 1-month old. I live in the countryside in Romania and there are no vets here, only in the city.

      On Saturday afternoon she was fine, playful and she ate all her dry dog food. Then 1-2 hours later I saw her standing on her blanket and she kept swallowing for 10-20 minutes as if there was something stuck in her throat. I opened her mouth but I couldn t see anything. After a couple of minutes, she regurgitated ( or vomited) by herself all the food she had eaten, but there was no foreign body ( like buttons or pieces of her blanket - nothing). She made no attempt to eat it back ( she had regurgitated 3 months ago and she ate it afterwards). I guess there was no food left in her stomach at that point. 2 hours later she refused her favorite - chicken broth and rice. She also did not drink any water. She didnt vomit anymore and she had no stool. She started to shiver.

      On Sunday, she was still apathic, but after I gave her 2 tablets of activated charcoal, she ate only half of boiled chicken thigh ( without the bone) - she refused to eat more. Again, all day she did not drink any water, she had no stool ( not even diarrhea) and she did not vomit at all. Later on Sunday she refused again bread and mash potatoes, but she ate a high-fiber biscuit ( cookie).

      On Monday she was very lethargic, no barking at all, no appetite whatsoever. No vomit, no stool and again refused to drink water, but she did pee. At this point I used a syringe to give her water, chamomile tea, vitamins B complex and C and also olive oil ( I gave her about 50 ml of pure olive oil in total on Monday). I also gave her 1 tablet of a vet formula for gastroenteritis ( which I gave her before and was effective when she was 2 months old and had diarrhea). The tablet contained 30 mg Oxytetracycline, 10 mg Bismuth and 50 mg Metronidazol ( she was small-sized and weighed 14 lb). On Monday I also noticed many small petechiae on her ears and tummy and her eyes were bloodshot. Her gums were however pink.

      On Tuesday morning there was still no stool, no appetite, no drinking water. She could barely stand on her feet and could not sit for too long in one spot ( she climbed on the couch, then a few minutes later she would sit in her doggybed, then on the floor). At 3 p.m. she defecated a large pool of almost black, tarry blood ( I guess melena). At this point, I barely put in her mouth 2 tablets of charcoal ( she would not open her mouth) and 2 hours later with the syringe I gave her an oral dose of a powerful antibiotic ( cephadroxil) because I thought she might have an intestinal infection and vitamin C. I also administered 2 mg of vitamin K ( subcutaneously) and 0.5 ml of an injectable antihemorrhagic.

      Tuesday evening she pooped for the second time bloody diarrhea and her gums began to turn lighter. She tried to walk, but she kept falling down on the floor. She started to cry and her abdomen became distended ( it was not distended before) and very painful. As she sat on her tummy , she pooped for the third time tarry diarrhea. She seemed to breathe normally though. Her gums were almost white and she refused to swallow the water in the syringe. She died at 12 a.m. that day.

      I am so devastated, I considered her my baby and nothing helped - I just watched her die. I know that a vet could have helped her, but I live alone and I have no car to take her to the closest city ( I bought the vaccines in the city and I vaccinated her myself) to be placed on IV fluids.

      I have no rat poison in the house, nor in the backyard and I have no neighbors. Please, I would truly appreciate your honest opinion - she seemed to be better on Sunday evening and then died on Tuesday. Could a potential foreign body cause hemorrhagic gastroenteritis and should I have given her more vitamin K to stop the intestinal bleeding?

      Thank you in advance.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Since you are seeing symptoms suggesting problems (straining to defecate), seeing the vet at this point would be the best choice.

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      maddison 3 years ago

      My 7 month pit boxer mix ate a box of un used condoms at least 7 of them she ate them last night and is struggling to go to the bathroom. Should I take her to the vet?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Vicki, with strings, there are chances for linear obstructions; however, several times they may pass uneventfully. Here is what a vet has to say about it: http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/337i7-dog-ate...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Wow,what an ordeal Vikki! I am happy to hear he is doing better. Labs are notorious for having a "Hoover" reputation!

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      Vikki 3 years ago

      alexadry,

      Update on my 13 month old black lab. the one who ate part of his bed cover. The vet FINALLY did a barium. As suspected, the material was still sitting in the stomach. An emergency scoping was done the very next day. It took two hours to get all of the material out going through the throat. Apparently the vet had a difficult time getting it out since whenever she would pull, the material would break apart, but she hung in there! He had other complications as a result. He is doing better though!

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      vicki 3 years ago

      i have a suspision that my staffyXwhipet has swallowed elasticated cooking string that is put on pork what should i do?

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      Vikki 3 years ago

      Thank you and will do!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Make sure you check the stools using a stick and look inside the stools as well as the cloth can be mixed within. I know, that's the less endearing part of dog ownership; can't tell you how many times I had to inspect poop like that, I hope it passes through, best wishes for a speedy recovery, yes keep me updated if you can!

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      Vikki 3 years ago

      Alesxadry, thanks for the information on VCA. I swtiched the dog food to canned and mixed it up so that it was a puree consistancy. So far, he is able to keep it all down. That's the good news. The bad news, still no sign sign of blanket particles. My boyfriend did place a call to the vet and the vet said there are a couple of things they can start doing. First, would be to give the dog barium and keep him overnight. Second, would be to do the scope down his throat. Will keep you posted.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Great news! Thanks for the update!

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      Dingle65 3 years ago

      Thank heavens the thick plastic bag came out with a big rip in it today so all is well. I feed her raw meaty bones normally anyway so the actual chicken is not a worry I think. Thanks for your comments. :-)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Labs are notorious for getting into things and swallowing them! You are right that the plastic bag can't be digested, the outcomes therefore can be three: 1) she may vomit it up 2) it will pass through 3) it will cause a blockage. You'll need to keep an eye for symptoms of an obstruction and check the stools for traces of the bag in the next days. Here is what some vets say about similar circumstances:

      http://www.justanswer.com/pet/1z9l8-dog-ate-plasti...

      http://en.allexperts.com/q/Ask-Veterinarian-700/do...

      http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/7wi51-last-ni...

      Also see my hub on eating chicken bones:

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/What-to-do-if-Dog-Ate-...

      Best wishes!

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      Dingle65 3 years ago

      My 2yr old Labrador retriever stole and swallowed whole a sealed plastic bag containing a raw chicken quarter (thigh and drumstick). I reckon she crunched it maybe twice so the bag may have been pierced a bit but definitely not ripped open. What should I do? She is still wanting to eat and seems relatively normal at the moment. She is used to a raw meaty bones diet but I am concerned because this big lump of chicken and bone was in a sealed bag so presumably can't be digested and I'm worried about it causing a blockage. Help!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      I would say have the vet run more tests to see what is exactly is causing this. By two weeks, the blanket should have passed, unless the zipper is lodged somewhere and it's causing a partial obstruction that causes on and off symptoms.It may be the blanket is not the issue, but something else, especially since you said the vet didn't find anything on x-rays. Definitely have him seen especially since you mention he is losing weight and his ribs are starting to show! If you never went to a VCA animal hospital, google free VCA exam and you can get a coupon for a free exam but you'll pay for tests, etc. Anyhow can help save some money. I hope your pup feels better soon! Best wishes.

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      Vikki Owens Rouse 3 years ago

      HELP! I am worried sick. My boyfriend and I have. 13 month old black lab. Approx two weeks ago it appeared that he may have eaten part of his fleece blanket and possibly part of the zipper. I did find the pulling part of the zipper on the ground. We saw some evidence of the blanket in his poop, but not much. My boyfriend took him hunting about two weeks ago and said the dog and been vomiting and a little bit of runny poop. When he came back from the hunting trip, my boyfriend brought him to the vet. X-rays were taken, but nothing was really showing up. The dog does eat and then throws up his kibble. Yesterday, Jan 31, our dog was not interested in eating. I put him in his kennel before I left for work and put his bowl of uneaten food with him in case he was hungry later. When my boyfriend got home he noticed the dog never ate nor did he poop. When I got home from work, his dinner was untouched. I made some scrambled eggs and he ate that all up and drank some water. He did not vomit at all, pooped very little. This morning our dog ate some of his leftovers from last night and pooped very little. Still no signs of any blanket. This evening We fed him some kibble mixed with some canned food. He ate some but not all. A few hours later, he vomited a lot! Large blobs of kibble. Still no signs of blanket particle. I am worried sick because our dog is losing weight, ribs are slightly starting to show. He has bursts of energy and then he is quiet. Side note, prior to his vomiting this evening I noticed he was pacing a lot. That's when I put him outside and then discovered the vomit. I waited awhile and made him scrambled eggs which, so far he has kept down. He is quietly sleeping now. I am so s area for his well being and my boyfriend says he doesn't know what to do. He wants to "play this out" and see what happens, but I am afraid that more damage is bring done. My boyfriend also bought a mild laxative to see if the dog will pass it. Other than invasive surgery, what can be done? Help help help!!!! I don't have the money to for anything expensive.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Yes, if she is vomiting you should contact your vet and have her seen, best wishes!

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      wl 3 years ago

      she just pooped yesterday and I thought she was feeling better. my parents continued to feed her normally and she just puked out all the food. I should bring her back to the vet tomorrow, right?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      I would report back to your vet and ask him how to proceed. She may have nausea/pain. When did she last poop?

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      wl 3 years ago

      my 7 years old maltese ate a chicken bone in the morning the day before and she look like shes in pain. so I took her to the vet and got an x-ray yesterday. the doctor found fragments of the bone inside her tummy with a lot of gas. the doctor just instructed me to give her some anti vomitting and anti biotic medicine for my dog and not to eat or drink in the next 24 hours. today morning she has no appetite when i tried to feed her a few pieces of soaked dog food. do you have any idea what should I do next? thanks

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Sounds like good news! Best wishes!

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      Alfred F Jones 3 years ago

      Thanks :), as for the piece it fits the hole, and I have kept my eye on him, and he at his dinner and was excited to have a treat. He played and his poo looked normal. So I am assuming he didn't eat any of it, the plastic that is. But I'm gonna keep an I on him. He held down his food and water so I think he'll be fine. Thanks again for the help.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      If you place the piece you found on the piece missing from the bottle, does it look like it fits well or could there be more missing? That should tell you how much your pup "may" have ingested. Hopefully, if he did ingest some, it was chewed or not large enough to cause problems. To answer your question it's hard to tell if it would create problems as this depends on the size and the way it positions as it passes through. This is why vets do x-rays and other tests. It's sort of odd that he's refusing food, as puppies should be hungry and eating. Usually it takes some time though for symptoms of blockages to occur. Feeding some bread may be helpful if there were any sharp edges so the bread can form a 'cocoon" around it and help it pass through, but if this happened a while back, it may not help. You should keep an eye on him for signs of obstructions if the piece was large and you should see your vet immediately if you see any of those listed in the article. Luckily, in most cases, things pass without problems. I have had my fair share of worries when my dogs were pups and I remember celebrating when food was kept down and there were poops in the following days. I hope it turns out the same for your fellow!

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      Alfred F Jones 3 years ago

      My pitbull puppy had been playing and goofing all morning and noon, not to long ago he had found a empty water bottle and he played with that. I happen to go and check on him and noticed him chewing, I opened his mouth and I didn't see or feel anything.

      I took up the bottle and noticed that the entire bottle was intact except for a small corner about the size of a penny. I found a piece of it and now I'm worried he might have swallowed some or if the piece I found was it. As soon as I took the bottle he laid down and looked sad, then feel asleep. I was worried because he would just lay there and my brother came down stairs, Brutus (the pit) walked up to him and laid down. He usually barks and runs around. His now walking about and he did drink some water but when I offered him food he turned his head. He's doing his tricks and licking hands and chasing feet...is he going to be okay based off this? Sorry if this part is gross but before I posted this his stool looked normal. PS: he is playing normally and barking, do you think he was just tired or should I still worry?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Stephanie, unfortunately there is no way to know for certain. Even when you take your dog to the vet for a possible blockage, they won't know if there is one for sure until they do x-rays or a barium study. Of course, based on symptoms alone, they can determine if it's more likely than not, but the definitive answer comes only from running diagnostics. Orange stools or orange mucous often comes from excessive bile production staining the stool, and because of faster transient time, the stool doesn't have time to become brown as it passes through. So your best bet is to take him to the vet, best wishes!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago

      On Sunday evening, my year-old 25lb labrador/jack russell got hold of a boiled corn cob and chomped it down. The next morning, he threw up about a third to half of it (the vomit was pure cob too -- none of the food he'd eaten after the fact). Judging from that, he chewed it up into pretty small pieces. His bowel movements have been at a regular frequency, and there was lots of corn cob visible in it in the first two days afterwards. His high activity level, appetite, etc., all have remained totally normal. However, this morning (Wednesday) he's had two small bouts of diarrhea composed entirely of what looks like dark orange mucus. Is this a sign that some of that cob is still lodged inside?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Did the vet tell you to take a wait and see approach? I hope it all passes with no problems. It's good he's on the larger side~! best wishes!

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      Melissa 3 years ago

      I had to alert my vet this morning after my 6mth Rotty/Border Collie ate the gel pack in a meat tray followed by a sanitary pad. He still has a ferocious appetite and was pretty keen for a run this morning so I'm hoping he's ok and it passes through like everything else does. He didn't seem to mind me feeling his tummy, bowel area either.So far so good.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      It's good that your pup was able to get rid of a huge amount of pillow pieces, but was it all of it? Good question! Until we have eyes capable of doing x-rays we are unable to know. It's ultimately your call, see the vet or wait it out by keeping an eye on him. Honestly, I always think it's best to see the vet for peace of mind and to assess the situation, if he lost lots of blood and had lots of diarrhea, you may want the vet to check him over to see if he's well hydrated and not anemic, I hope it all turns out OK!

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      Adrien 3 years ago

      My 6 month puppy recently ate chunks from a pillow. Last night he had recurring diarrhea with blood. Then he pooped out a huge wad of pillow pieces. I'm hoping in doing so it cleared the entire intestinal obstruction, but I'm still wondering if I should see the vet. Or if I should just continue feeding him rice-chicken breast mix.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Wow, you sure have a Hoover dog on your hands~! Yes, you dog is lucky to have such a caring owner! I hope you have good pet insurance.

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      Rottielovermi 3 years ago

      My dog, a 3 year old Rottweiler, has had 3! obstructions!! She had her first one, after eating a sock...thankfully after 3 days in puppy ICU, she passed it on her own. The second came just 3 mths later. She again ate a sock, that had to be surgically removed. 4 mths after that, she again started to act funny, and I took her back to the vet...by now, they are calling her "zipper" They saw a mass of something in there, and again had to go in after it....turns out, it was my other dogs collar!! she had eaten it right off of my other dogs neck!! UGH! I decided to make her wear a muzzle in the house, when I couldnt watch her every second! It was better then being crated ALL the time!! Somehow, she got the muzzle off, and ATE IT!! oh that dog! my Vet thinks she has PICA, but it seems she may have grown out of this behavior, because its been 2 years, and no problems since!! My "free" puppy turned into my $3000.00 dog....shes lucky I love her soooooo much! :)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Lizabug, this is not unheard of. The Merck Veterinary Manual lists fever as a symptom of small-intestinal obstruction. http://www.merckmanuals.com/pethealth/dog_disorder...

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      Lizabug 3 years ago

      If our white lab/gold retriever mix swallowed a sock could it cause a high fever? We took her to the emergency vet because she was lethargic. She was running a fever of 106. They did blood work, urinalysis, etc...and everything came back negative. Anything that she could have gotten into would not have caused the fever and things that would cause the fever came back negative on her tests. This is the second time she has had a FUO. The following day she did pass a sock while pottying. Is it even remotely possible that a partial blockage was the cause of fever? She came home that evening, after pushing IV fluids for about 4 hours, perfectly fine-no fever and hungry as could be, but we were advised if this happens again we may want to consider a specialist. She is a vacuum cleaner and has eaten everything from a hardcover science book, to a prescription (which required a trip to the vet), socks, sticks, tampons, pens, pencils, cat poop, and anything else she can possibly get her mouth on. Any thoughts or advice? Thank you.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      I would see the vet to just play it safe. Sometimes dogs get partial blockages. Vomiting bile comes from vomiting on an empty stomach, at times dogs get this when their stomach is empty for too long-- like during the night and get better when a little snack is given in between meals.

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      Megan 3 years ago

      Our lab mix stayed with my parents while were were out of town, and apparently ingested both a chicken bone (which they aren't sure about), as well as the rubber part of the basting brush my father was using on the grill. My sister, who has worked at a vet, gave her cotton balls. We haven't seen her pass anything-the brush, the bones, or the cotton, and it's been more than a week annd a half now. But, since she's been back home, she's been throwing up bile. Just bile, no food or anything that makes it look like a blockage. She's not lethargic, she's eating well, and she's going to the bathroom. I'm just concerned about the bile since it's a few times a day and she seems like she's hacking a bit. Dog has really bad allergies, could be that as well, but was unsure if we should be concerned about the bile. Any suggestions? Thank you!!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Thank Dog, your pooch was always OK and never got an intestinal blockage and also good your in-laws have that sense of humor!

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      Janell 3 years ago

      My dog has eaten several pairs or underwear. The first and most embarrassing was a red thong that he puked up at my inlaws and they gave it to my for an anniversary present months later. He has also pooped out panty hose, socks, route paper and a needle. He's precious.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      What kinds of nuts were in there? Some nuts may be toxic to dogs and the fatty ones can cause pancreatitis. I would see a vet to play it safe. http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-article...

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      Kim 3 years ago

      Hi,

      Our overweight 20lb dog got into a bag of mixed nuts yesterday. Probably a cup or two. He has been throwing them up. He's acting fine, hyper and playful, wanting food and water. But he's still throwing up. How long can this happen before we should be concerned that it could actually be an obstruction? I was actually worried about it last night because his belly was really distended, which it isn't now. Really he's just still throwing up. Thanks in advance!!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the votes up Lesliebyars. It's always a good idea to supervise dogs when they are eating bones or playing with toys, just to be safe and prevent intestinal blockages in dogs. Also, important training the leave it and drop it command.

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      lesliebyars 3 years ago from Alabama

      I really enjoyed reading this hub. We have a Rottweiler and we have to watch her somewhat. We have to be careful when we have bones around. I voted up and useful.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Those are good signs, best wishes!

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      Karis 3 years ago

      He is still pooing and eating, he's still his usual hyper self. Il take him to the vet tomorrow. Thanks

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      If the bone was large and it was swallowed you should see the vet right away to check where the bone is stuck (they can do an x-ray and retrieve the bone with an endoscope if necessary-- at times this helps you avoid surgery) best of luck!

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      Karis Ferguson 3 years ago

      My puppy is 11 week old jack Russell and he just ate a rib bone. He squealed a little and I rubbed his back seems to have settled in his stomach. This was about 20 mins ago what do I do?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      I really wished I could help, but because your dog has these tumors and on top of that digestive issues, I recommend contacting a nutritionist. While there are home-made diets that can be prepared at home, you do not want to feed foods that may interfere with the immune system and feed cancer cells. There are many books on the subject and websites I would recommend taking a look at as well.

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      Julie 3 years ago

      my 11 year old boxer has started eating bar soap. He has abdominal tumors that are to big to operate on. Is there a diet that will sooth and aid his digestion. Rocks is my baby and I would love to make him as comfortable as long as possible. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciatrd. Thanx in advance.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Yes, cheese is digestible, so it should be disintegrated by your dog's stomach acids. It may cause a bit of diarrhea though as some dogs don't tolerate milk products well. Looks like he's doing fine so far, which is a good sign! Best wishes!

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      Jasmyn Hawley 3 years ago

      I have a 5 and 1/2 month old staffy and last night i cut him a block of cheese (ive done this before and hes been fine) i turned around for acouple of minutes and next thing i hear him choking on it, we helped him stop choking and he swollowed it i did see him chewing it into pieces at first thats when i turned away. Should i take him to a vet? He doesnt seem to be any different to normal but am worried it might get blocked or something. Does cheese disintigrate into smaller parts?...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      If I recall well, Greenies changed their formulation recently to make them more digestible so to create less issues. Their website claims to test the greenie by tossing one chew in a glass of water and watching how it softens over time. However, there are still chances they could cause problems. it's worth pondering though if they may have eaten something else that may create problems or if there are other possible causes. Here is the greenies website:

      http://greenies.net.au/easytodigest.aspx Are they having regular bowel movements? I would see the vet to determine to play it safe and to find out what could be causing the problem, it's odd that both of them got sick at the same time. Best wishes!

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      Sean 4 years ago

      My Bullmastiff and my Presa Canario are both vomiting about 4-6 hours after eating for the last 36 hours. They have been on the same food for a year, but in the last ten days they each ate three of the Jumbo Greenies. They eat them pretty quickly, but have never had a problem in the past.

      Now they went all day not getting sick after I fed them some bread and rice this morning. 4 hours after eating new dog food tonight they started vomiting up barely digested piles of food.

      I don't know what to do for them.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      You should inspect his feces for the next few days until you hopefully see the scrunchie pass. If you don't see it within 3-4 days and he starts acting ill, chances are it's lodged somewhere. Another option is to ideally see your vet and have him give you an idea of where it's at and if it's moving along or not. Feeding bread or plain pumpkin (not the one with spices added) may help it pass through. Another choice is a rice diet, as this vet recommends:

      http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/701zs-dog-swo...

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      Marsha 4 years ago

      I did see parts of the blanket.

      As for the hair thing, I have not seen any evidence of it in his poop and he has a probably 10 bowl movements since he ate it. How long should I continue giving him the mineral oil?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Marsha, good thing you induced vomiting successfully. Did you see parts of the blanket? For future reference, try to train the leave it and drop it command as outlined here, it can be a life saver! https://hubpages.com/animals/The-Importance-of-Tra...

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      Marsha 4 years ago

      I induced vomiting to get rid of the fleece blanket. I'm guessing it all came up since he had three large piles of vomit.

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      Marsha 4 years ago

      My 19 week old ate something that looked similar to a hair scrunchy. He found it on the ground so I'm not totally sure what it was. This happened yesterday. He seems fine so far. He's energetic, playful and he's had 6 bowl movements since he ate the hair thing. I have been giving him sweet potatoes, pumpkin and he's had 3 tsp of mineral oil. Today I noticed he ate part of a fleece blanket! It wasn't a large piece, maybe 2inches x 2 inches.

      He had surgery Feb 1st to remove a collar bad metal tag that he swallowed. I can't afford another surgery so soon!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      It can be the chicken skin, this can cause an upset tummy in some dogs with sensitive stomachs. If the Kong pieces ingested are small they should pass easily, especially if your puppy is not a toy or small breed. It's a good idea to keep an eye and report to the vet if you see symptoms of a blockage. A bland diet for upset stomach may be helpful, best wishes!

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      Jen 4 years ago

      My dog ate the top third of his puppy kong 6 days ago. Pieces had been coming out in his normal looking poos with no symptoms of blockage. Just today he has had 2 episodes of diarrhea and bad gas. It could be the chicken skin I was using during training or... I'm afraid to think of it. I'll wait to see what comes out of him tomorrow.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Indestructible toys are good for a Hoover dog as yours. Also, great to train the leave it and drop it command, you can find here: https://hubpages.com/animals/The-Importance-of-Tra...

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      Kristen 4 years ago

      I have an 8 month old boxer, Maximus, who will eat anything he is not supposed to. He had two toy tennis balls that he chewed to pieces and then swallowed some of the pieces. He became very ill and had to have surgery to remove the pieces. He now only has indestructible toys and no access to anything with stuffing or anything small enough to swallow.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      If her stool was OK in the morning that's a good sign, but if she still gets sick or acts abnormal I wouldn't hesitate to take her to the vet. It's always good to be cautious than sorry, best wishes!

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      scratchJm 4 years ago

      This morning my dog had a regular poo when I took her out. I left her at home and when I came back (about 5 hours later), the apartment had a bad smell, and it took a little looking to find the source because she had eaten it. All I found was some dried up smear of either poo, or vomit. I assumed it was poo, because the smell was gassy, and when she had ever vomited in the past, it had no smell. But then she vomited a few minutes later while I was there (liquidy and brown and stinky)--and once more about 15 minutes later and then had a diarrhea. There was nothing for about an hour, and then we went out again and she peed and had another small amount of diarrhea. She doesn't seem to feel badly, except for the moment right before and a few moments after she would vomit or diarrhea. But otherwise she's being normally active-- when we were outside both times right after the diarrhea, she was trying to play and was jumping around. There was no blood in either the vomit or the diarrhea. She hasn't had any vomiting or diarrhea in about 4 hours now, and I just gave her a little water, and figured in the morning I would cook her some rice to eat. She's had diarrhea in the past, but it always clears up in 12-24 hours and she gets back to regular poos. but after doing a little internet research, the fact that she was vomiting AND having diarrhea, and also that the vomit had a bad odor, made me a little worried, since it seems that this can happen with a partial intestinal blockage. There's nothing I can think of that she may have eaten in the apartment, and the only thing outside that she really gets into is sticks. And she also did just make a normal stool this morning. So I don't know if I'm worrying Too much now, or if I should be worrying More...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      So far it looks like she is getting it out from both ways which is a good sign. If she was vomiting only and not pooping I would see that as a concern, but since she's pooping too it's a god sign. When a dog gets a blockage it's like a pipe that gets blocked. If your drain is stuck and you pour water it doesn't go past the blockage and the water comes back out. If the water goes down the drain though it means there's an outlet. So this means, the food your dog is eating these days is flowing well through the intestinal tract and making its way through the other side. It's true though that in some cases partial blockages take place, so it's always a good idea to keep an eye on her in the nest few days. Consider also that it can take for up to 48 hours for items to come through, so you may still find more pieces so it's not a bad idea to keep an eye on her for the next 48 hours and watch for any worrisome symptoms such as difficulty pooping, not being able to keep food down and abdominal pain. Of course, see your vet if anything concerns you; you know your dog best! Kind regards!

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      Moniesuz 4 years ago

      Sorry about the typos above- she pooped... not popped! She has pooped a couple times today-- most recently about 10 min. Ago and there was more Nylabone in it! I think it's been enough to account for most of it...

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      Moniesuz 4 years ago

      My 9 mos. old snauzer/Scottie mix ate part of her non edible nylabone! After just 8 hours she popped and there were lots of pieces in there... This morning she pooped and there were some more pieces... Acting and eating just fine... This evening -about 30 hrs. After eating the nylabone she threw up some pieces. Still eating and playing.... should I be worried there is more that didn't get out? Seems like most of it, but Ivan concerned that it took 30 hrs to throw those bigger pieces up.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Kim, it's best to see your vet when in doubt. Dog intestinal blockages can be dangerous and it's not worth the risk. Some dogs also have partial blockages at times and these can go on for some time and owners cannot explain the random vomiting. Please read my hub on leave it and drop it commands to prevent intestinal blockages. If you can't watch your dog for some time, confine him for the time being to be safe. Best wishes!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      In a big dog as yours, there are chance this may pass uneventfully. However, it is also true that there are no guarantees. As a general rule, if your dog shows any out of the ordinary symptoms you should see your vet. If he is not eating or drinking, I think this already warrants a vet visit to play it safe. Feeding canned plain pumpkin, bread or mashed potatoes may help at times, best wishes!

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      Jacquelyn 4 years ago

      My great Pyrenees, Berkley ate a cat toy, it was a plastic ferret covered with rabbit fur and fake skin. He ate all of the hair and skin off the toy, will he be able to digest it? He wont really eat or drink but he hasn't puked or pooped yet, will he be okay?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      This is something you would have to ultimately decide, my take is to always see to vet because when you catch things early they are easier to deal with. I cannot take the responsibility for saying wait and then your dog goes downhill. I now some people that waited and the thing passed, and people who have taken the dog to the vet, took x-rays and the vet at times took the dog into surgery or told them to wait and watch the dog. So it's one of those things you don't know until x-rays are done and sometimes even x-rays don't help much. Wished I could help more, kind regards.

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      Kim 4 years ago

      I think my dog has aten something again. He is vomiting bile again but he is eating, drinking and having bowel movements. The last time this happened I didn't know what was wrong with him and in about 2 weeks he vomited out a lego piece. I was just wondering if I should just wait it out for a little while to see if he gets it out on his own or should I make an appointment for the vets?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Edited to add: how does the vomiting look? If there would be an obstruction in the esophagus, you would expect your dog to be regurgitating rather then vomiting. Here is an article that helps differentiate the two:

      http://www.helium.com/items/1252298-dog-regurgitat...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      I think Hamish should be seen by the vet again, I don't like these symptoms. Some dogs do vomit after surgery, due to the excitement of being back home, but after a few hours they should settle and be able to keep food or water down. By 4 days, he should be recovering, so perhaps the vet missed something? can you see another vet, if this vet is not being helpful? try to give food very slowly and in small amounts. For instance, you can give some meat-based baby food (with no onion or garlic) which is very bland and let him lick a bit off your finger every now and then, versus feeding one big meal. If you suspect something caught in the esophagus, you should see your vet. best wishes

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      Beck 4 years ago

      Hi my dog Hamish had surgery to remove string that was caught in his intestines, it's 4 days after surgery and he continues to vomit and will not keep food or water down. He is on anti vomiting, anti gas, stomach lining pills and antibiotics. Will he make it through this? Is this vomiting normal? The vet said he may have something caught in his esophagus but the x ray didn't show anything...I don't know what to do

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Sherriwinkel, I am really concerned about your girl and there is nothing you can do at home for this if this is an obstruction. How big is your dog? the smaller the more likely it may be an obstruction. Please have her see a vet and have x-rays taken, you do not want to end up loosing her as this person did. I don't want to scare you, but this sounds like something that needs to be seen as soon as possible. Best wishes!

      http://www.justanswer.petmd.com/dog-health/63811-d...

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      sherriwinkel 4 years ago

      My dog swallowed part of a rubber spatula that fell off.. It is about the width of a dime that is this long.. [ ] She swallowed it about a week ago and she has been bloating ever since. I'm terrified.. she won't poop that much. She won't eat very much. Is there a way we can get it out? Is that the reason she is bloating? Will she survive? I'm so scared!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      An x-ray may help determine if there are any obstructions, has your vet done any? Because rawhide may not show well in x-rays, giving some barium may be helpful. I would discuss with your vet this option if no x-rays were done yet and if your vet was not aware of the rawhide issue. On the other hand, you should see more vomiting in the case of an obstruction and if she vomited on Wednesday, there was not much food left in her to form a stool as she normally would. However, keep n mind that partial blockages do happen, so it would be best to discuss your concerns with your vet, best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      GammonWay 4 years ago

      This is Friday. Wednesday night my yellow lab mix threw up her dinner during the night. Thursday morning, she was listless and weak, and laid down way out in the yard and I had to actually go an get her and bring her in. I took her to vet. Lab work normal except for a minor dip in liver enzymes. She didn't seem to be in pain. Vet said a little pain when palpating stomach, but not much. Her temp was 105.9, so we got it under control. Started her on antibiotics. Came home and her fever stayed high throughout the day and night - near 106. I cooled her down periodically with cool cloths on her tummy and ice packs around her neck and shoulders. She has also been panting heavily and with rapid breathing. She is particularly weak in the hind quarters. Her fever finally reduced this afternoon to near normal and is still near or at normal. She has eaten every meal. She is VERY thirsty and drinks lots of water, something she had started doing just prior to the onset. In fact, I've noticed an increase in water drinking over the past few weeks. They tested her thyroid yesterday and it was .06 so put her on Soloxine. She had a rawhide bone about one week ago today. We haven't seen her poop since some time Wednesday. I'm perplexed. Any suggestions? Her symptoms don't seem to gel with obstruction because she is eating, drinking, and has vomited only once. However, she isn't pooping either. Her stomach is not distended, but her mid-section (rib cage area) looks distended. Her hind quarters are still weak and look almost atrophied a bit. Again, I'm perplexed. Any suggestions?

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      willowsmom 4 years ago

      my dog ate a stick from a dove bar in January and just barfed it up in August. It didn't show up on the xray and she didn't have any blockage or other symptons, just an occasional and not unusual upset stomach. The stick was intact, no splintering, but was now black.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      If your dog has runny poop and is squatting, there are chances you may be dealing with colitis more than an obstruction (even though some dogs do have obstructions with diarrhea at times). With colitis, dogs develop tenesmus which causes a dog to have diarrhea and feel as if they have not finished pooping. You can read more about this here: http://www.vetbase.co.uk/information/colitis-expla...

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      chancetdog 4 years ago

      My black lab wolfed down a squirrel and tries but can't poop it out. He acts normally and runs, plays, etc. He just can't pass it. Been three days. Eats and drinks normally. Tries but just has runny poop.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Just an FYI, since corn season is here. A couple of days ago one of my neighbors left her trash can unattended for a few minutes. They had eaten corn on the cob and had a barbeque that evening. Their dog got into the trash and got into the corn. He started nibbling on it apparently and when the owner got in the kitchen and was getting ready to scold the dog, the dog swallowed a good chunk of the corn. Corn on the cob rarely passes once swallowed. Indeed, the dog had to have surgery to get it out. Happily, the dog is fine now, but it was a learning lesson for the family. Make sure you keep corn on the cob out of touch, a dog intestinal blockage is the most likely outcome!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Yeeeeeaaaayyyyy! Took a while, but it is important that it passed! I bet you were never so happy for her to be pooping! For future reference, I recommend training a solid leave it and drop it command just in case, here is how to teach it:

      https://hubpages.com/animals/The-Importance-of-Tra...

      Best wishes!

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      Chantal 4 years ago

      Alexadry , I want to thank you for all your advise it was very reassuring and helpful. I am so glad to announce, that Miley has passed the balloon . She is well and perfected in every way and after this hole experience ,I will keep all things way that might harm her . Little stinker : )

      Thanks again

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Because this is a small dog I would be concerned about a blockage at this point especially if you notice any worrisome signs such as throwing up, not eating, not defecating and not feeling right. Any chances you can borrow some money? I am concerned about this gal..Here are some tips

      http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/diseasesall/a/sick...

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      chantal 4 years ago

      she didnt chew the balloon she ate it hole .. thinking it was food that was dropped . eek

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Good to hear she is actually eating something. You can hide some plain pumpkin in the mashed potatoes too if she likes them, but mashed potatoes are also helpful in letting things pass. Be on the lookout for signs of trouble, as those listed in the article. I am sorry, but there is really nothing more you can do at home at this point. If there are worrisome signs, surgery is the only way out. Hopefully, she chewed the balloons up for the most part and will poop them out uneventfully soon...

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      Chantal 4 years ago

      Yes dosent really eat dog food that often because i have a 19 teen month old that is feeding her threw out the day , but yes she has eat everything that was offered to her today. I made some mash potatoes and she ate those to .. she been going pee but no stool yet .. She is very happy and acting like she always has ..

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      If she is seeking grass and not eating as she normally would, these are signs of possible trouble. Keep watching her stools and hopefully she will pass the balloons. You say she is happy and acting like herself which should like good news but then if she is not eating her dog food that is not a good sign. Did she eat anything at all today? Is her appetite completely gone?

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      chantal 4 years ago

      It was yesterday at noon ... I don't have the money to take her to the vet. I just spent 1200 on a broken leg and shots. she keeps eating grass and she vomited once after eating the grass. She had pooped at 5:00 pm yesterday but no balloon. She seems to be happy and acting like her self ... I really hope she will pass the balloon , as i am so worried about my lil miley .... Would she be sick by now ? I tried the bread she wont eat it at all,I even tried giving her wet dog food she wont eat t hat either ... She will eat just not dog food or bread .. Help

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      How long ago was this swallowed? If more than two hours have passed, all you can do is wait and see. It may help to feed some bread. Keep a close eye on the feces for signs of the balloon which should pass within the next 24-48 hours. Also keep an eye for signs of trouble such as vomiting, lethargy, anorexia, abdominal pain or straining an d report to your vet promptly if any of these signs occur. Best wishes!

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      chantal 4 years ago

      I have a 5 lb chihuahua she ate a water balloon today , will she be ok and what can i do ?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Kennel cough is spread just as colds are spread among people, so it is easy to get it from other dogs. I would suggest a vet visit so to come to proper diagnosis and treatment and rule out an intestinal obstruction. Best wishes!

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      Celina 4 years ago

      yes she coughs almost exactly like that, but after when she lifts her head up she'll have thick ropy strands of saliva. She isn't losing weight, which leads me to believe she does not have a full blockage, and she is able to eat the chicken and rice in small amounts. She has been around about 4 other dogs at my Mom's house, but none of them are having this problem. One of my mom's dogs escaped from her yard 2 months ago, but he's chipped and we got him back from the pound when he was found. Could this be the problem? He doesn't cough like Dutchess though.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Celina, if an obstruction went on for 2 weeks, by now your dog should be thin and very sick. Of course, there are always chances for partial obstructions, but you do not report symptoms such as vomiting and straining to defecate which are common with an obstruction. My first piece of advice is to see the vet, as there are so many possibilities of what may be troublesome. My second thought is has she been by any chance near other dogs prior to these two weeks? I am wondering if your are seeing kennel cough. Go to this link and watch the video and tell me if it looks like this:

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Dog-kennel-cough--caus...

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      Celina 4 years ago

      Hello! I need help! I have a 2 year old chihuahua/Terrier mix. Her name is Dutchess. I love this little girl dearly. She has always been the little hoover, although I never knew it was a serious problem, nor had I ever heard of making a dog throw up before now. She will eat anything of fabric that touches the floor. I'm the single mother of a 10 year old. So needless to say, almost everything my daughter touches ends up on the floor. We've been trying to be very careful about that since my daughter turned 10 last August. Anyways, for the past 2 years, we would find chewed up panties, socks, kotex, even shoes. Never any plastic or hard material. Well, 2 weeks ago my dog lost some of her appetite. She still eats, but not as much. She is huffing all the time like she's gagging almost like she is going to throw up, but nothing comes out. I constantly have to wipe thick ropy strands of saliva from her mouth. She has never drooled like this. We also have her Mom and that doggy does not drool like that normally either. I have been feeding her chicken broth and rice for 2 weeks and that seems to have helped a little. I have not seen her poop or throw up, but I am a single mom and working a lot of the time. Before she got sick, I would take her to my Mom's during the day, but My mom has dogs too and I am afraid of getting them sick too, in case it's contagious. I have almost no money for a vet. Does anyone know what I can do, and what this might be? I love this little doggy so much! Does anyone know if there are any programs I can qualify for that might enable me to get my Dutchess treated by a vet if she needs it?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Feeding plain canned pumpkin -not the pie mix with spices added, bread,or bran may help increase the passage of stool. Were these paper wrappers or the tin variety? The paper variety may be easier to pass. However, since she is already acting sick, your best bet is taking her to a vet.

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      Ireland 4 years ago

      My 5 yr old lab mix took 5 cupcakes, and their wrappers, off the counter 4 nights ago and ate them. She is struggling to have a bowel movement. She is drinking water but showing no interest in her kibble. She is eating/drinking white rice and chicken broth. I am thinking that the cupcake wrappers might be blocking her ability to poop. Anyone have any ideas of what I can do to help her?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      One of my neighbors just told me she bought a toy with a squeaker for her dog from a pet store. She said her dog loved the toy as it helped her dog release some "prey drive'. Yet, she did not watch her dog as she should have and the dog ended up swallowing the squeaker. $1,000 later the squeaker was retrieved through surgery. Moral of the story: Avoid toys with squeakers, or if you really want to give it to your dog supervise, supervise, supervise! Don't wait for a dog intestinal blockage to happen!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Melissa, if this occurred right after applying the Vectra 3D it could be an allergic reaction. Yes, food can also cause allergies but unless you have been feeding something new, I feel it is more likely to be a reaction to the flea product. I would consult with your vet. Here are some cases in a similar situation;

      http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/4ztdh-dog-bit...

      http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/3epwi-english...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Heartworm disease can cause fluid accumulation in the abdomen due to heart failure along with coughing, tiring , shortness of breath. Your vet will have to decide if it is safe to treat it or if it he/she is better off treating the heart problem with diuretics and other heart medications. Sending you best wishes.

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      kattie2k 4 years ago

      hello sorry it take long time before i got time to give an update..- my friend/dog had infection on her uterus after giving antibiotic and a pills to help her pee , and now its back to normal the size of her belly. but my problem now is the result from the blood test it was positive from heartworm.. :(

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      Melissa 4 years ago

      We have a 1 year old Male Chow Chow. About 3 days ago.....I gave him a bath and put some new flea medicine on him, Vectra 3D. The next day he started chewing on his tail and back foot, and ever now and then he will bark or let out a low growl or whine. I gave him another quick bath and hope it was the flea stuff...but he is still doing it, hes chewed the hair off a small part of his tail. (I ended up covering his tail with a sock so he cant keep chewing in the same spot. But it only happens once in a while, he will be fine a couple hours and then start up again, he does sleep through the night no problem. So I think he ate something he wasnt suppose too and after doing some research the signs seem to point in that direction, he would also be considered a hoover, we have had to induce vomitting because he got ahold of a pair of my stud earrings, we recovered those though. I've given him mineral oil on his food and are waiting and seeing. He is active, regular (solid) bowel movements, and is still eating. If he doesn't stop chewing at his tail when should I take him to the vet? Could it be something else? Anyone have any suggestions?

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      deesoto 4 years ago

      Ok, he's doing a little better today, day 7. Vet said his levels were good enough to take him home after running his blood test and creatine and other levels were better. He said we could take him home, get him comfy and try to get him to eat. He finally ate 1/3 lb of ham, and drank some milk! We tried his fave food, lean ground beef, cheddar cheese, turkey, but the only thing he ate was ham, so that was better than nothing. It was 6 days of only IV fluids, antibiotics, anti-nausea meds, and 3 blood tests, stomach xray, temp is normal. He's wagging tail, walking slowly, urinating fine. Drinking water on his own too so that's good. Vet said to call him in the morning. I know there was a barking dog there at the vet so Max is getting some much needed rest in his own temperpedic bed with his fave toy next to him. I'll keep you posted and thanks again for your kind words!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the update, sounds like things are going better, great!...keeping you in my thoughts. My dogs went 3 days without eating once we took them boarding, so that can play a role. I hope he gets to eat soon!

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      deesoto 4 years ago

      Hi Alexadry,

      Thanks for your reply, the vet did agree to another blood test today and now he's responding to the antibiotic because his kidney levels are way better and creatine is almost back to normal. He even got up slowly for an small walk outside the vet and went pee then small poop! Vet said that was great because it was days without bowel movement. But he still hasn't eaten anything, we made his fave scrambled eggs plain and no, turned his head. He did lick the bowl, then drank a lot of water. The vet still wants to keep him another night and see if the levels return to normal, run another blood scan tomorrow morning and try to feed him. Vet said if that's not it, maybe he's not eatnd anything because he's sad to be away from home, stressed, and a little nauseous from the IV and antibiotic. I did get a 2nd opinion from another vet and they said the blood work is better and that he used the bathroom is good. Thank you for your prayers and I'll keep you posted on him :)

      best to you too

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Poor Max..Yes, by any means if you can afford it ask for further testing. No point in just having a vet watch over him without investigating on the underlying cause and being more proactive. Call another vet for a second opinion and let them know what has been done so far. Some vets are more conservative (use a wait and see approach) while others are more willing to test and find out the root of the problem. I will keep Max in my prayers for you. Best wishes.

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      deesoto 4 years ago

      Hello Alexadry, everyone,

      I've been looking for answers online and signed up to ask for help. We have a 13 year old German Shepherd who recently had dark brown diarrhea on Monday, June 11. He also vomited light brown material, looked like a piece of 1" x 2" foreign object. I cleaned it up and gave him water, he drank and seemed ok. But he didn't want to eat his normal soft food, I suspected an obstruction since I saw something in the vomit. On Tuesday I tried to give him a little warm pumpkin, he tried to eat some, but then vomited that out a few minutes later with some white foamy saliva. He drank more water, I walked him and he was very slow moving, urinated a little, then a long 8" thin piece of something came out in his bowel movement, looked like a piece of plastic bag? Then I brought him back inside and he drank water, thought he seemed better, but his hind legs seemed wobbly. I called the vet, and they said to bring him in. We did on Thursday early morning, they said he wasn't really walking well on his own, ran xray, didn't see anything obstructing, ran blood test and they kept him overnight. Vet said he drank water, but they ran an IV for fluids so he wouldn't dehydrate. Friday, blood work came back, high kidney levels I think 120 when it should be 36 or so, high creatine, and the vet said he urinated but no bowel movement or vomit, but we went to see him and he looked so sad, helpless. Vet said they would give antibiotics and keep him overnight, that he's not doing well and I said what else can we do, he said he's old, but give him a little time. It's now Saturday morning, I'm going in an hour to see him and sooooo worried! Should I take him out of that vet and to get cat scan, which I don't think they did, or barium? He hasn't eaten a thing, poor dog is starving to death and I feel the obstruction is causing the main problems, and I don't know if his blood sugar is ok, but they said xray didn't show anything. I don't want him to starve or be in pain. He wagged his tail when we went to see him, but couldn't get up. He's very weak. Vet said they offered food, but didn't eat it. I'm making brown rice and bringing it, who knows what they tried to feed him if anything. I have some money saved up and I'm willing to try anything to help him! I'm trying to be strong but I'm crying, worried sick myself as I write this. Any answers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and please pray for Max.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Jessica, it is hard to say what may be going on as it would take some testing to really know. An x-ray would be helpful in such a case, and if inconclusive, you can have a barium study done. This should be able to demonstrate if there is a motility problem caused by an obstruction. After ward, you can go from there and see what the vet advises, best wishes!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Katie2k, keep me updated if you wish...

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      Jessica 4 years ago

      Hello- I apologize in advance as this might be long, but I want to give a full history. About 4 months ago, my nephew moved in with us and as kids normally do, he leaves things laying around. My 3 year old boxer mix started to eat his washcloths and then threw them up whole (this happened twice). At some point after that (several weeks after, not immediately), she started vomiting a white frothy substance often and also had several instances of a very hard, bloated stomach with lots of stinky gas (sometimes in conjunction with the vomiting, sometimes without). I was afraid of obstruction with her recent history, but the vet wanted to be conservative before trying xrays, etc. So we tried antibiotics, no food for 24 hours and a pepto bismol type substance prescribed by the vet for her. All her symptoms disappeared in 24 hours and she seemed mostly fine again for a few weeks. Occasionally, she still gets the bloated stomach with gas, but it tends to pass after a day or so. No issues with her bowel movements or appetite at any point in time. Today, however, I am very worried. I came home to 4 BIG piles of dog poop in the house (this is unheard of from my dogs). Normal consistency, just a whole lot of it. I can't say for certain that it was this particular dog (I have 3 in the house), but about an hour later the dog in question vomited undigested food (no prior vomiting found in the house that day), so it must have been her breakfast. This makes me suspect she was the one who pooped in the house today since the other dogs seem fine. I fed her dinner (which she ate, but not nearly as fast or excited as usual) but she also vomited that about 30 minutes later. Her belly is as bloated as ever-huge. She is passing gas. She is burping (normal for her). She has had one bowel movement, loose, but not diarrhea, no blood or anything in it. She does seem to be straining to go to the bathroom. She seems uncomfortable, but not in pain. She seems interested in eating again, but I am holding off. She has drank a ton of water this evening (3 bowls), more than normal, but she is keeping it down. I can take her to the vet tomorrow, but I fear they are going to treat her for an upset stomach again and I wonder if maybe we aren't just masking the real problem, a possible obstruction. It might also be important to note that we have a new puppy that is trying to chew everything under the sun, especially socks. I am fearing my boxer picked up one of these socks and ate it recently. Your thoughts on whether I should be concerned and how hard I should press the vet for more invasive treatment? Thanks in advance for your advice.

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      kattie2k 4 years ago

      just been at my vet this morning.- do some check up take some blood and stool from my dog..-have to go back again to get the result..-

      thanks for ur advice and i really hope my dog well be fine..-

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      I am concerned about the symptoms you are seeing. It may be an infection. I find it very odd for her to be in heat so shortly after giving birth. Please see your vet, best wishes.

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      kattie2k 4 years ago

      gud day! my dog give birth 3 months ago , then after 2 months her belly start to get big. its already more than a month now,. is it possible she is pregnant? or something desease she got? im really worried about it please help me. as for now she still eat and drink but not energetic as before...

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      kattie2k 4 years ago

      my dog give birth just 3 months ago..- does it possible to get her pregnant now? her belly is getting big thats why i was thinking she is pregnant..- but its really makes me worry a lot when i read this article. seems to fast to get her pregnant. or she eat something like bones that make blockage on her stomach.

      its almost 1 month and her belly is still bigshe still eat and drink dont see any vomiting only less energy on her and just notice already 3 days no poo??? please help me with this one i really dont know what to do... thanks in advance

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      No problem and no reason to excuse yourself, we are all concerned about our dogs when they are sick! Mucous generally means the intestines are inflamed, so yes it could be you are dealing with colitis. I agree, it is a good idea to see the vet especially since you mention he is lazy. I hope this clears up quickly, best wishes and keep me posted if you wish!

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      George 4 years ago

      Sorry for all the comments. Tonight George had a small completely mucus filled poop with no real substance, just seemed to be all mucus and no actual poop. He then strained to poop about 5 times after but nothing but drops of liquid came out. We have a vet appointment for tomorrow but we are concerned. He does eat Taste of the Wild food which had a recent recall for salmonella and I'm reading that can cause colitis which has the same symptoms George has (minus any vomiting). Tonight he is also pretty lazy and sleepy and is just laying down. Does this sound like anything in particular to you?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      If your dog is pooping and not vomiting this is a good sign. Your dog had diarrhea a few days ago (so stomach was emptied), plus he had pepto which cures diarrhea and the rice diet on top of that which is binding. Many dog owners end up with the same problem after diarrhea. It is a good sign he pooped even though it was small. Keep a close eye on him and report promptly to your vet if any vomiting, more diarrhea or loss of appetite/lethargy shows up, best wishes!

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      George 4 years ago

      Update since my post. George has pooped 3 times total today however each time was very very small, less than a quarter the size of a normal poop for him and they were all very very light, even yellow in color. Sort of like diarrhea but lightly formed.

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      George 4 years ago

      Our 1 year old boxer began having some diarrhea a few days ago over the course of 2 days. So this weekend we stopped feeding him for about 12 hours and then began feeding him a diet of boiled chicken and white rice, which as with all food he ate right up. We've given him 3 meals of this so far and now for about 24 hours he hasn't pooped besides 1 teeny bit of loose stool after 3 hours after his first meal of chicken and rice. We also gave him one pepto bismal tablet the other day as well.

      Should we be concerned? Is the white rice just binding him up so much that he isn't going yet? How long should we wait before bringing him to the vet? He has a history of eating stuff (swallowed 2 socks when he was younger) but we watch him like a hawk so we don't know what he could have eaten if anything.

      The ONLY change recently is we gave him a Merrick beef knuckle bone last week that he was obsessed with and chewed nonstop until we took it away a day or two before the diarrhea. He ate off part of one end of it but as far as we can tell it only came off in little tiny bits and no chucks but he chewed it in other rooms sometimes. Any possibility that has anything to do with it?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Moonlake, glad your friend's dog was fine! thank you, take care!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      A friend's dog just ate a belt. He was sick, thank goodness she got him to the vet in time before anything worse could happen.

      Good information Voted Up.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Courtney, I would have him seen just to play it safe. The bread and mashed potatoes (made with water not milk) may help pass glass through if it was recently ingested. Since this was a week ago, I find it hard for the glass to be causing issues now (unless your dog got into some parts remaining like under a coach or other place). Yet, there are rare cases of dogs passing stuff after weeks so better be safe and have your dog seen. Even if the glass is not the issue, the bloody stool is and you need to find out the cause for it (parasites, giardia, colitis) best wishes!

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      msts 4 years ago

      To sorry: Thanks for your kind words and for sharing.

      To alexadry: Thanks for creating the hub.

      To both of you May God Bless You.

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      courtney 4 years ago

      The blood is is a normal red color and there is not much only little drips I don't really know how much he ate but is eating drinking and is full of energy I came home to a mess and most of all the stuff was over the floor there was no blood in his mouth he will poop like 2 or 3 times in a 15 min peroid some times the stool is a solid sometimes its diarrhea but no tar looking I Gave him some bread and mashed potatoes

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      By now, the glass should have passed. Generally foreign items pass withing 48-72 hours. What color is the blood? If the stools are black and tarry, this indicted bleeding in the upper digestive tract, which can be serious. If bright, there may be different causes, parasites, stress, inflamed bowels, dietary indiscretion etc. In any case, your dog should see the vet to determine what is causing this and take care of it. Of course, this is not normal.

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      courtney 4 years ago

      My dog got into some glass about a week ago he is fine acting normal as usual but started to have a little blood in his stool do I take him in

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      sorry 4 years ago

      msts, sorry to hear your dog and you have gone through all that. if it helps you feel better, I lost my suzie (australian shepherd) last year in a similar way. She had eaten apparently part of a plastic toy and was vomiting but I thought it was just an upset tummy. Instead she got worse and worse and started having tarry stools. She got peritonitis and we had to put her to sleep because it was too late. i WAS sad the whole months after thinking it could have been avoided if only we knew what was going on, but dogs cannot talk so not much we can do there. Take care and don't blame yourselves.

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      msts 4 years ago

      Hi: We had a beautiful golden cocker spaniel. She loved to eat socks. She recently started eating sharp hard plastic things. Three weeks ago she started throwing up. She threw up a sharp black piece. Two Fridays ago we took her to the Vet. The Vet checked her out and said she was in very good shape, heart rate, breathing and stomach sounds were all fine. We would monitor her and see how she did. We had a two week follow up scheduled for this past Friday. She was doing so well we considered cancelling even tho it was free. Late Thursday She started vomiting again, only this time it was dark brown. The little she pooped was black. We went in for the Friday appointment. The Vet said she was in shock her heart rate was 160 and she was struggling to breathe, we might want to consider going to the ER. He said she needed 24 hr care. It would have been $500 for the overnight stay and $1000 for exploratory surgery. It was obvious she had internal bleeding from a sharp object. We agreed the next best option was x-rays. My wife and I came to a consensus if the x-rays turned up something bad we would need to put her out of her pain and put her down. The first words out of the Vet's mouth were this is bad, really bad. She had an obstruction and probably internal bleeding. On Friday night being the last appointment of the day was tough. We made the decision to put her down. She was only 5 1/2 years old. We did not expect to be leaving that night without our beloved pet. Two weeks prior if we had taken the x-rays, it could have been a different story. Now I am mentally and emotionally struggling with this decision, although it was probably the best for the pet. It all happened so fast there wasn't much time to think about it. We don't know if she would have survived surgery, and what damage had been done if she survived.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      management plays a big role of this. happy to hear you are so careful with him.

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      Harley's mom 4 years ago

      Harley is a lab that had 2 surgeries because of an intestinal blockage. She eats EVERYTHING, socks, rocks, remote controls, batteries you name it. My advice is to always supervise your dog and crate him/her when you cannot. Limit access to things they may eat. I no longer leave her in the yard alone; she goes with us. This has made things easier for us, because when we are around she knows she cannot gulp everything in sight and since when we are away she is crated. the chances for going under the surgeon's knife again are close to none, or almost!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      if your dog vomited part of the rawhide it could be he got rid of what was troubling him. which may explain why he is doing better now, keep an eye on him and call a vet immediately if you notice any worsening, best wishes!

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      bENJI 4 years ago

      bENJI ate a rawhide bone and is vomiting since yesterday, I read horror stories about this and am scared! If I wait a little bit more until tomorrow should it be ok? I was planning to take him tomorrow as en emergency vet can cost a tremendous amount of money! So far, he ate the rawhide yesterday and he vomited once this afternoon, there were parts of the rawhide bone in it, not sure why it came up after so much time? I know you cannot really tell me what to do, but an idea if it's ok to wait? he vomited once and now he ate his dinner already and so far so good. and he is eating normally so far and is also playing. thanks

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      You are welcome! I hope everything turns out fine! Keep me updated if you wish!

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      Cassi70 4 years ago

      Thank you for replying!

      She went pee last night... And I just took her out this morning and she went pee, but she isn't acting herself. She's normally hyper and runs to the door and then wants food, but she stopped at the middle of the stairs and just laid down so I carried her outside to pee, and she didn't want to eat or drink. Shes now laying in bed with me, and I swear she has a said face:(

      She's my baby and I would rather be safe than sorry. I will take her to the emergency vet in a couple hours...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      If she is not acting normal I would recommend having her seen. When vets say to take "a wait and see" approach they mean that at the first signs of trouble the dog must be rushed to the vet.

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      Cassi70 4 years ago

      Hello, my 5 pound chihuahua always seems to get my underwear out of the laundry and usually eats the crotch part. This has happened with over 20 pairs, she has even started eating my husband underwear bc I was so careful about her getting mine in the hamper, and she ate two crotches out of my jeans!!!!!! That's a lot of fabric...:(

      I took her to the vet a few times bc I was worried about an obstruction, but they always said they only saw gas. She usually would throw it up or poop it out, and never seemed bothered at all! She would act her normal self.

      But I have been sick the past few days and accidentally left my sleep shorts on the floor in my bedroom and I am guessing she ate them a day ago, bc she was in bed all of the next day with me, but it could've been last night... I'm just not sure.. She ate a huge part of the crotch of the shorts, so they are no longer connected. I am extremely worried about her bc she didn't eat that much yesterday and I felt her tummy all last night and it felt bloated.. And was making weird noises... I would take her to the emergency vet but my husband says that she always poops this stuff out and not to worry. But she seems kind of lethargic, and right now it's the middle of the night, and she didn't poop at all yesterday. Which is unusual..

      Should I take her to the vet later today? Or wait to see if she passes or vomits anything?

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      curious 4 years ago

      You mentioned that some items do not show on x-rays. can you please be more specific on which items can cause dog blockages but not show on x-rays? curious to know

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Have you been checking her latest stools? It can take up to 48 hours for stuff to show up in feces. if she chewed the underwear it could be passing and may be mixed in the stools. How much is missing? it sounds like the vets are trying to do an exploratory surgery which can be risky and pointless if there is nothing inside her.. if she just ate a few small pieces they may pass, but the lethargy and panting is worrisome. Can you seek the advice of another vet?

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      Amanda 4 years ago

      Hi- my 2.5 year old cava-poo ripped apart a pair of underwear...with some pieces missing, I kept a close eye on her. The next day she vomited and had diarrhea-neither revealed the missing pieces. I took her to the vet they did an X-ray and couldn't see anything. The vet thinks there is nothing in there but suggested a procedure that is 12 hours and $1000. Since then her only symptoms she has shown are lethargic and panting. She's eating fine and when she goes to the bathroom she's normal. Any ideas??? Please advise

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      brenda 4 years ago

      I just read this article and rushing my pOOdle to the vet because she has all the signs of a dog blockage and I caught her in the trash eating all sorts of things..

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      I hope so too, they will do x-rays and let you know from what they see. Best wishes!

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      beth 4 years ago

      I am happy to have stopped by! My dog ate one sock and is vomiting now and I guess we are heading to the vet first thing tomorrow morning.I hope it is not an intestinal blockage requiring surgery...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Happy to hear he is home! I am happy this article helped you! Best wishes.

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      Buddy 4 years ago

      Buddy is home and back to his normal self now, we had 4 days of hell but im so pleased he's pulled through.

      The vets didn't open him up and whatever was wrong with has now passed, he's still on antibiotics to be sure.

      Thank you for your reply and im much more clued up from reading this page, what a brilliant idea this was/is!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      I wonder if he may have a linear foreign obstruction, where a string bunches up the the instestines like an accordion. something worth thinking about...I think a barium test is needed to see this kind of obstruction

      http://www.highway24vetclinic.com/pages/on-the-cas...

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      Buddy 4 years ago

      Hi

      I am going out of my mind with worry for my 9 month old pup. On Sunday we noticed he was slobbering alot and monday very lethargic with a cough which turns to heaving. We took him straight to the vets who felt his abdomen and thought there was a soft mass in his tum. They gave him a painkiller and sent him home, we were up with him all night worrying as he was shivering and obviously in some discomfort. We took him back to the vets (sister company that deals with the small animals) and were told he would need to stay in as they suspected an obstruction, although couldnt feel the mass when he was put under anesthetic and called the operation off. His temp was up but he was eating. He was x-rayed and nothing showed apart from his spleen is further back than they would like to see.They decided to put it down to a virus. I picked him up the following morning expecting to see a difference but if anything I got him home and he seemed to be worse. He even wet where he was lying and is turning his nose up to food. He just lays flat with his eyes rolling and I had to check he was breathing on a few occasions. He passed a bloody stool and I decided he wasn't well enough to be home so I took him back to the vets who have run bloods and extra x-rays. Blood is showing signs of an infection. The x-rays look clear but his intestines are bunched up towards his stomach so you cant see his stomach and his spleen is still further back. The vets decided to send the x-rays for a second opinion before opening him up. I received a message to say they dont think its worth operating on yet. Do you or anyone reading this have any idea what could be causing this. Its killing me to see my baby, who is so full of life normally, like this! He is a typical beagle and will hoover ANYTHING but I cant pinpoint anything he could've eaten so have nothing to relay to the vet.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      If he threw up everything (the last vomit should have been liquid meaning he got rid of everything in his stomach) he should be fine as long as he did not eat anything else prior to the vomiting episode. Because he was induced to vomit it could be there was not enough food to form many stools as usual. The fact he went this morning should be a good sign. Keep an eye on him just in case and report to the vet if you notice anything unusual, best wishes

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      Worried Mom 4 years ago

      Hello, My 4 month old puppy ate a plastic bag full of treats and rawhide bones. I called the vet as soon as it happened and gave him hydrogen peroxide. He threw up the bones (which all came out full) and pieces of the bag. He is acting fine and ate dinner last night and breakfast this morning. The only thing is that he usually poops at least three times a day. He did not at all after dinner last night and this morning it was a very small amount. Should I be worried?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Helen, I hope your dog went potty by now, if not, if she is still acting normally, active and happy I wouldn't be too concerned about it for now. Make sure she drinks a lot, and adding a bit of water to the kibble may also help. Your vet is right about the i/d since it contains brewers rice and is bland. Keep an eye on her and report with your vet if you are concerned as he may prescribe a laxative/stool softener.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      You are welcome Molly, happy to hear a happy story!

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      helen saunders 4 years ago

      hi i have a golden retriever who is only 2 years old, last week she swallowed a corn on the cob, it got stuck in her intestines and needed surgery to remove it, after the operation she still would not eat and was still being sick, she ended up staying at the doggy hospital on friday night and again on saturday we picked her up on sunday 3 days after her op....she is now eating but im only giving her the special ID food, mixed with a little white fish...she has stopped being sick but still has not opened her bowels the vet informed me this is quite normal as the food is very bland but should be going quite soon...i have just walked round my garden with her and she has started to want to eat grass again and still no bowel movement. should i be worried again so far this has cost me £1400 as you can see im in the uk. any help would be great thank you xx

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      Molly's momma 4 years ago

      Just wanted to send a quick update to let you know that Molly our special springer spaniel is still pooping out pieces of pacifier 2 weeks later! I am just thankful she is passing it and that there have been no blockages this time around. She's been 100% normal though in ever other way, so that is good news! Thanks again for all the help here. . .

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Wow, some unique and smart guy you have there! I hope it passes soon, best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      Beltico 4 years ago

      I have a very special lab. He's 5 years old and has a mean appetite! Last summer he figured out the refridgerator. Child locks didn't cut it, so we have a chain around the fridge now!

      Most recently, he went on an undie binge. I'm pretty careful about keeping the house Dexter-proof, but this dog always seems to out smart me! I can only assume I left my bedroom door open, which I normally close when I leave. But a little over a week ago, I came home to the contents of my underwear drawer strewn about the room! He pulled the drawer completely out and had a hay-day. Now, I wasn't concerned at first since this wasn't the first time he'd gotten a hold of some panties. He always either passes them or throws them up within a few days. Not this time! He did throw up 3 pair (THREE PAIR!!) over a few days, but he stopped pooping and ate just slightly less than normal. After like 6 days, he started having diarrhea and was looking pretty plump and had stil yet to have a normal bowel movement, so we went to the vet. They kept him overnight and did all the testing and concluded that he had a partial obstruction. After about 24 hours there and with the help of some medication (can't recall the name), he finally pooped! Not quite normal, but normal enough for me to take him home. The last xray showed that the ojbect is now in the colon and should (hopefully) pass within the next couple of days. He's getting lots of walks/runs to get things moving and is on a chicken and rice diet for now. Giant vet bill and professional carpet cleaning later, I might finally start crating him while I'm gone!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Puppies tend to be indiscriminate eaters and as such are prone to swallowing non-food items. Turkey bones have the potential for causing dog gastrointestinal blockages. Call vets around to see if they offer payment plans, I am concerned about your boy!

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      Scaredmommy 4 years ago

      My 5 month old puppy is usually very active. Now he is lethargic but still walks to the door to go potty. He has brown water for his stools and vomits white foam after drinking. He is not eating, but is drinking water. He is cool to the touch, even his ears. His abdomen is not distended. This is day two and I am very scared. I have no money to take him to a vet. I also found out my husband threw turkey bones in the yard. If he ate them, will they digest eventually?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      There is really no way to tell if there is a dog intestinal obstruction without doing an x-ray and it is difficult to predict if you are doing the right thing without knowing what exactly is going on. Was the blood in the vomit just a little streak or more? Check his gums to make sure they are a normal bubble gum pink. Here are some helpful articles:

      https://hubpages.com/animals/Causes-of-blood-in-a-...

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Dog-upset-stomach-home...

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      Mel 4 years ago

      We have a 3 year old chocolate lab that likes to eat tissues, paper towels and apparently fabric. I came home yesterday to a big diarrhea mess in his kennel, he seemed to feel fine though. His stomach was making a lot of noise during the night and he woke up and vomited some blood. Then by lunchtime today my husband found a small pile of fabric scraps, batting and tissues with a little blood on the floor. He's acting normal, we've taken away his food for now so I don't know if his appetite is normal. We're waiting to see if he passes anything and have agreed to take him in if he starts acting lethargic or seems to be in pain. I need someone to tell me i'm doing the right thing :) thanks for the advice.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      From your description it sounds like perhaps there was some part of the bone blocking a bit. The pencil thin stool may have made its way around the blob with bone particles (thus the thin shape) and then whatever he shot out may have been what was hard to pass. At times, rawhide particles may clump together making stools hard to pass and straining. Since I am not a vet, I will direct you to vet's answer to a person in a similar situation, it is ultimately up to you to decide when your dog should see the vet, it is hard to answer something as such online, but I always recommend going to the vet if the dog is uncomfortable, here is the link:

      http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/2z90a-yorkshi...

      I hope the very best for your boy, keep me updated if you wish, best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      Rob 4 years ago

      Ah yes, I think I may have overlooked an important distinction. He is straining WHILE having the diarrhea, and after too. Like I said, it took a lot of strain to get that pumpkin colored stool a few hours ago. He's still scarfing down his rice, turkey, pumpkin (and some water I threw in for good measure) and his attitude is so good (willing/wanting to go on walks) that if I didn't know any better I wouldn't suspect anything wrong. Except for when he goes to the bathroom, he is pushing SO hard.. So hard he even made a strange sort of grunt I've never heard him make before. Ahhhh I just want to relax and see what happens but my anxiety will not turn off!!!

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      Rob 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for your reply. He is a little mopey but nothing overly concerning, I'm sure I would be just as mopey if not moreseo if my colon was inflamed! It's been about 36 hours now since the raw hide ingestion and he was able to pass a semi firm pumpkin colored stool this morning, BUT it was only slightly larger than pencil thin and he really had to strain, then it just SHOT out... About 8 inches long. He's still eating his turkey and rice, but won't even think about eating normal food. Only seems to be interested in small amounts of water when he exerts himself. Though he still is willing to exert himself and get excited about walks and going out. Is it still safe to continue to monitor this at home and not go to the vet? I'm just really scared of ending up in an emergency situation in the middle of the night, which I CANNOT afford. But I also can't afford to just throw $250 at a visit and x-rays (thus not having rent) just for an inflamed colons. It's so hard for me to tell if these symptoms really do require veterinary look or if I'm just being anxious as usual.. Hopefully you can help me there

      Again, thanks so much for your help.. I think you've already provided me with more information than my vet has! Thank you, thank you, thank you

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Rob, I am sorry if I did get to this last night. Since you mention he is having diarrhea and then straining, it could very likely be you are seeing "tenesmus". Tenesmus can be caused by colitis and should not be confused with constipation and straining due to not being able to pass a stool. Since there is no vomiting, it does not sound like the typical signs of an obstruction even though this can only ultimately be ruled out with x-rays. So I cannot obviously guarantee it is not an obstruction, but I can say it sounds more like an inflamed colon. You can try to keep an rye on him and continue the bland diet for a few days and see how it goes. When he has diarrhea, don't expect him not to potty right away the day after as usual, rather, it may take some time for new stools to form. if the straining is seen with diarrhea I really suspect tenesmus. See your vet though if the diarrhea continues and he starts acting sick (lethargic, loss of appetite, more diarrhea, bloody diarrhea etc). Because he is small, make sure he stays well hydrated, you can read more here, best wishes!

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Dog-upset-stomach-home...

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      Rob 4 years ago

      It's the following morning and he woke me up begging to go outside.. I got excited and he immediately went over to poop... More came out this time but still straining and still very soft. Still no distention or abdominal pain. Thoughts?

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      Rob 4 years ago

      WOW - I am so happy to have found your hubpage after hours of Googling. And you're still repsonding.. Ahh maybe I can get some peace at last! I gave my 23 lb Chihuahua/Jack Russell a 6" long x 3" wide one of these (http://tinyurl.com/7wqkcpx) dental treats about 24 hours ago. I was mindful and keeping an eye on him like I always do for about 45 minutes, but somehow I spaced out for about 30 and when I turned back around the whole thing was *gone*. He only got through about half of it in 45 minutes.. So I start freaking out because he could've sucked down a huge hard/raw piece.. I didn't hear any choking so I figured he's ok.

      Then this morning he tried going to the bathroom and nothing but a few tablespoon sized goops of diarrhea came out. I bring him in and send him back out to give another go after about 30 mins... Same deal. I take him to the park where he always does his business, same deal. Goopy diarrhea. However, he was up & at em all day, running around and having a great time at the park for well over an hour. Being his cheerful self. But the night rolls around and after close to a full 24 hours of him not passing a proper bowel movement, not eating, and only drinking water after exhausting himself at the park I start to really worry and go pick up some rice, pumpkin, and chicken. I make this up for him and he sucks it down.

      A couple hours go by and he still isn't drinking water or wanting to poop. I make some chicken broth and he drinks a little but then will have none of it. I try to give him a second serving of the pumpkin/rice/chicken but he won't have it until I put some in his mouth and get his taste buds going, then he takes it down slowly. But I pull out some turkey on it's own and he goes nuts, jumping around begging for some.

      So now it's been almost 5 hours since I fed him and although he's been acting a little lethargic and unenthused (then again it is way past his bedtime) he has had zero vomiting throughout this ordeal. I grabbed the leash to take him for a walk and try to stimulate the bowels, and despite being unenthused since eating he gets excited and spends the whole 20 min walk sniffing around and marking his territory.. No poop however, though there has been some passing of gas. His abdomen has also felt A-OK throughout all this.. No noticeable distention, pain, or discomfort and right now he's passed out sleeping. Does this sound like intestinal obstruction? Could the giant rawhide just upset his stomach/constipated him? I can remember a time or two where I ate something funny and got those constipated diarrhea cramps.. Could that be more likely to be what's going on than an intestinal obstruction? He did just start eating these less than a week ago and he scarfed down like 4x more than any other time. Or should I stop wasting time and call my vet and do some x-rays? It should be noted I don't really have the money to just throw away on that, but I don't want to be putting it off if this does sound like something serious

      Although I totally don't expect it, it would be unbelievable if you responded tonight and calmed my worries.. Because as it stands I am so anxious about this I may end up standing at attention all night just incase he gets ill :\

      Thanks so much and I really hope to hear from you

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      It is hard to say. If you would bring him to the vet, the vet could mostly tell from doing x-rays. The fact you are not feeding anything and the dog is not vomiting does not necessarily rule out an obstruction. The reason why dogs vomit when there is an obstruction is because the food cannot make it past the obstruction. With no food, the obstruction may not be creating problems. If your dog eats again and continues to vomit an obstruction would still be suspected. However, the fact he has been having bowel movements may be a good sign, but I think a vet visit is warranted especially if he continues to vomit when you resume feeding him. best wishes! note; it is a good idea to check his stool for any foreign bodies if you suspect he may have eaten something.

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      amy 4 years ago

      My lab was looping blood and vomiting on Friday night and saterday. Today his stool was normal for one and soft looking but no longer bloody for the others. Even a small treat is causing him to vomit again at this point so I have removed the food from him as of this morning (Sunday). I am begining to think that he is getting better. Does this type of behavior sound like an obstruction that has passed? If it did will his stomachs continue to be upset and cause vomiting? If so how long can I expect the vomiting to continue? Thanks for any help.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      What a cute fellow! the canned food can be warmed up (you can add a bit of warm water or warm broth (no onion or garlic)to make it more appealing. You can try to put a bit on the gums so to get a taste of it. Meat-based baby food (again with no onion or garlic is also a common food to give to dogs recovering. here are more tips:

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Dog-upset-stomach-home...

      Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      Santino1 4 years ago

      I took him to see someone else, they said the X-ray could have been interpreted as maybe food or something suspicious. They sent me home with anti biotics and canned food and said I will have to force feed him until he eats on his own. He has no appetite, I have tried offering him all kinds of stuff. I know rice and mashed and wet food might work but it doesn't what else could I try? This dog hasnt eaten in one week!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      A second opinion is always helpful! I would get some blood work done in case the other vet did not do it (but normally they do prior to surgery). Bring along your medical records of what the other vet has done so far. Seems like the issue has not been pinpointed yet as the vomiting and diarrhea continues. I wonder if the pancreas was at all clear of inflammation? I hope this other vet has a better idea of what is going on, sounds like a very frustrating situation! best wishes

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      Santino1 4 years ago

      They said he doesn't have parasites and he threw up after they fed him a small amount. He has had diarrhea and still no appetite for food 48 hours after surgery but he is drinking water and urinating. I am taking him to get a second opinion. No word back on the biopsies yet. Any questions you think I should be asking? Thank you!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      That is quite odd! If so, I would do more investigation if he is still acting ill and perhaps bloodwork to rule out other medical problems that would cause vomiting but that are not entirely related to the intestinal tract ie, liver problems,kidney problems or other systemic problems. it is a good idea to have done the biopsy of the stomach just to rule out IBD (irritable bowel disease and serious issues such as a GI lymphoma) I hope he feels better by the time you pick him up, so that this just remains an isolated, yet mysterious episode, sending best wishes for a speedy recovery, keep my updated if you wish!

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      Santino1 4 years ago

      he did have diarrhea right before the surgery as they were putting him under, they checked it and said nothing was in it and that bowel movement couldn't have contained anything from the stomach because it was too short of time. They also checked his intestines and found nothing. they did a biopsy of his stomach and other places. they also said his stomach didn't appear to be irritated and the doctor said over and over this all seems so weird. any questions you think i should ask in the morning? he is recovering at the vet hospital. thank you for your help.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Is he feeling better now or is he still critical? I find it odd they saw a foreign object only to not find nothing on the surgery table! Could it be he had a bowel movement just prior surgery and the item was expelled?

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      Santino1 4 years ago

      My Havanese is 5.5 years old, he started vomiting on saturday, i took him in sunday to vet. they didn't do blood or X-ray but prescribed anti vomit drug and gave iv(in back). He didn't eat and started dry heaving and tuesday morning he was hiding and acting like he was going to die. i took him in immediately, blood work OK, X-ray showed foreign object, they did surgery that afternoon and said they found NOTHING. they were shocked and confused. please help, he also has cataracts and tested negative for cushings a while back.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      I am afraid anything you give may cause vomiting at this point, try to give ice cubes to lick and take him to the vet immediately, best wishes!

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      Hecules Mom 4 years ago

      My 10 month old teacup Chihuahua is a garbage hound. He eats everything! I have to keep an eagle eye on him. I have been sick the past two days so my husband and the kids are "watching him". I came down stairs and found him chewing on a soda cup lid! From the looks of the thing he might of swallowed a piece. Shortly there after he produced tube like vomit leading me to believe he had an obstruction in his esophagus. It is Sunday and we have no emergency vets, tomorrow is the soonest he can be seen. He has a diminished appetite, what he does eat comes back up and he has diarrhea. He will still play but acts mopy and low on energy. I have checked his skin elasticity and his gums and he looks hydrated. He just took a drink and vomited immediately, It had bile and white slim in it. Never seen that before. I am going to try chicken broth. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Keeping fingers crossed for her, best wishes!

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      Molly's momma 4 years ago

      Thank you for the quick response! The good news is that she continues to poop out many pieces of the pacifier including the nipple which I saw today in my stool examination. The bad news is she may have eaten 2 pacifiers, as I found what I believe to be a second nipple in another stool. I was originally missing 2 pacifiers on Tuesday, but found one under the bed in my panicked search, so I assumed we were dealing with one pacifier being eaten. I am now thinking the paci I found was one that went missing many months ago and that she did in fact eat 2 pacifiers on Tuesday. The nipples were separated from the rest of the pacifier as was the hard ridge piece from the back of the pacifier, so 2 of the pieces we were most worried about her being able to pass, she has. She is still eating and eliminating like a champ and acting perfectly normal. We've kept up with the pumpkin at each meal and I've given her a piece of bread each day just in case that is helping move pieces out. She had a good sized BM this afternoon that produced the nipple among other pieces so fingers crossed this trend continues. We will get her to the vet at a moments notice if we need to as they have office hours over the weekend as well and I will keep you posted. I appreciate your perspective on vet's approach, she knows Molly's history and has actually recommended an x-ray in the past given Molly's history, when it just turned out to be a stomach bug. Her attitude and advice on this are actually keeping me pretty calm and optimistic about the situation, knowing that we have some good indicators that she may have chewed the pacifier up enough to pass the pieces. Thanks again!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      There are vets who are more conservative and recommend a wait and see approach, while others call to action. If you found part of the pacifier this is good news as it looks like she may have chewed it into pieces. Your vet is right about the pacifier possibly not showing on x-rays, but generally it may show if the dog is given barium. Generally, items as such should pass within 3 days and within this time frame you may also see worrisome symptoms if it is causing problems. You can help by feeding foods suggested in the article above to help things pass through. About repeated surgeries, I know of many dogs undergoing several repeated surgeries due to blockages (one dog was opened 3 times from eating socks) but am not aware of how much is too many.

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      Molly's momma 4 years ago

      Almost exactly one year ago my then 2 year old springer spaniel had to have emergency surgery to remove a newborn pacifier from her stomach after a 24 hour period of constant vomiting and not eating. We had just gotten a tax return back of $1500 and that was the exact amount of her surgery so we sucked it up and just paid for it. We did say that it was her "get out of jail free" card and if something like this every happened again, we couldn't pay that type of fee again.

      We have a 2 year old son, who still uses the newborn pacifiers as part of a bedtime routine. After the incident last year, we went to greater lengths to make sure that the dog stays downstairs and the pacifiers stay upstairs. Fast forward to yesterday (Tuesday) when a new baby-sitter trying to maneuver the baby-gate and a 2 year old let the dog slip by her and go upstairs. I got home and noticed that the dog had been upstairs. I immediately started looking for all the pacifiers, I found 4 of the 5 and got nervous. We lose paci's all the time upstairs but they always reappear, but knowing Molly had been upstairs I was nervous. But not too nervous as Molly has been eating and pooping fine with normal BM's. When I took her out mid-day today (Wednesday) and was picking up her poop (we live in a condo complex, so I have to bag it immediately) I felt a hard mass in the poop and looked and saw 3 small pieces of the pacifier (only enough to equal 1/3 of the paci). She's had one more BM since finding that which contained no additional pieces of the pacifier. Our vet isn't too alarmed, said we can take a wait and see approach to bringing her in since she is acting normal and eating and eliminating like normal. Last time Molly did this, the pacifier was removed 100% in tact, so I take comfort in the fact that maybe she was able to break it into small pieces this time that won't cause a blockage. She probably had 3 normal bowel movements yesterday after she swallowed it that were either in the dark or I didn't know to check that may have contained pieces. I guess I have 2 questions, should we just take the wait and see approach with her like the vet suggest? The vet said that until there is a blockage or an issue, an X-ray might not even show anything since she feels fine. And it is possible that she passed some or all of it before I started keeping track.

      My other question is how many surgeries like this can a dog endure? She's been opened up twice before, once for her spay and once for the previous pacifier incident. My vet has made comments before about how like a c-section on humans, you can only open a dog's belly up so many times before you start to have health issues. Then there is a behavioral aspect of this, that may never change. My vet told me the story of another dog that continued to eat rocks whenever given the chance and after 2 surgeries to remove them and numerous lifestyle changes to adjust the problem, the dog had to be put down. We completely changed our lifestyle to keep Molly the dog safe and I hate to think that in the one moment she was given access by mistake, she was able to get into the exact trouble we had worked so hard to prevent.

      Sorry, this was a novel and thanks for reading. I am nervous that the first time this happened, we had a delay in the blockage. We have no idea when she swallowed the first one which makes me nervous that 2/3 of the pacifier could be floating around waiting to cause an obstruction months down the road. At the same my husband really doesn't seem to keen on paying another $2,000 for a second surgery, so I guess the wait and see approach is probably our best option? Any information on the health and wellness of multiple stomach surgeries to remove obstructions would be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Since this is a very young puppy I would take him to the vet. there are always risks for parvo and obstructions which need to be ruled out, best wishes

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      monika 4 years ago

      my three months old labrador doesn't eat from yesterday morning and has diareea with little blood in it. he doesn't have fever but he slleps a lot and not playing as usual. he might have swallowed something or it can be something else. what should i do? giving him rice would help?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Kris, don't forget to check any poop as they may be in there. Not trying to sound funny, but what goes in must come out and usually it takes 24-72 hours to find stuff in the poop. Good idea to have an x-ray done, best wishes!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Keeper2010, I am very sorry, that is so sad and such devastating news. Sounds like the vet did all he could. Sending you a virtual hug along with my deepest sympathies.

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      Keeper2010 5 years ago

      I called the vet as soon as he opened this morning to check on Kaos and was told that at 11:00 last night Kaos was still moving around and growling at the vet but he slipped away at some point throughout the night. The vet just called as we requested an autopsy, He stated that Kaos's had injested some sort of critter and his stomach was full of fresh hair and bones. Unfortunately he wasnt able to digest the bones and they rubbed against the stomach wall until it rubbed through. Kaos was only a 14 month old German Shepherd pup who will be forever loved and missed by his mommy and daddy and big sister Keeper.

      He showed no signs of illness until Tuesday morning about 5:30 and by the time I got home Tuesday about 5 from work, infection had set in and he was running a high fever at which point he was already doomed.

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      Kris10 5 years ago

      Okay so my husband and I had suspected our 7 month old brittney spaniel pup ate my diamond earrings but this was verified this morning when my opal surrounded by diamonds necklace went missing. She is a tyrant unlike my cocker spaniel. She eats anything and everything. Her favorite is toilet paper, Kleenex, and napkins. She had the tug of war rope but as she chewed on them and tore off strings she ate them so no more. We have yet to find a toy she can't tear up. But as much money we have spent on toys to keep her distracted her taste has never been as expensive as now. I'm considering taking her to the vet for an X-ray because we have yet to have found the earrings so after reading this I am a bit worried.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I really hope that your vet finds out what is wrong so he can treat your dear Kaos. Walking around is a good sign. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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      Keeper2010 5 years ago

      As U type this post, I am almost in tears. My 1 yr old German Shepherd Kaos, is spending the night at the Vet. Yesterday morning he was fine, when I came home from work yesterday evening he was in bad shape. I came home to clear vomit (looking like total water) and a chocalate dark liquid on my kitchen floor which I assume was a bm. Kaos would not eat anything however he would drink water only to vomit it up 15-20 min later. He did not have a fever last night but this morning he seemed very warm, would not move and clearly uncomfortable. I got up 3 times during the night to check on him, he was still awake indicating he had not slept at all. I took him to the vet 1st thing this morning. The vet gave him a shot at 9 am to clear the fever. The vet stated he was able to feel lumps in Kaos's stomach area and asked to keep him through the day. The vet called me at 2 pm today and stated that he had done x-rays but all he was able to see is several gas bubbles. The vet stated that he started him on antibiotics to lower his temp as the shot given this morning had not worked. I called the vet tonite to check on him, His fever still has not broke but the vet said he has been up walkin around some. So my sweet,loving, adorable, precious puppy is spending the night at the vet. The vet suspects a blockage but could not due surgery today because of the fever. After reading all of these posts, Im hoping and praying that he pulls thru all of this. I am not functioning well not even able to focus on work today. Please pray for my precious Kaos and thank you so much for letting me share my pain.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Great to hear he is home now and recovering , best wishes!

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      Erin 5 years ago

      Thank you Alexadry for your fast response. My dog went for emergency surgery today to remove a latex glove from his intestine. He is now home and recovering!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I do not like the symptoms you are describing. I really cannot tell if this is an obstruction or something else as it would really take an x-ray to know for sure. Even if your vet can palpate the dog's abdomen for pain and abnormal swellings he will still need an x-ray to diagnosis an obstruction. please see your vet as things can do quickly down hill if this is indeed an obstruction, best wishes

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      Erin 5 years ago

      Early Saturday morning my 8 month old airedoodle vomited a piece of plastic bag and also a part of a rope toy. He vomited again 4-5 times, consisting of his food and water. He did not eat anything for the rest of the day. Today I tried giving him rice and pumpkin but would not eat it, he has been drinking his water. He tries to eat, but ends up spitting the food out. He has been peeing but no poop since Friday. He is very lethargic but is getting a little better as the say goes on. Do you think it could be a bowel obstruction? I will take him to the vet if he continues to not eat by tomorrow but I cannot afford a large vet bill right now.

      Thank you

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Kacie, since your dog is large the chances of an obstruction are lower, but it really is impossible to predict what may happen. If she/he was my dog I would have an x-ray done, and if it looks problematic, a vet with a flexible endoscope may retrieve the pieces, without requiring surgery. Of course, waiting things out is also an option but better be safe than sorry and have the x-ray done rather than having an expensive surgery. If you have other similar hair clips I would take them along. If you decide to wait it out, you will need watch for signs of trouble as listed in my article and examine her/his stools for the clips. But as said, your best option would be to play it safe and see the vet, best wishes!

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      Kacie 5 years ago

      ^ my dog is a 2 year old Rottweiller.

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      Kacie 5 years ago

      My dog just swallowed two hair clips........ what should I do?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I would advice a vet visit to be safe. However, keep in mind that some dogs develop "tenesmus" when they have strong diarrhea, which causes the dog to feel like he needs to empty his bowel when there is nothing left to poop out. This reflex may last for some time, causing the dog to appear as if straining. You see tenesmus often in colitis, you can read more here: best wishes!

      http://www.vetbase.co.uk/information/colitis-expla...

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      Emily 5 years ago

      I came home yesterday around 10 pm to find garbage all over the kitchen floor. Our 12-year-old bichon will eat anything, problem is, I have no idea what he ate this time. He woke up about 9 am this morning desperate to go outside and pooped. Since then, he has probably gone at least 6 more times. He strains like he has to pass something big, but it's liquidy stuff coming out. I love my baby dog, but don't think we could afford costly surgery if it came to that. Please help! Could this be an obstruction? What can I do to help him at this point? Thank you for this article and a quick response!

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      Jessica 5 years ago

      When my JRT was about 1.5 years old, my friend took care of him for a day and he ate VHS video tape (which I have NEVER understood since he isn't a "hoover" and was never very destructive either. Anyways, a day later he was vomitting severely, not pooping, not eating, not drinking. Within a few days, he wasnt even moving and seemed close to death. I took him to the vet and after 1300, the VHS tape was removed and he was good as new. My advice is this... Dont wait if your dog is showing symptoms ESPICIALLY not eating or drinking. The vet told me if I had waited another 12 hours, he would have died. Now, 9 years later he is healthy and happy. And I will say, he has an iron stomach- He even ate 12 rib bones once (not a hoover, but definately garbage ripper-upper) and didnt even get diarreah!

      My other dog ate stuffing from a blanket last week. She was puking with diarreah, lethargic. Lucky, she pooped it out. She still doesnt seem 100% so now I wonder if she has a partial blockage. She is eating, drinking, playing, pooping (normal) and seems fine except a lowering in energy level. We have a vet appointment this week

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      hobgob 5 years ago

      my mastiff/shep mix is diabetic, so when he refused food and became constipated it is of greater concern...i strongly suspect the bully slices (made in usa cow ear treat) that hes gotten...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      If you ever catch them in the act, the leave it and drop it command can be life savers, here is a guideline:

      https://hubpages.com/animals/The-Importance-of-Tra...

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      Tatnurse 5 years ago

      My 9 month old English Bulldogs will eat anything. They have eaten the foam rubber from my couch cushions, they have ate the drywall in my livingroom, and they love baby wipes. Tonight I found Lula Mae laying on my bed and eating my remote control, which she swiped off my nightstand. I could only find 3 of the 4 batteries, so I am assuming she ate the 4th. Luckily I have a fantastic vet who will accept emergency phone calls at home, so I called to see what to do. She had me feed her 2 slices of bread and some mineral oil to help her pass the battery. She isn't acting sick, and I checked in her mouth for any signs of burns from the battery acid, and couldn't find anything. All I can do now is pray she either a: didn't eat it, or b: will pass it without any damage. I love my little hoovers, but they sure are little eating machines. Their mom was the same when she was a pup, but their dad never really was.

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      John B 5 years ago

      1 year old 65 lbs chocolate lab ate all the horse hair and rosin off of a double base bow. She chewed through the canvas bag to get to this bow! Totally unexpected that she would go to that length to find something to chew up! She has chewed electrical cords before, she is constantly munching on wood and pine cones, but I am really concerned about the horse hair and rosin from the bow. The bow is approx 70cm (27.5 inches) long. I don't have 100's of dollars for the vet, but I am looking to see where I can scrape some money together. What should I look for besides the hair coming out the other end?

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      Michele 5 years ago

      Shannon, i hope your pup gets better. i have a miniature jack in hospital at the moment. 3 hour surgery to remove compacted bone and she's still not out of the woods yet. We are hoping for a good recovery. Never again will i give my dogs bones!!!! i never realised they could be so dangerous. All the best and thanks for all the info everyone. xx

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I really hope for the best, he sounds like he is in good care and they are doing everything they can. My dog had it as a puppy, -not the hemorrhagic form-here is a hub I wrote about it:

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Dog-gastro-enteritis...

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      Shannon 5 years ago

      He is at vet now for last 10 hours. He passed heaps of blood on the floor at vet :(. His trst results were terrible and the think its HGE a form of gastro. Hope he makes it through the night

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Shannon, Yes please do, things can get worse quickly! best wishes

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      Steven Williams 5 years ago

      My bull terrier Lilly has just come out of surgery for blockage now. She managed to swallow a pop-sock along with a chunk of plastic from a teething ring!!

      She felt ill on the thursday and became of her food and vomiting and was submitted this morning then with xrays showing items in the stomach AND her intestine!

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      Shannon Ducker 5 years ago

      Its Sunday here and most vets are closed. After an overnight sleep he is now cold and his rear end is wet and covered in stinky puss. I think we will need to find and after hour vet

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      There is really no way to know until your dog sees the vet, vomiting bile is sign he is vomiting on an empty stomach. I would take him to the vet to be safe. The trying to poop is consistent with an obstruction, but can also be "tenesmus" which occurs when a dog has diarrhea and feels like going but there is nothing more to poop.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Sounds like he is in good hands at the moment and they are doing everything right. If surgery is needed, it will help him recover. Will keep him in my prayers. When he recovers try teaching leave it and drop it as outlined in my article;

      https://hubpages.com/animals/The-Importance-of-Tra...

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      Shannon 5 years ago

      Now he is vomiting green bile :(

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      Shannon 5 years ago

      Our dog spent the whole day trying to poop! He had one good poop followed by about 4 hours of frequent attempts to poop. Sometimes a small bit of mucus would drop out and nothing more. He won't eat now and is very tired. I gave him a smoked pigs foot yesterday and he also had access to our chooks pen all day yesterday. He is a Maltese cross Australian terrier.

      Is this a possible obstruction or maybe gastro from eating chook poo? Please help....

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      Crystal 5 years ago

      I just took my 3 year old golden retriever to the vet, for a suspected bowel obstruction. He hadn't eaten in 3 days and threw up a lot yesterday, although not at all today. They said they would put him on IV fluids and do xrays and barium tonight, to see if they can find the blockage, and see if it's moving. If not, he will have to have surgery. I wish I'd taken him in yesterday, but I was hoping he would pass it on his own. He's a regular sock eater, so I'm not surprised, as this had to happen eventually. And now I'm terrified.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Look for an emergency veterinary center. Intestinal blockages are very serious, here is a place to look for an emergency vet which should be open after hours:

      http://www.inyourarea.net/local2/17435/?gclid=CKbq...

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      Mary 5 years ago

      Hello, I have a 3 month old Cocker Spaniel and he got a hold of a spare rib bone. He is vomitting (first clear and now yellow), has goowie diarrhea and will not eat his dog food or bread. He is drinking milk and water but is loosing weight. The vet in unavailable til tomorrow afternoon so what should I do? I don't want him to die.

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      Deelightful905 5 years ago

      We rescued a basset hound in early September, he was from a home where he did not have the best care. He was thin when we got him, had him wormed. He did not put on any weight, but was playful and active. About 5 days ago he stopped eating, when he did eat, he vomited it back up. Called the vet, he wasn't available until Monday (this was Saturday). I was getting him ready to go to the vet on Monday morning and he threw up again, a huge pool of blood. I knew this had to be bad, rushed him to the vet. They could feel something in his abdomen and decided to perform surgery. They called me around 4 pm and said I could come get him, they found what he had eaten. My husband was going to meet me there and help put him in the car. When my husband arrived some 10 minutes later, they told him they had changed their mind, they wanted to keep him overnight. I got there about 5 minutes after that, the vet came out looking extremely distraught and said that our beloved boy Charlie had just died. Apparently he had ingested a large amount of string, don't have any idea where he got it and it had twisted and knotted in his intestines. The vet had removed the string and approximately 9" of his intestine. He was so weak from not eating and from whatever toxins were in his system that his poor little body couldn't handle the stress of surgery. I an heart broken, the vet said the string had probably been there when we adopted him, we just never found it.

      Our other basset hound is lonely and unhappy, I thought adopting a rescue hound was the right thing to do, I will think twice about a rescue dog that I can't find out about their history.

      Hope our sweet boy is running the rainbow fields.

      Your site was extremely informative and helpful.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      to your closest vet or animal emergency center, especially if he is in a lot of pain as you described.

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      julee 5 years ago

      my dog at a small stick a few days ago and now seems to be having alot of pain. What do I do? I don't know where to take him

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Generally, this should pass ok if eaten in small amounts but it also depends on how big the pieces were that he swallowed. If too big it can become an obstruction of the bowel. You will want to look for signs of trouble listed in the article. You can give some plain pumpkin-no spices added- to help it pass through.

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      Joe 5 years ago

      My 12yr old Boxer ate 3/4 of a foam plate while I went back into the kitchen for a couple minutes. I actually pulled two pieces (about 2" by 3")out of his throat. Does foam pass easily? Can it cause blockage? I can't even afford an x-ray (I'm on disability), any suggestions? Thank you for any help! This is a great site and I have learned a few things from reading it :O)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      And many dog and cat owners had the same problems with Hartz flea collars.Thanks for sharing.

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      sheri 5 years ago

      I have a now 13 month old Chihuahua. When he was 5 months old.I bought an Adams flea, tick and larvae collar from wal-mart. He was fine that day,.but the next day, he was in bed all day. He refused food and went lethargic. I couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. Then I remembered the collar. I read the label, washed his neck with soap and water like it said and rushed him to the vet. He ended up with an Iv the next day and was back to his playful self. Now I tell everyone to buy the flea and tick medicine from the vet. I learned my lesson.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      thank you for sharing, hope your dog feels better soon!

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      roving bear 5 years ago

      My 2 yrs old, dachi-mix, ate a long plastic baggage tie and buckle-woke at 4:00AM, a couple days ago, diarrhea and blood in stools--took him to vet-he was put 1 pill for the diarrhea and 1 for the blood in the stool. Got us next morning--couldn't move his hind legs-back to vet--checked for obstruction and brought in bag with pieces of plastic baggage tie that he chewed up and is pooping out--will take time--on other medication for pain antibiotics. Eating good and pooping the plastic out--go with boiled hamburger and boiled chicken and rice, yogurt helps to coat the stomach--also cooked macaroni, cooked oatmeal and soft-boiled eggs--feeding 3 to 4 small meals a day for the first 2 days-thr slowly switch the diet back to regular food--dry food, not wet food or mix with.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Read the article; it lists all the symptoms you should be looking for. Check his stools for signs of the glove which should pass within 48-72 hours. If you want to play it safe, have your dog see a vet and do x-rays to see if the glove is creating problems passing, best wishes.

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      Luke 5 years ago

      Mt dog ate a glove today whilst out on a walk. I tried in vain to get from him but he wandered out onto a frozen pond where i couldnt get to him and roceeded to eat the whole thing. It was made from wool, and looked like an adult size, but cant be sure.

      This was at 10am, he has since had food at 12.15pm and he still seems ok running around and playing with the other dog we have in the office.

      What should I be looking for here? As he seems fine at the moment.

      Thanks

      Luke

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Lisa, time to see the vet, hope he gets better soon..best wishes..

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      Lisa 5 years ago

      I came home today and my dog ate 2 halves of the home interior apples. He has been spitting up foam looking stuff. He has been laying around. He won't eat or take a treat.

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      Dani 5 years ago

      We've really been struggling to get Nova to eat, and since he won't eat, we can't give him his pills. We would've had to bring him back into the vet to go on IV again if we couldn't get his food/pills into him. However, we came up with a solution, and I want to share in case anyone ever comes up against the same problem. The major issue was just getting him to eat, he showed no interest at all in food. But if he did take a bite or two, once we added his pills he would refuse the food, and then stop eating again altogether. So we separated administering pills with eating. We now treat giving pills like one of his 'necessary duties', like having to lie still while I brush him and clip his nails. He doesn't necessarily like it all the time, but he knows it must be done and has to behave. We wrap the pills in a little bit of meat, put it in way in the back of his mouth, and then he swallows and drinks some water. Feeding time has now turned into an exciting game, where we run around the house doing differnt things and when he's least expecting it we offer him food as a reward (acting very excited-like) and he's so excited himself and caught up in the moment that he eats it without thinking. I think that separating his pills from his food has been key, so now he doesn't associate one with the other. Hope this can be helpful for someone else.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I am happy to hear he is doing better! I hope someone with a similar experience may chime in, best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      Dani 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for your response. After taking Nova back in they did an xray of his abdomen (had to do 2 because he is so long), and they also did an ultrasound. Nothing showed up, so no surgery, thank goodness. They kept him overnight to keep him on IV and the next morning he was happy and more like himself, and even accepted some food from the vet. All his blood tests and stool tests came back inconclusive, so they couldn't tell EXACTLY what caused the problem, but he definitely has a nasty bacterial infection in his guts. His liver enzyme count is also ridiculously high, indicating that he got into something toxic/poisonous. Weird for him though, because he's always with us when he's outside and he rarely puts anything in his mouth that we haven't given him permission to do so. So we're thinking that somehow his kibble went rancid and somehow got some nasty bacteria in it. Has anyone else experienced something like this? We had his kibble stored in a tub, but we don't do that anymore because we heard it could be bad. That's the best solution we could come up with. He's home now and it's so nice to see his big goofy grin again. He's on antibiotics and some other meds, which is very challenging to administer since he's still not keen on eating very much of anything. We're hoping he starts to feel better soon.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Dani, I am not sure why your vet did not do an x-ray right away when this is the first thing a vet should do so to at least rule it out. If your dog is so sick I would suggest to take him to another vet or emergency center and have x-rays done ASAP. I can't see a good reason to wait any longer, best wishes!

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      Dani 5 years ago

      Hi there, I just wanted to share our experience right now because we're quite worried about our 2 year old German Shepherd. He's been ill for the past 5 days or so. He threw up most everything he ate for the first 2-3 days, then he started to refuse all the food we gave him (and he usually LOVES eating), and now he is struggling to poop and has diarrhea. We brought him to the vet yesterday and they are currently running some tests to see if he has a bacterial infections. However, they also said that he may have a blockage. The poor guy seems so sad and uncomfortable, he's just not his usual self. We're really hoping to find out what's wrong with him in the next day or two. We started him on a white rice and boiled chicken diet yesterday, but now he is even refusing to eat that. Any other suggestions on how to make him more content and comfortable until we find out what's wrong with him would be much appreciated.

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      Sheri 5 years ago

      I have a 7 year old Labrador who LOVES socks...I couldn't guess how many he's eaten, and passed. Then there were a couple he couldn't pass, which required surgery, and now, when I read the symptoms, I dose him up with hydrogen peroxide for vomiting, and some thoroughly rendered bacon mixed with greasy canned food to help him slide it on out. He's determined, sneaky, and good at opening drawers...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Jamie, wow what an ordeal! Happy it got solved though. Your dog is very lucky to have an owner like you! Thanks for the update. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      Jamie 5 years ago

      Brought her in today to her regular vet. They looked at the x-rays from the er vet and took a few of their own looking for anything else that may be left in her their were no more bones in her belly, she had passed all of them safely but they did determined that there was a chicken bone(a super small v shaped one) caught in the esophagus. It was in all the X-rays. Even the ones from the Er vet. Kinda makes me mad that the e-vet didn't catch that and then once they sent them off and got them back they didn't think to call me and let me know. Anywho, we got sent to a Oncologist office for dogs because they had a scope that they could go down her throat with and remove it. Tired as hell and 2000 dollars later my little fluff ball is recovering from surgery, is on antibiotics (she has a slight infection) and has a scratchy throat. Hoping for a smooth, easy and speedy recovery for my little fluff ball. Thanks So Very Much for this page. It helped me so much.

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      Jamie 5 years ago

      I will be bringing her to her usual vet tomorrow. The e vet I brought her to didn't do another xray after the induced vomiting nor did they say that any bones came up. So I'm wondering if there may be a blockage near the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach since she can eat pureed food fine but not solid. I've been feeding her chicken vegatables and rice sent throught a food proocessor fine. She's got soft poo but not diaharea(sp) and she's been drinking fine as well. Hopefully we can figure all of this out tomorrow with out ggoing over my 1500 dollar budget. Will keep you updated.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Since you mention she yelped after eating a piece of pizza I am wondering if when she ate the chicken bones or if upon vomiting them back up, she may have torn a bit of tissue somewhere from the mouth down to the esophagus. Since you paid $500 dollars at your vet, they should be willing to answer some follow up questions you may have. They are ultimately the best source since they took care of her. I would give them a call and ask their opinion. Best wishes.

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      Jamie 5 years ago

      I adopted a pregnant Shih Tzu about a month ago. On Thursday she knocked over the garbage can and ate half of all the bones of a baked chicken. She started yelping off an on for about an hour so I took her to the E-Vet had X-rays done they seen the bones in her stomach and decided to induce vomiting. They followed with a shot of antibiotics and some pain meds, all for almost 500 dollars. She yelped on and off all that night and the next day. Saturday was less yelping and today she only yelped after scarfing down a piece of pizza my younger brother left on my couch. She has been eating, drinking, peeing and pooping(I still haven't found any bones in her poop and a plus is that there hasn't been any blood in it). But she still isn't acting like herself. She's normally all over the place and running and jumping.While I was at the vet they said she looked like she was due for puppies in about 2 weeks, so I was wondering if that may have anything to do with the more mellow attitude(however it isn't a lethargic attitude). I have been taking her temp every 4 hours and it is normal as well. I am so confused as to what to do. Thanks in advance for any info you can give.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Not much you can do if this happened 2 days ago and he is sick, you check his stools for any traces of it being passed. Any emergency vets open? best wishes

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      christyandcamo 5 years ago

      my dog ate a pillow 2 days ago and is now feeling sick we are taking him to the vet tommorrow but am worried today what can i do besides worry

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Not much you can do at home at this point, I am very sorry. If he ate something sharp recently, plain canned pumpkin-not the pie mix- bread, or mashed potatoes may cocoon around it and help it pass without scraping. Best wishes.

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      joe 5 years ago

      I need advice I have a jackRussell that site something that is blocking. The small intestine I cannot afford the vet fees what can I use to. Try to unblock. Intestine Any help you can provide I would much appreciate I love my dog but I don't have the money they want to send my dog on a referral thank you

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Carolyn, it is hard to say, the only way to know for sure is with an x-ray, hoping the best, kind regards and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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      carolyn 5 years ago

      I am sitting for a 5 year old black lab. She swallowed 2 socks, and threw them up this morning. It is now evening and she is still not eating or drinking. She is pretty lethargic, although seemed bouncy for a few minutes when we went for a walk. She has pooped twice today, and urinated normally. Vet says I can wait until morning, but right now...looks like a long night. Seems to me, if she passed everything, she should be feeling better by now. Is it safe to wait.?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Coetta, at times, when a dog has diarrhea, it may feel compelled to further empty the bowels, this is often referred to as ''tenesmus'' The plain pumpkin may help firm the stools up. You can read more about this here:

      http://www.vetbase.co.uk/information/colitis-expla...

      However, have your dog seen if he stills appears sick, best wishes!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Some vets recommend surgery right away while others suggest to monitor for troublesome signs. When he vomited did he bring up parts of the bed? When they did the x-ray were there still signs of an obstruction? Your vet is the best person to tell you if you can take a wait and see approach, the x-rays should have given a lot of information such as where the blockage is and its extent. Did he just eat the foam in the bed or parts such as buttons, cloth, zippers? A barium study may be helpful to better assess motility. If you feel your vet is rushing surgery a second opinion may help. As a side note, some plain pumpkin will not hurt but about waiting or not your best bet is the vet that that did the x-rays.. Best wishes..

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      Sharon 5 years ago

      My son's puppy is 11 weeks old. He is crated during the day while he works. Came home on Thursday and he had chewed his bed up. Saturday morning like around 3:00 am he started having vomiting and diarrhea. Went to vet at 1:00 pm. After several tests they say he has an intestinal blockage, he ate pieces of the bed. Told us to take him home only give water, hopefully he would pass it. As of 11:30 pm, he has not. They want him back at 11:00 am Sunday morning for more xrays and possible surgery if still blocked. They hydrated him and he was very active and playful tonight. My question is due to the cost of surgery, would the plain pumpkin be worth a try first? How long should one wait before going ahead with surgery. We are prepared to go through with it, but if there are other options would may want to try them first.

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      Coetta 5 years ago

      Hello everyone! I have had Dobies for over 30 years. I had to put mine down 2yrs ago,she was 12. I just recently was able to get another one. She is 4 months old. She seemed to be having problems, doing #2. I thought it maybe cause I gave her a rawhide or pig ear. So I didn't give her anymore. Now she has diarrhea, and seems as tho she still needs to go but can't. I have mixed a little pumpkin in her feed. She is normal every other way. Eats, drinks, plays, no bloating or vomiting. Any suggestions? She has been wormed and had shots. Thought I might get some feedback before taking her to the vet. Thank you

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      Debbie 5 years ago

      Good News! The pacifier was found in the couch and good ole Murphy is acting better but still has signs of the seizure coming. I believe he does not have the blockage as I feared, however, I will be watching him closely for the next few days. He does take Phenobarbital for his seizures but still has about 4-5 per year. His blood levels were checked last week and everything was good. Thanks for your response! I appreciate it.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Has he had the seizure? Being a large dog, there are chances it may pass hopefully. You can try to feed half slice of high fibre bread, or 1/4 cup canned plain pumpkin- not the pie filling- or 1/2 cup brown rice to form a cushione around it and help it pass. It is worth it to check the stools for it. If it has not appeared within 3 days, or if he shows any signs of illness, then see your veterinarian promptly. See your vet if you notice anything unusual, Best wishes!

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      Debbie 5 years ago

      I have a 4 year old big boned Golden Retriever who weighs in at 90 pounds. He has epilepsy. Usually before a siezure occurs he acts alittle different. I almost always can predict one. He has been acting strange for about 4 hours. Then suddenly I remembered my grandbabies were over exactly 48 hours ago and we couldn't find the baby's pacifier. Suddenly I'm worried that maybe he may have eaten it!! He has not vomited or has not had diarrhea to my knowledge. I haven't checked his poo because I had no reason to do so. His tummy is not bloated and he does not appear to be in pain. However,he seems depressed and is glued to my leg. (Which could mean a seizure is coming) Should I call the vet now? I'm not even sure he ate the pacifier and my daughter hasn't returned my call yet. What should I do?

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      Shayna 5 years ago

      Wow-Mike, I'm glad your Maltese is ok! My dog is still acting fine and it's been a week tonight. I'm still worried about a partial obstruction from some of the stories I've read about on this hub. I'm wondering if I should call a vet that's willing to do an endoscopy into her stomach. The way she's acting(and passing food) makes me think

      that if there were an obstruction, it would be in her stomach?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Very interesting story, and proof that blockages may give problems even months later. Sounds like he had a partial obstruction and then somehow the parts moved in such a way to cause a more significant obstruction. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mike 5 years ago

      Just thought I'd share my story as I've just had to deal with this. My Maltese is 6lbs and 2yo. Friday I came home from work to find he had thrown up several times (foamy) and had not eaten his breakfast. He normally does, but hadn't so I left it in the area he stays in during the day. He threw up several more times and when I saw some blood in it I rushed him to the vet. They gave him two shots: Cerenia for vomiting and Famoltidine (Pepcid) for acid and gave me pills as well. They said if he was not better Saturday to bring him back. He was fine overnight, but was throwing up again Saturday. He could not even keep water down and refused anything to eat. I went back to the vet and they did blood work (all ok) and an x-ray. The x-ray showed an odd gas pattern but they could not see any blockage. They recommend me to a specialist. There they did another x-ray and an ultrasound but neither were conclusive. They did however feel something and wanted to keep him overnight for observation. In the morning they did another ultrasound and thought they saw something. He went into surgery a few hours later.

      The surgeon called me to say they fished out two pieces of rubber. One in his stomach and one in his intestines, which was blocking him. The ONLY rubber I can recall him having was a puppy Kong he had ripped the top off of 3.5 months ago. I asked, "Was it purple and white?" He said, "Yes! Do you know what it is?" I told him the dog had eaten part of the top piece of a puppy Kong almost 4 months ago. I was very concerned when he did it, but I watched closely for any signs of illness and he had none and a day or two later I saw pieces of it in his stool so I assumed he had torn off small enough piece to pass it. I was wrong.

      Luckily, he's back home. It has been 48 hours since his surgery and he's almost back to normal, much different than he had been over the weekend. What an ordeal!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Hmm.. that's odd..what I remember when working for the vets was that ingested tampons were cause for concern since they could expand with liquids in the stomach, and the nylon string cold wrap around around the intestines. By now though, your dog would have been very sick. You can read more here:

      http://www.petplace.com/dogs/my-dog-ate-a-tampon/p...

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      Shayna 5 years ago

      Yes, with a fine toothed comb(practically) and there's nothing! Not even diarrhea. Or straining. I went on a long walk with her and she started running at the end! Question: Can their stomachs break down a tampon over a long course of time?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Have you been checking -I mean inspecting- the stools? It could very likely have passed indeed.

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      Shayna 5 years ago

      Another Update: Yesterday morning, Buttons didn't seem interested in her breakfast. I immediately took her to the ER Vet. Once I got there, she did her business outside and it was normal. The Vet did a physical exam and said her temp, belly, and heart looked good and "she wasn't acting like a dog that ate a tampon 4 days ago." They told me she probably already passed it but they could do radiographs for another $200+, just to be sure. Unfortunately the same night this happened, was the same night my work closed down with no explanation or notice. I asked if I could take her home and monitor her and try to feed her soft food and bring her in if she got worse without paying another exam fee. They agreed. Buttons came home, gobbled up the soft food and took a nap. She's still acting normal, eating all the soft food and it's day 5. I'm not sure what to think at this point, and I'm afraid to leave her alone. Sorry for all the updates- it must be all the obsessive poop searching and stir craziness!

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      Shayna 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for your speedy response. We just went on her nighttime walk, and she had another normal BM. We're almost at the 48 hour mark. This is so strange, I'd expect to be acting even the slightest bit different. She's a very sensitive dog, very wary of strangers and loud noises, almost had a heart attack when she was spayed and had to wear an e-collar(literally foaming at the mouth and shaking of fear), so I'd imagine she'd let me know immediately if something went awry. I'm going to continue monitoring her since I will be home for the next few days.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Our vets used to give two options: having the owner monitor for signs of an obstruction or having the dog seen, taking x-rays and proceeding to surgery depending on the findings.

      Problem is, at times, tampons are not easy to see on x-rays as they may camouflage with food.

      Could a tampon pass through her intestines? There is really no way to ultimately give an accurate answer. It all depends on the size, shape, and length of the tampon, but also how it passes through the loops of bowel. Being a smaller dog, there are chances it will not pass, but then some dogs pass the most amazing things at times, that make you wonder...

      If you're going to wait to see if it passes, have her seen ASAP at the first signs of trouble such as getting sick (vomiting), not eating well, becoming painful in her belly, lack of stools with posturing to get it out. Consider that at times, dogs go downhill fast with blockages, and definitively you do not want to leave her alone with this potential problem for any period of time. If you are concerned you can call another vet (or the emergency center just to let them know you may have to stop by should trouble arise) and see his/her opinion. I have found that some vets are more conservative, advising to watch pets for signs of trouble, and some are more prone to ''call to action'' recommending x-rays and possibly surgery right away. I wish I could give you a more definitive answer, best wishes.

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      Shayna 5 years ago

      Update: I spoke with the vet after she had another normal BM, and he said to keep an eye on her and bring her in first sign she starts acting strange. It's been about 36 hours and she's playing and running around. I'm anxiety ridden. It's almost the weekend, so if anything were to happen, we'd have to go to the emergency pet clinic. $$$ :( do you think I should call more vets for second opinions?

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      Shayna 5 years ago

      Hi, my 3 year old sweet little girl( 18lbs), king Charles ate a used tampon(sorry, I know how gross that is.) I find no traces of it anywhere besides that I knew it was in the garbage and now it is not. It's been exactly 27hours, two normal stools, no vomiting and eating and drinking just fine. I feel terrible and shocked. Her belly feels normal but I think I may feel "something" on her left side by her ribs, but I'm not sure if I'm being paranoid. Can a dog her size pass a tampon and be ok? Gosh, I'm beyond worried. :(

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Angela, I too feel like the first vet perhaps failed to get all the obstruction out, perhaps there was some more that day...curious to know too..hope all goes well. Best wishes.

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      Angela 5 years ago

      My just 3yr old golden retriever had obstructon surgery 2wks ago..he was acting very lethargic, wouldn't eat,dehydrated.it took my vet 3visits in 3days to figure out what was the matter with him.so we went forth with the surgery and came home the next morning..they pulled out little pieces of plastic that was all held together by a piece of string...they said it would have passed if it wasn't for the string..so when he came home he was back to his normal self for a few days then bam..same exact symptoms as before..so I broight him back to vet(mind u..hadent even gotten stitches out yet)..and they decided to re-xryhim..then they found ANOTHER obstruction in his stomach...they said they thought it should pass on its own because it was smaller so they sent us home..i took xare of him like a sick child for days with no sign of improvement..so I decided to call a different vet at this point because I was "waiting it out" any longer..newvet said obstruction is still on stomach and he is having a second surgery tomm.now my house is SPOTLESS..ivebeen watching him like a hawk..as far as im concerned..the vet didnt get all of the 1st obstruction out or they left something behind...it had only been 1wk since surgery..and he DOES NOT GENERALLY CHEW..so this was baffeling from the get go..but since first was obstruction kind of a fluke thing because it was held together by string..than what could this 2nd object be??ill find that out tomm...this is all not normal and everyone that knows us thinks our regular vet has messed up...really..so theyre telling me that my dog that felt "decent" for a couple days wolfef something else down..ok..im dying to know what this is!!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Shinobi, there are always chances for partial obstructions, if you are concerned check with your vet.

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      Shinobi 5 years ago

      What I dont know is if it could do damage being in there long term. Even though he acts fine and still has bowel movements here and there. Its still in there. It must be clogging something up

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      Shinobi 5 years ago

      Alexadry thanks for the reply. Heres a lil update. So he ate it monday afternoon and by yesterday he didnt poop at all all day. He stil has been acting completly normally and eating though. I was worried last night since he hadnt gone all day so I called the vet(which ive been avoided because im flat broke,but if it came down to it id sell my stuff to get him help). Anyways I just said he ate something from the bathroom trash can and said his symptoms. The vet assistant didnt seem to concerned and said if I wanted i could give him a childs ennema. I skipped on that,though bought one. This morning he finally pooped. Still no signs of the condom though. I guess things are ok...

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      Leigh jaggard 5 years ago

      My 7 month old American bulldog has been being sick for 3 days now - his chicken meat today was in a cylinder shape - the only thing we know he's eaten that he shouldn't have is kitchen roll - going to get him into the vets tomorrow - has anyone got any advice?.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Yes check his stools and then report to your vet if nothing comes out and you are concerned. If he passes it or not depends on your dog's size and other factors.

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      shinobi 5 years ago

      hey heres another condom one. my dog got into my sisters trash can and swalowed a condom. monday afternoon. its not tuesday night and hes seems to be fine except is last poop was much smaller then normal and i saw him sit with his hind legs sticking out once(where he might drag his butt,however he just sat). Other then that hes acting and eating completly normally. He also doesnt mind when u push on his stomach in any spots. Im still very worried. Im guessing by tomorrow if I dont see it in his stool then I should call a vet?

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      Tori 5 years ago

      I actually JUST went through a blockage removal surgery for my 9-month-old Brittany, Milo. Milo started vomiting on Friday night. I took him to the emergency clinic, but they told me there he was bright and alert, and to see my regular vet in the morning.

      Saturday morning (Christmas Eve) I brought him to the vet and they said he had a GI infection. I believed them because at this point, Milo still seemed fine, vomiting aside. He was perky and playing with the other dogs in the family. He even jumped into the pool for a swim.

      Christmas Day, however, there was a big change. My playful, energetic puppy became a ball of mush, lying on the couch, barely moving or responding when I called him. I rushed him back to the emergency clinic, where they confirmed a blockage. He was monitored to see if the blockage would pass on its own, it didn't, and at 3:00 in the morning the day after Christmas, they did surgery. Imagine my surprise when they presented me with a huge plastic button.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      netty1 this article may be of interest to you:

      http://www.zyworld.com/jabbawockdalmatians/Diet.ht...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Perhaps try to put him on a bland prescription diet such as Hills' I/D or a hypoallergenic diet and nothing else? I would avoid feeding him ANYTHING other than a bland diet since it seems that anything brings back a flare up. You may want to ask your vet his opinion of feeding plain canned pumpkin. Generally, food allergies are diagnosed when other conditions are ruled out. If nothing comes up, they may need to do an exploratory surgery perhaps to have a better idea. Don't give up, I am sure the culprit will be found, perhaps consult with a veterinary school? at times they are quite resourceful when vets cannot find a culprit.

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      netty1 5 years ago

      hi, I have a 9yr old dalmation, for the passed 4 wks he`s been showing sign of what i think is a blockage. It first started one night , he wouldnt settle, kept paceing, wouldnt lay down, panting, had a fever and wouldnt eat his food the following morning(which for micky is simply not heard of, he`s the only dog I`ve had that will eat till sick eat more then go and eat the sick :-S ) We took him to a vet who perscribed synulox tablets 500mg, symptons didnt really get any better so went back to vet, again perscribed the same tablets and also zantac relief tablets, with instructions to put him on a diet of pasta rice and chicken as he`d got a stomach virus. Over the next week things slowly got better, fever went but he still didnt poop much (still daily but not the amount/size as norm). When trying micky on anything else to eat the symtons returned. We then took him to another vet as we couldnt watch him suffering, this vet wasnt happy , said he`d still got a slight temp and was still showing signs of pain. Once again given an injection for pain relief and appointment for xray on spine and stomach and to keep him on a very light diet. Xray came back fine just said micky needed a good poop as there was a large build up but no obstruction found so keep on light diet for another week (now 3 1/2 wks).End of 4th week back to vets to be told he has a food allegy, dont know how they came to this , theres been no blood test so am confused. Any way this week end micky`s bad again panting in distress, paceing, trys to bit when you touch his stomach and yelps when he trys to bring his legup and forward to his head, all because he ate the endings of the carrot peeling ! We are taking him back to the vets but dont know really what to say as they have signed him of althought he`s still not on a proper diet??? Any advice please, thinking maybe it`ll be kinder to give the final call than watch him suffer :(

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      Tracy 5 years ago

      For all you dog lovers--please know that obstructions are SO common and if you want to save your dog, DON'T WAIT! My friends dachsund and a small 1 - 2in corner of a rag and seemed fine. My friend forgot about it because the dog was eating, drinking, and pooping normally.On the 4th morning, he suddenly was less interested in food, but seemed OK. She came home and found him dead. The vet found the little piece of rag obstucting his bowel. Know that people often make the mistake of thinking the dog is OK because it is still eating. drinking, pooping. It can take several days for there to be a sudden obstruction, and it can get very serious very fast. My two dachsunds have both had to have surgery for this--one eats socks and underwear and the other tears fur and stuffing out of stuffed animals. Three surgeries, so expensive, but when they are obstructed, the intestines start to die off aftertime and they die from this. If your dog is sick, DON'T WAIT, especially if you suspect they may have eaten something other than dog food. It can be a very small object or piece of something and it can still obstruct.Anything with strings is really bad, i.e. shreeded the fur of an animal so it is stringy, shredding a sock, again, the threads can wind through the intestines as the dog tries to pass it and it can twist the intestines like an accordian. Again, this gets serious very fast. Most will say if the dog eats and poops normally for several days after eating an object then suddenly has trouble with vomiting (even if nothing comes up) and /or stops pooping as much, that could mean an obstruction. BUT, know that both of my dogs, while obstructed, ate and pooped-- it was a partial obstruction that allowed some things in and out, but still serous and deadly, as eventually the intestines start to die off. When my dogs get obstructed, they act normal for days--eat, drink, play, maybe just try to gag/vomit a couple times but nothing comes up. Seems like just a touch of upset stomach. No diarhhea. BUT, days later, start to go off on their own a little bit. maybe hide under the bed, sometime make stretching movements or even try licking themselves in the hind end. Dogs can often be very sick without acting like it so if you are seeing signs of illness, get it checked out! I didn't want to believe my vet when they said I needed all these tests like xray, barium study (like a dye where they can watch it move through the digestive track while xraying to see if the dye is slowing anywhere. In all 4 cases where my dogs needed surgery, the XRAY SHOWED NOTHING! If they eat a hard object like a rock, you would see on an xray but not fabric! Barium study with xray really is necessary, and even with barium, they can sometimes be obstructed and the barium will go through, again, especially if they ate fabric, ad the liquid barium can go through the fabric and make it appear there is no blockage when there actually is. Please please don't wait--if your dog eats something it is not supposed to, if you take it immediatey to the mergency room, they can often put a scope down into its tummy and fish out the foreign material before it gets into the intestines and causes trouble requiring surgery. If it is too late and you see signs of distress, not pooping or eating, you likely have very little time left to help your dog. Don't wait! I wish our little friends could understand how much eating these wierd things can hurt them. I sincerely hope this post helps someone make a decision to take their dog in sooner rather than later..I hope it saves a life. Good luck and please spread the word-- many people don't know how serious obstruction and intestinal blockage is.

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      Sillysonie 5 years ago

      I have a schnauzer, well actually I have two, but this story is about just one of them. Being a good "Momma" to my dogs, I try and spoil them as much as possible with lots of love, toys and treats. By reading the above posts I made the mistake many of you other dog owners did as well. I gave my dogs a bone and almost killed one of them.

      Thinking that dogs and bones were meant to be together, I stupidly gave a smoked bone to both of my schnuazers. One of them was not effected, but the other was severely impacted. He started walking around very listless, and his cute little tail was tucked up so close to his behind, it looked like he had no tail at all.

      I was up all night with him, as he was very uncomfortable and roaming around. On our first walk of that horrible night, he tried his best to have a bowel movement, but could not. Totally not like his usual habit. We came home and he continued to look very uncomfortable and restless. My other dog had decided it was time for his sleepy time and went off to bed, leaving me with the sick dog.

      As the night went on, he grew more irrated, and he started shaking and shivering. I was thinking he was cold, so I kept him close for body heat and put a cuddly blanket on top of him, but his shivering got worse and worse as the night progressed on. By morning, we had gone around our neighbourhood block 3 times, with the thought of walking would make him have a poop. No luck

      At 9am I called my Vet, and brought him in to get looked at. I was there for 2 hours and after a blood test I was told that although he could not feel any blockage when the vet examined him, the blood test revealed that there was a spike in his test that showed leakage from his intestine. I was then told that surgery would most likely need to be performed, and that even that would not guarantee that my beloved pet would make it though.

      Needless to say I was crushed, and left the vet almost $300 dollars poorer (in tears) and with 5 different kinds of medication. I came home and started with the medications that he did not get by injections at the office and purchase some electolites and the simple but amazing aid of canned pumpkin (no spices added).

      The blood test had also shown that my dog was severely dehidrated, so I was syringe feeding him water and the electolites. He managed to pass some digested bone, and I was hopefull that this was the turning point to him getting better.

      He disposition started to reflect his normal behaviors, and he started looking for food. I was told to make him plain rice with added hamburg or chicken as it is easy for him to digest. I did that and fed him small amounts.

      It is now almost 30 hours since he has eaten the bone, and although he is acting much more like his normal self, I am still concerned as his bowel movements are still very soft and small. I lay awake tonight listening to his gentle groans and breathing scared that this horror may not be done yet.

      I never thought my life could be so impacted by my dog's stool. Who would of thought! I pray that my dog will make a dump as he use to and them maybe I can safely breathe again.

      Please if anyone has taken the time to read though this long drawn out description of my although good intention screw up, PLEAE NEVER FEED YOUR DOGS COOKED BONES. Even if you have in the past and had no problems, take it from someone who knows.......Your pet's life is worth so much more than a bone.

      Thank you to all who posted above it was very comforting to read your thoughts and experiences.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      The swallowing you are seeing is not necessarily a sign of something stuck in the throat or esophagus. Many times dogs start swallowing a lot when they are nauseous because they tend to salivate and drool more. The fact she is keeping the bread down is a good sign. Perhaps you may want to try a bland diet for a few days. If she continues vomiting, refusing food or does not seem to go back to her normal self, have her seen and possibly x-rayed for a blockage.

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      Jessica 5 years ago

      Yesterday woke up to my 1 yr 8mth old vomitting. Noticed there were three more puke piles in the room. One of them she must have eaten again. She then continued swallowing a lot for an hour or so. I took her to vet and got this liquid to coat throat and stomach and some antibiotics. Today she seems to be swallowing less but not having an appetite to eat her own food. Yet she would eat a piece of bread. She is also drinking water. In the last two weeks she has not chewed anything up. I let her chew on deer antlers with a bit of the skull and took it away when i saw her breaking off pieces of it. Is it possible for her to have a sliver of the bone in her esophagus and now its irritating her? or what could this possibly be?

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      joan boyle 5 years ago

      my daughter has 11week king charles was not eating or drinking being sick all the time took him to vets put on i.v and given antibotics.sented home next day had to be brought back that night nothing showed in xrays or bloods had operation to find bowel was blocked had no insurance and wonderful vet only charged £430 puppy seems to be doing better is drinking and started to eat.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      All you can do at this point is wait. Immediately report to your vet if you notice signs of an obstruction such as vomiting, straining to defecate or refusing to eat. It is worth also to check the stools for traces of the condoms. Best wishes.

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      sydmarti 5 years ago

      my dog ate my roommates condoms. condoms as in plural. I had to help pull one out today and we came home to find her trashcan pulled over again and she admitted to feeling like he could have eaten two or three. what should i do?? will this hurt him? i am a college student and i don't want to spend a fortune on something that would not cause him any harm. he's a 23 lb boston. any insight?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Jona, you may watch him for signs of an obstruction and then possibly take him to the vet as soon as you notice anything odd (while checking his stools as well) or you can play it safe and take him to the vet right away for x-rays. Best wishes!

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      jona 5 years ago

      hi... can someone give me advice on what to do with my puppy. My puppy is a 3 month old chinese shar pei and he ate a 4 inch barbeque stick and i'm afraid that something bad might happen to him. Please help, thanks!!!

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      Alishanicole29 5 years ago

      My family and I went to the gym on Saturday, when we returned, we found the turkey from Thanksgiving in the middle of the kitchen floor and my pit bull no where in site! 24 hours later, she began throwing up and that continued all night long! I took her to the vet the next morning. After running some blood test and an xray, they found that she had 2 bones visible but because it was near her colon, surgery wasn't needed! They put her on IV and gave her some medication. She has not passed the bone yet because she has nothing in her stomach to poop out! She is very lethargic and it's hurting my heart! She is still throwing up a little.. Yesterday it was grass! The vet suggested sending her to another hospital to do an ultrasound and possibly surgery! The problem with that is, I can afford it..At all.. Please advise!

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      sam 5 years ago

      my dog is in the process of passing of a sock - it's beyond the throwing up stage, he eats food, drinks has lot of energy but is having a hard time passing the sock. I assume partial blockage or just slow moving sock. Any idea's if there is something i can give him to help lube him up a bit?

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      Hattie's Mom 5 years ago

      My puppy Hattie suddenly went lethargic, started throwing up and having diarrhea saturday. at first I thought it was some terrible disease like parvo or Coccidia but sunday morning her bm was more solid again and she wasn't as lethargic. She still wasn't eating, but she seemed to be doing a lot better from saturday, so I started to think it may have been a blockage. Monday morning she vomited twice, but it was all stomach acid. I tried giving her food she wouldn't touch it, but her energy was coming back up and she was looking better. by evening she still would not eat her food but she would eat her treats again and she wanted the cats food (which I refused). Now it is Tuesday and this morning she finally had a solid bm again only it looked like it was poopy stuffing. So I am guessing that her duck that she ripped apart is the culprit to her problem, and that she thinks it is her food. I did buy some canned dog food today and mixed a little in with her dry dog food and she is eating it like nothing ever happened. My question is should the stuffing just pass normally since we got a good chunk through her system? Should I take her to the vet? and I was planning on giving her her first set of shots this week but now that she's been sick I'm wondering when I should give her the shots? She is back to her normal self which I am very thankful for I just need to know if I need to take any more precautions or is the worst over? Thank you

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      No vomiting is a good sign and even playing outside. I would follow the vet's advice and monitor him and touch basis with the vet if anything unusual develops, best wishes!

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      dk 5 years ago

      Our puppy (5 month mini american eskimo) swallowed a small chicken bone yesterday. He wouldn't eat or drink today so we took him to a vet. The vet took a abdominal x ray which found no bone but gas and prescribed pepto bismol. He told us to contact him if situation does not improve. How common is this and how worried should we be? Some additional info that might be useful is Dog did not vomit at all today and played outside today but is withdrawn/tired inside.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      When acting sluggish I always recommend vet visits, this hub can help for minor upset tummies but again, your dog sounds like he needs to see the vet.

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Dog-upset-stomach-home...

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      mjd 5 years ago

      my dog is only one and is really playful but yesterday he started acting sluggish so i just thought he was getting tired.but this morning i woke up and he had puke in his kennel and he is still acting sluggish. i dont have alot of money so i wanted to know what you think i should do

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      ilovepotchi 5 years ago

      hi you just linked me to this page and read it. my dog potchi didnt have any diarrhea and doesnt have blood on his stool and bile. no fever as well. what should i do for her to gain energy? dextrose needed?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Christina, you are right to be concerned about strings, ribbons and all the like. In this case, I would think size would not matter. Strings, ribbons and all the like, actually have the potential to cause a different type of obstruction known as ''linear obstruction'' where the intestine tends to bunch up like an accordion or “Ribbon Candy” and the string may tear the intestine causing potentially fatal peritonitis.

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      christina 5 years ago

      with ribbons, strings and pretty much anything being bad for an animal, in the event my 3 yr old black lab did eat/swallow ribbon, would the size of her dictate how long any side effects would talk place? Like obstruction, or it passing or partially passing?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      While vomiting up the felt and plastic is definitely a good sign the fact that shes has not pooped (despite eating), is dry heaving and is moping around is not. I would take her to the vet to play it safe, best wishes.

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      Jamie 5 years ago

      My 2 year old female boxer Georgie Girl ate a small (4"x6") bag made of craft polyester felt. It had nontoxic glue and glitter on it. She also ate part of a plastic bag. This was yesterday. Last night she vomited a lot and there was a bunch of felt in it, and I'm pretty sure she barfed out all of the plastic. Yesterday she was eating and drinking and running around normally, but today she won't eat, she's dry heaving every once in a while and she's moping. No fever, no swelling of her belly, but she hasn't pooped. I don't think she ate anything else, and my husband is out of town which I know upsets her. If she won't eat in the morning or vomits again I'm taking her to the vet. Does it seem like this is something to worry about?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      In any case, it is safe to assume she has a blockage, simply due to her history of ingesting foreign objects. Anyhow, here is a hub for constipation:

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/What-to-do-if-your-dog...

      In lack of canned pumpkin you can try to make it with the real thing, here is a site, but you will have to puree the pumpkin -and not can it of course!-:

      http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/pumpkincannin...

      I would recommend a vet visit at this point, but I cannot come with any solution for financial issues other than calling around and finding a more affordable vet. You can try walking her, and see if that may stimulate her bowels, I wished there could be more option,my very best wishes!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Well, there is not much that can be done if Nina ingested these things several hours ago. Since you do not mention she is vomiting, but she is not eating nor pooping, there are still chances this may not be an obstruction. So want to throw in there that maybe she is a bit ''stressed'' from the move? I know many senior dogs do not generally do well with moves. Did you already try to entice her with some special foods? A bit of boiled chicken?

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      huskiesaremagic 5 years ago

      Hi Alexadry,

      what a heart-warming, heart-breaking but fabulously informative site! I thank you in advance for what i have learned and in anticipation for any help you may be able to offer me over my poorly Husky Nina!

      At 11 she has already battled and won agains mammory and ovarian cancers. She has always had a wobble when she walks and through tests thats the conclusion is a neurolgical problem. That said she is usually happy and hungry all the time :-)

      the last few days she hasnt eaten nor pooed! She is known to eat socks, knickers,shoes, cat litter and go through the rubbish! Not good i know but i always try my best to remove and secure areas before i leave the house.

      I have just moved house (2nd day in new place) and at first thought it could be a readjustment to new surroundings but in hindsight ithink she may have eaten something again that isnt shifting! Cat litter as a rule is natural soft organic wood pellets kind of stuff??? It turns to a fine dust! But last days in house i had already moved my sacks of dog and cat supplies and had to purchase some grey gravelly stuff from local shop! Could this be a problem? The other possibility is a flip flop thong from a few weeks ago that i have not yet found!! i have 2 other chewers (only when left together! i honestly think they dare each other) and i daily inspect ALL ablutions with gloves as i do poo patrol but no purple flip flop thong!

      today is saturday and my vets are a charity and not willing to do much til monday and only if i have relevant paperwork.! I havent yet got new id for new home!!! I dont know what to do as i dont have funds nor credit til later in the month again due to move.

      I have give her pancake syrup on gums also a couple of spoons olive oil to help motion. She drinks water but she wont eat. I am in the uk and cant source tinned pumkin but im trying to locate a fresh one from halloween that hasnt been carved. How do i prepare it if found? In your opinion what from my rambling message do you think is the cause and also anything more i can do?

      Again may thanks to you and all contributers!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Allison, sorry to hear that. I have seen many dogs suffer from heart disease and collapse as you described. Heart meds are often prescribed for such cases, and some dogs do respond well to them. Sending you best wishes!

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      Allison 5 years ago

      I took my dog to the vet and they said they would watch her

      For tonight. They said it is probably a heart disease. :(

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Allison, please take your dog to the vet. Obviously, this is not something to ask for advice online. It may be a heart problem.

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      bgbinkley 5 years ago

      I am so sorry for anyone that have lost their beloved pets, I am one also. We lost our beautiful yellow Lab 10 days ago. She ate plastic and tinfoil, had 3 blockages, ended up with 6 incisions in her intestines and stomach, complications with suture fabric and needed a second surgery . Surgery again to fix the 6 incisions that caused 6 blockages. She ate objects before and was always OK, I thought this time she would be fine again. Please, never, ever think it will pass. By the time she vomited and became sick it was too late. I am consumed with guilt and heartbroken. She was only 6 years old. I wish I could bring my baby back.

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      Allison 5 years ago

      My dog won't stop passing

      Out! I am playing with her then she just collapses on the floor

      For like one minute! I am very worried if this could be fatal! Please reply asap!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      It is hard to say, the vomiting can be due to other reasons, but alone, should be investigated especially in a young puppy as such which can dehydrate quickly. I would give your vet a call to be on the safe side.

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      Matt 5 years ago

      I have a 4 and a half month old weimaraner puppy who is suspected of eating a small plastic sandwich bag whilst out on a walk 3 days ago, yesterday she started vomiting after her tea and also after this morning’s breakfast, but still seems to be full of energy, and her poo seems regular and firm although no sign of the plastic bag,

      Am I worrying needlessly or should I get her to a vet

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      demino 5 years ago

      Update on Cricket. Cricket did have to have surgery. She not only swallowed a necklace, but yards of material were found in her intestines. She developed necrosis on her intestines and the vet had to do repair work as well. This was done on Thursday and today, Monday, she is still not ready to come home as she is still running a low-grade fever. The vet said that considering all, she is doing extremely well.

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      Linda 5 years ago

      I think my dog ate a pair of my underwear three nights ago. This has happened before a few times and she just throws them up within a couple days. This time, though, she hasn't thrown them up and she has a ton of really bad gas. No vomiting, no loss of appetite. Some small amounts of diarrhea. Until this afternoon when she vomited a tiny bit. She is an 85lb Chesapeake bay retriever who is not in distress and doesn't mind me messing with her belly.

      From what I have read here, it sounds like there is a possibility of partial obstruction. So, today I gave her some canned pumpkin and some mashed potatoes. Tomorrow, she goes to the vet. Would a pair of underwear show up on xray? Is there anything more I should be doing right now before she goes to the vet tomorrow?

      Thanks!

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      Samantha 5 years ago

      Hi, My dog ate a piece of Kong bone about 1 year ago. He threw up some pieces about a month or two later and was fine, but yesterday he threw up all day and eventually another piece of it came out. I took him to the vet multiply times yesterday and they said the only way to see if there are still pieces in there is to run a barium treatment that is about $500 Then, possibly surgery. I took him home to think about it and he is still very sleepy and threw up twice last night. Should I take him in? Is that a normal price for the barium treatment? What will happen? Sorry, I am really freaked out...

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      shelly 5 years ago

      SLCpretty: I would find a 24 hour emergency animal hospital asap. I hope your husky gets better.

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      slcpretty 5 years ago

      hi, this afternoon my 9 month old siberian husky got into the plastic wrap, which you wrap around flower pots, and he ate it. he has been puking up water and his food, he isnt walking right, and he has diarrhea. he is our baby, and we are very scared! if anything happened to him we would be heartbroken. we cant get to a vet this late. does anybody know what we can do please!

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      demino 5 years ago

      I have a 9 year old hound mix that until last Friday has not ever been seriously ill. I came home from work and noticed that she was very lethargic. She had gotten sick in my bedroom and had had an episode of diarhhea. I took her to the vet on Saturday and he diagnosed her with a gastrointestinal bug saying that she would most likely be eating by Monday. Monday came and went and she was still not eating and getting weaker by the day. I called the vet again on Wed morning and was told to bring her back in. This time my dog saw a different vet who was very thorough in her questioning. She decided that it was important to do an xray to see if there might be a blockage. Sure enough the xray revealed foreign material in 2 places in Cricket's stomach. The decision was made to keep her at the animal clinic so that they could give her an enema that night and repeat the xray in the am, followed by a barium xray. Cricket will most likely need surgery to remove what she ingested.

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      shelly 5 years ago

      Hi,

      We have a 2 1/2 year old Rhodesian/boxer mix. He has an autoimune disease called thrombocytopenia. His name is Reese and he is the most amazing animal. Three weeks ago Reese has a serious relapse. Just as the medicine was working and things were finally getting better he ate a tennis ball. Whole. Due to his imune system being terribly weakens our vet and the internal specialist do not want to operate. They feel he much to much of a high risk. He is eating, drinking and going to the bathroom as normal. Can a dog throw the ball back up?

      My husband and I are scared and worried. We are praying a miracle happends because our 100 pound Reese is the best boy anyone could ask for.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Do you know if your chips are cedar chips or cocoa mulch?

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      Cynthia 5 years ago

      My 13 month old dachshund eats toys, sticks, etc.

      Last week, he got into our wood chips/bark in the yeard (I didn't know at the time) and the next morning became very sick. Continued vomiting for the bulk of the morning and afternoon, until I took him to the vet. (Thursday) They gave him a couple of shots to calm the GI and metronidazole. He threw up on the way home and one more time that evening. The next day he seemed a bit better, but not great. Very lethargic and uninterested in food, but I decided to let things 'shake out'. Every time I gave him the metronidazole, he seemed miserable. He stomach is not distended nor does he seem like he's in pain when I rub it, but he keeps stretching out his body a lot.

      I returned him to the vet on Saturday. They did the barium test, xrays and bloodwork. Bloodwork was fine and xrays showed inflammation in the intestinal tract.

      Later in the day he passed a piece of wood chip in his stool, so we figured he was going to be ok. But his eating hasn't greatly increased and still he is not back to his usual obnoxiousness. The vet felt that maybe there was just a lot of irritation.....

      The following Thursday, he was doing a bit better and ate a good breakfast and had a bowel movement. I thought we were out of the woods, but that evening, he drank a bunch of water, then threw up everything from the morning, and would not eat any dinner. I got the metronidazole down him that night, then the next morning (today) he wouldn't eat at all again. Got a few pieces of scrambled egg down him this afternoon and then he refused dinner again tonight. Called the vet and am taking him in the morning, but she said to get some Pepto down him and some calories, too. He started off at 17 lbs., but now has probably lost close to 2 lbs. I feel like I'm more worried than my vet and after reading all of these.....I'm VERY concerned about this little boy........

      Please advise??!!!

      Thank you!!!!

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      AlexP 5 years ago

      I have a Mini Bull terrier who is the definition of Hoover. we've stopped giving her Rawhides which we never left with her unattended, and only let her play with toys while were watching. weve been to the vet several times this month for different things.. but lately it has been for soft stool that wont seem to go away. She eats drinks plays and is her normal self. The first visit to the doctor they said she had a lot of bacteria in her stool and gave her antibiotics, about a month later she now has an ear infection. and as soon as we brought her from the vet she started having soft stool again. now 24 hours later its already better. Reading all of these posts is just making me think that perhaps she does have something blocking her intestines? I made an appt to take her again she they mentioned they wanted to do a stomach ultrasound.. HELP

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      woof 5 years ago

      Ok I just finished reading your other page https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Causes-of-blood-in-a-d... and it has been really helpful! I think the blood might be from giardia or some other tummy thing (he does eat a lot of crap!), not the chicken wing. Going to get a stool test done now! Thanks heaps :)

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      Alicia 5 years ago

      I have a mini poodle shes 5 pounds and shes been having diarrhea for about 2 days i thought it was caused cause she ate a lil too much yogurt drop treats shes always been a picky eater but she didn't eat at all for those 2 days on the 3rd day she ate a lil and her poop was a lil softer so i figured she got better, today she actually threw up so i took her to the vet and she said she felt something in her intestine and that she should x-ray her just in case she has something inside... i dont have the money to be paying $260 on an x-ray is there anything else that could be done?

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      woof 5 years ago

      Hi, sorry if this is a repetitive question but my 5 month old pup swallowed a whole cooked chicken drumstick about two weeks ago. We've been watching him closely since then but he hasn't been out of sorts at all and we weren't too worried thinking it would have passed thru. The last couple of days he's had sloppy poos (and loads of killer farts!), and today he's had diarrhea with bright-coloured blood and mucus in it. He's also straining to poo. No other symptoms though, he doesn't seem to be in pain (even if i poke his belly), he's not lethargic or vomiting, and he's as food-focused as ever. Could the poo situation be from the chicken bone stuck somewhere? The other morning i also found a bunch of fibrous woodchip sort of material in his poo. He also spent a couple of days on a friends farm recently where he ate as much chicken poo, rabbit poo, and unidentified animal poo as he could possibly sneak in (among other things i'm sure). Should i continue to wait and see? Would bread/mash potatoes etc be a good precaution?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      For inducing vomiting it is too late, this should be done within two hours. I would call the vet and ask if they believe you should watch your dog for signs of trouble or bring him in and have x-rays done to see where the items are at this time and go from there. Best wishes!

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      ERIN 5 years ago

      My bulldog / boxer mix jumped over the kitchen gate today and had a lunch of cotton make up remover pads.. He ate the entire bag of them. I came home from work and discovered this.. Do I wait and see if it passes or rush him to the vet right away? It has been well over 5 hours since he's eaten them, so I don't think vomiting will be the solution..

      Help!!??

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      Remi's mommy 5 years ago

      Christine, I'm obviously NOT a Vet but I'd DEFINITELY be taking my dog to another vet for a second opinion. It could be something serious and if after a month he's not getting better after a month and is living on what sounds like NutriCal or NutriStat then that's not a good thing. I'd rather get a second opinion and have that vet say to let things go than to NOT get one and lose you furbaby.

      Sooo, I took Remi to the vet today and they did xrays and said he had an enlarged colon but other than that he seems to be good. She said that his food is moving through and that she can't see any obstructions but that the enlarged colon and constipation could be causing the problem. He's been good for a few days now but I decided to take him to the vet just for piece of mind. I'm SOOO glad that my sugar baby is okay!!! Thanks for the page, it had lots of good advice.

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      Christine Malta 5 years ago

      My 10 year old hunting dog used to eat everything in sight. As a rule I only fed him dry food though. It's been a month now and he refuses food, drinks a lot of water. took him to the vet twice. he ran all sort of blood tests for her, and said there is nothing wrong with her. However when he touches her tummy she wince back. The vet said her intestines are swollen. She is practically living on special paste that the vet gave me, which I have to paste to the roof of her mouth. Sometimes she eats a piece or two of boiled chicken. but when I think that ok she is eating now, she stops all over again. Her stools (hardly) are black and liquidy. I really think she has an obstruction. what do u think? ps she still looks pretty healthy, I mean runs after the cat etcs, but I dont know for long this could go on. She lost a lot of weight of course.

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      Kristal, Farmington, NM 5 years ago

      Today we had to put our dog down, he ate string somehow and it got tied up in his intestinal tract. I have four more very expensive, very dear to my heart dogs, how can I tell if they have done the same thing and how to get to it before it maybe kills my other babies?

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      Remi's mommy 5 years ago

      Oh, yeah, Remi's is four years old, or so, and he weighs about five pounds. Those might be important things to know about him. I've caught his sister and him in the trash eating foil, tampons, maxipads (sorry, I know it's gross guys but they'll eat that junk), gum, paper towels, paper bags, string, almost anything. I am SO careful to pick everything up around the apartment, in fact all my trash cans are covered and I lock them in my bedroom when I leave to make sure that they don't get into things while I'm away. I gave him pumpkin because I saw online that it's good for helping dogs have softer stools. I'll maybe try the bread and see if that helps. He's been fine for a few days but that could be because he was eating the pumpkin in his food and then I ran our Monday and he was fine so I didn't open another can. Perhaps the pumpkin was helping and not having it made it worse.

      Oh, yeah, and I've been fishing around in his poop, sorry but he's my kid and I'd do it if he was a child if necessary, and haven't found anything untoward. I did find that ONE of my dogs, I have four, had somehow fished out a maxipad (it was clean) and ate it and had pooped it out. It seemed that that was all he/she had pooped out though, which was odd.

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      Remi's mommy 5 years ago

      Hi, I don't know what's wrong with my little man puppy and set up an appointment to see the vet because my little man was acting "funny" He's eating, pooping, peeing, sleeping and everything else, but sometimes he'll shake and cry for what appears to be no reason. I assumed it was a blockage but every time I get ready to take him to the vet, he'll suddenly bounce back and start playing and acting like his normal goofy self again.

      I was gone overnight visiting my aunt and when I got home Remi was NOT his normal perky self. He normally jumps off the bed and couch, even though I have steps for both he likes to jump where he wants to jump which scares me to pieces but I truly cannot stop him. Initially I thought maybe he had pulled a muscle but then one day when I picked him up he cried and after he pooped he cried and shook for about 45 mins. It began two weeks ago this Saturday coming up. I had an appt last Saturday but then he was literally eating, pooping, playing, EVERYTHING like normal so I cancelled the vet appt because I just had a miscarriage and missed a week of work and now I'm single and the vet bill would have killed me. Since he seemed okay the vet tech said I should just monitor him and make another appointment if I needed to. Monday, Tues, Wed he was fine and then WHAM! Today, Thurs, he starts acting all funny again and he's shaking after pottying. He's crying and won't jump down off my bed. He even peed in the house, which he NEVER does! I'm gonna have to take him to the vet but I thought the worst was over because we had so many days without incidence, so I paid a few extra bills. In a few weeks when I've gotten everything paid up, I'm afraid that it will be too late but they said at the vet's office that if he's eating, pooping, peeing, sleeping, drinking, etc, that he probably doesn't have an obstruction. *sigh* If money wasn't tight because of missing work I'd just do it and not think about it but we need lights and I need to make sure that he's okay. My dogs are like my kids. I just don't know what to think or do. Please help.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Generally, symptoms of a blockage show up within 48-72 hours but there are no rules set in stone. I know of dogs going for months with partial obstructions and then they do x-rays and find objects stuck in the intestinal tract 3 months later! I would suggest x-rays for peace of mind.

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      PR 5 years ago

      my dog had an obstruction in the colon and did not eat or pass stools for the last one week.......my vet sugessted iv fluids....now he is eating OK and the stools are almost bak to normal....so do you think there is more cause for worry???

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      LK 5 years ago

      hi, my 1 year old pug swallowed about 3 inches of rawhide treat almost 2 days ago. he's eating, drinking, pooping and acting fine but there is no sign of the treat, what action should i take? if there was a blockage would there have been symptoms by now?

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      ken 5 years ago

      i wrote you at about 3am with a vet visit planned later that morning. 9am he vomited again and i found 3 little pieces of the bone. He came back inside and drank a bunch of water and seemed comfortable but wore out. i checked his gums again and as always they were pink and turned white when pressed on. He slept all day and then woke up and was wanting to eat and go for a walk!!! Back to his old self. Thanks for the help.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I would have this dog seen by a vet, while it could be you are dealing with an obstruction, the coughing, vomiting foamy puke may also be due to ''kennel cough'' a heart problem or a part of bone stuck in the throat. Due to your dog's age I would recommend a vet visit, best wishes.

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      ken 5 years ago

      15lb 12year old maltese. ate a good sized meal of his regular food. then chewed up a denta type bone. a few hours later throwing up whitish foamy puke. along with this he developed a "cough". stomach/intestines making a gas bubble sound off and on. dog is very uncomfortable and tried to drink some water only to let it run and cough back out of his mouth. love you for helping people out on here.

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      tabitha 5 years ago

      Hello,

      I have a one year old pomeranian who I'm sure ate some chicken bones yesterday. I(Monday) came home from work and she had gotten into the trash. There was nothing left! It is now Tuesday evening she's eating, drinking, playing ect but she seems to be panting a lot. (Though I've noticed the ppanting before, I'm highly paranoid) and she had loose stool the past two days. I doubt she would swallow them hole cause she chews everything but ugh I jst don't know what to do. Idea please? I need to avdoin the vet as mch as possible .

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      Dave Seligson 5 years ago

      Hi Alex,

      My family have been struggling with our German Shepherd's Diarrhea for a few months now. Daisy is almost 10 years old and otherwise very healthy. (good weight, active, no fever, good appetite, no vomiting, etc) One day out of the blue it started up and the Vet gave her a prescription of Metrodiazonale (sp?) for Clostridium. After the prescription ran out, it came back and we did 2 more 10 day cycles of it with the same results. After the last round of Metro I went food-defensive on Daisy with Pumpkin, Rice, eggs and Chicken. She went 10 days after the last prescription before the symptoms returned, and I'm having back-and-forth loose poop/firm poop results with this diet.

      One thing I've noticed, it seems like any dry/hard food causes liqui-poop. Eggs, Chicken, Rice, Pumpkin give decent results, but a few hours after I give her kibble or even dog biscuits, the liquid poop returns.

      I know about the Clostridium spores, and their resistance to everything, but I can't shake the thought that Daisy might have a partial obstruction towards the end of the digestive tract.

      She has ample access to kids toys, "squeakers" after she "kills" her own toys, and anything in our back yard.

      And if it is really Clostridium, why would she be fine for 9 years and then have chronic Clostridium ( or whatever it's called)

      My own vet suggested a Colonoscopy, but this costs well over what we can afford. What do you suggest?

      I know that the Metrodiazonale would stop the Diarrhea completely, and enable her to eat dry food again, but is this just masking something? Should we try x-rays? Ultrasound? Thank you for any ideas or suggestions,

      DaveS

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      Jerri 5 years ago

      I worked at a vet clinic and did an x-ray on a yellow lab who ate a tv remote control. The x-ray showed the batteries and the remote in his stomach. We ended up doing surgery to remove them before they did any further harm. The yellow lab lived and went back to his business of packing things around and chewing them up

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      What a terrible ordeal! Thank you for sharing, I am sure your story will be an eye opener to the dangers blockages can pose, dearest sympathies.

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      sueandkeith 5 years ago

      Just a caution in case our story helps any dog owners and/or saves a dog's life. Dyna our 7 year old standard dachshund with a vacuum cleaner appetite suddenly refused to eat one morning. She vomited her undigested dinner from the night before so we took her to the vet. Xrays showed no blockage only gas pockets in her bowel. 2 days later we spent the night up with her whilst she whined and yelped in agony (We now know this was the time her bowel ruptured). Back to the vet where we asked for exploratory surgery to see what was wrong. They insisted it was "haemorragic gastroenteritis". She was straining to poop and all she managed was runny, bloody muck. The next 5 days were spent in and out of the vets, but mostly at the vets being observed and getting pain relief.

      Finally one week after refusing to eat they recommended surgery and found a dish cloth stuck in her bowel, the bowel had perforated and peritonitis was all through her belly. She came through the surgery but one week of not eating had reduced the protein count in her blood to the extent that she couldn't heal. She never came home again. The following two days she spent at the vet not improving. A drain was inserted into her wound and peritonitis was back. Emergency surgery was again performed 10 days after she initially got sick but her organs had already failed and she was euthenised.

      We are still devasted and angry at our vet for not operating sooner and taking the cautious approach with her. I didn't find this blog until it was too late to help her. Please insist and speak for your pet as they cannot. We would probably still have Dyna if we insisted on surgery on day 3. Now all we have is her ashes in a box.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Sorry got to your post just now. You can either have Winston see the vet for x-rays or keep a careful eye on him and drive him to the vet as soon as you notice vomiting, diarrhea, problems defecating or abdominal pain (generally within 48 hours). You said he vomited the kibble but no signs of the greenie? Greenies appear to not be fully digestible which means they might get stuck in the digestive tract. I would have him x-rayed asap to be safe.best wishes and post back if you wish.

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      CrickettFields 5 years ago

      He threw up a bit ago all undigested kibble he had after the treat I am sooo worried...

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      CrickettFields 5 years ago

      We have puppy who is four months old and he loves to chew so we bought him a Greenies bone... he was doing quite well with it then suddenly swallowed it! I have been looking all over the internet and asking all kinds of people for advice what to do... it has only been four hours ago and he has eaten since then and drank... no vomiting yet... I am curious if this is something we should bring to a vets attention or just "wait it out"? I am very concerned for little Winston... he is a pug and they are known to gulp things... please help!!!! =(

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      Dawn 5 years ago

      Hi Alexa, as disgusting (and unfortunately common) as it is, my 7yr old Lab-Chow mix has ingested a tampon. At this time, it was around noon yesterday. He had eaten previously and was able to defecate, but later on in the day, he did his usual routine and was unable to produce a bowel movement. I gave him the night and called the vet this morning and he suggested 2 tablespoons of Mineral Oil soaked in bread to help him pass it. Around 4 this afternoon, he was finally able to make a movement, but I saw no tampon in his stool. He has his appetite, and is still his playful self. Do you think we are in the clear now? I plan on keeping an eye on him throughout the night and calling the vet with an update in the morning. Any advice will help. He is actually my mother's dog who I took over due to her having a stroke, so I'm a little under prepared financially, and mentally for these emergencies! Thank you!

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      jen 5 years ago

      My moms pup was 2yrs old i woke up yesterday tn a weired noise wheni went to get up i steped in vomet. as i tried to get to the light i steped in more. when i finaly got it on i saw it all over the carpet. i figured she had an upset stomach. then i noticed take when she tried to potty all that would come out was blood. i told my mom take her to the vet over and over but she started to look a a lil better the blood had stoped for about 1hr to 2 the it started again. i told my mom i want to pin her for the night so she wouldent bleed on the kids blankets and we wouldnt have to step in any of it in the morning. my mom gave her a big soft blanket and we set her up in the corner. today at 6:05am our coffee alarm went off i got up to check her and she was gone.we dont know what caused it but if ur dog seems fine one sec andd then is vomiting everywhere the next take her in and have her seen

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      Bully Lover 5 years ago

      My American bulldog throw up a sock this morning. We do not know were she got it from because it is not my husbands or mine. I called the vet they told me to watch and make sure she is eating,drinking, peeing and pooping okay. She is however she has been throwing up still. The vet doesn't have an opening until tomorrow afternoon. Sure

      I take her to another vet or emergency clinic?

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      Liz 5 years ago

      I have a Shiba Inu who is more fox than dog, and a week ago he swallowed a chicken wing whole. I did my internet research and kept an eye on him, and nothing seems to be wrong so far ( I gave him bread, check to make sure his stomach isn't distended and he has been poohing regularly) but I haven't noticed a bone yet, so should I be worried?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Mariana and unknown both your dogs really should see a vet at this point. If problems persist, call your vet and schedule ASAP to have x-rays done.

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      unknown 5 years ago

      My dog swallowed a hole bone a week ago, now she is vomiting an is smells like feces. What do I do?

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      Mariana 5 years ago

      Hi there, my chihuahua dog is a year old and on thursday afternoon he started throwing up his food, we just thought that the food had given a tummy ache and he was still very energetic but Friday morning he didn't get up to say bye to me (which Is a big deal) and he didn't eat the whole day, and was vomiting and had diarrhea but no blood, on Saturday we took him to the vet and he gave him an antibiotic shot and something to control his diarrhea, it's Sunday morning and he's still not eating he's down to 3 pounds he's lethargic he's been throwing up and hisbreathing is dragging idk what to do hes my bestfriend...

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      Kelly 5 years ago

      My black lab ate a small portion of my underwear. Te first time was four weeks ago and je seems normal. He has thrown up a couple times but it is not un common for him. He did it again and ate a small portion of my underwear. He is acting normal with normal stool. Should I be concerned? What should I do?

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      Neil 5 years ago

      Hi,great page which i have found whilst desperately looking through the net.I have a 2yr old French Bulldog which is having problems.She started to get in pain 3 weeks ago, crying about once a day and shaking for no apparent reason and if she jumped, which after a few trips to the vet followed by some xrays it turned out she had a compacted bowel.These results were discovered after about 12 days.She had been going to the toilet but less and by the time we had the xrays she didnt go for 3 days.The vet gave us a laxative and some rectal gel to be applied daily.Previous to the problems we had changed her diet to include pasta and rice with her tinned food as she was having allergic reactions of itching to the kindle and she also ate a heap of pork rib bones.Her stools where very dry before the full on constipation also.We have been giving her the laxative, gel and also feeding here pumpkin and only wet tinned dog food to help her go.She has been going on average once a day (normal 3-4) around mid morning but is acting very depressed and by night time she is sat hiding in a corner ,sometimes crying with her head looking up at the ceiling.Its like she is trying not to go to the toilet.We have obviously been taking her out on the field by the house to try and get her to go a few times a day and when she is in pain also.These attacks of pain can last 15mins to 2hours.We feel so helpless and unfortunately we are expats living in Tunisia and the vets her dont seem very helpful along with a bit of a language barrier.We feel so helpless and when she is in pain if i go near here she just starts screaming.In the morning we can wake to her crying and shaking then she can be ok all day (although down) then by the night on agony then fine a bit later,although the last few days it seems to be more bouts of pain.We are so worried and wondered if you had any advice please.How long can a blockage take to clear that has built up over 2 weeks?We though a couple of days. Although she is going once a day (which isnt much but she is only on 2 small meals of wet food and pumpkin)is it possible that it is a partial blockage ? Im starting to think she is scared of going!!There is nothing obvious to a blockage on the xrays,just a full bowel! Thanks in advice for any advice.

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      Renn 5 years ago

      Hi there. Great article.

      One question. . . my dog Benny (15lb terrier) ate a chunk of bark/stick about 36 hours ago--maybe a bit more. I tried hard to get it out of his mouth, but he chewed a couple times and it was down the hatch. Since then, he's eaten all of his meals (3 of them) enthusiastically, and I included some bread and extra water. He seems generally like himself--excitable at times and chill others. . . which is generally normal for an 8month old puppy.

      He's had at least three bowel movements since then, all of them normal, none of them strained. . . or including pieces of sticks/bark. Zero vomiting. Zero blood anywhere.

      I guess my question is. . . when are we out of the woods? When will I be sure that something didn't splinter off and hurt him or cause intestinal bleeding or something? Are these things generally rapid-onset?

      So far so good, but I'm still worried, because, well, I'm a worrier.

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      Allison 5 years ago

      My Pomeranian got to a corn cob yesterday and ate like half of it. Today she vomited some. I am worried if she will be okay. Is vomiting pieces of corn cob good or bad?

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      Amir 5 years ago

      Hi all,

      My belgian malinois has been vomiting up her food a few minutes after her meal for about 2 and a half days now.

      She still defecates pretty regularly, about twice a day.

      Does this sound like an obstruction? I intend to take her to the vet tomorrow morning but I wonder if I should go to him more urgently than that?

      Thanks

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I would have him x-rayed asap. The chances of an obstruction are high based on your description of him wolfing down the bone and the symptoms you are seeing. Best wishes.

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      Chelsea 5 years ago

      My lab had really bad diarrhea yesterday and threw up any water he drank. He usually wants to eat 24/7 and yesterday and today he wont even go near food. He has been acting like he needs to go "number 2" aleast once every hour. When I go out with him he literally shoots blood out of his behind and nothing else. We took him to the vet earlier today, before I noticed that he seemed constipated, and she did a test for whipworm that came out negative yet she still treated him for that. I have only given him one dose so far and it doesnt seem to help at all. What else could it be? Also, if it helps, I noticed this all started after I gave him a raw hide bone that we noticed he ate really fast. HELLPPP please!!!

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      Sad 5 years ago

      my puppy is in the hospital right now. she was puking..had no energy..stopped eating..soon enough she wasnt drinking and peed blood. the vet pulled 2 pennies out of her behind..and an xray showed alot more. she had a blood transfusion last night and surgery afterwards. she seems to have taken okay to both..despite some issues that came up with her immune system. she had all kinds of change in her but the worst was she had 18 pennies which contain zinc. the zinc affected her pancreas and now she has to stay in the ICU to make sure she heals okay and that her liver and kidneys aren't infected. shes 12 lbs..shes a year old. shes just a baby and im praying everything will be okay. i miss her and i just want her home.

      is there anywhere on the internet with stories of other people whos pets have had zinc poisoning and had to haev surgery? (uplifting stories preferably..)

      im so lost right now..shes my baby.

      if your dog ever starts puking bile..and you haven't noticed her eat anything. just get the xray. maybe if i had caught this earlier the zinc wouldnt have affected her so bad and she could be home already.

      my vet bill is going to be $6300. nevermind the $300 i'd already spent on her this week for antihistamines and other medicine before all this.

      take care of your babies..dont leave change anywhere. something so small can harm them so much. sorry im just really depressed right now. i need my boo.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Ginger, the prognosis varies. Generally when caught early surgery will get the item causing the blockage out so that solves the problem. Of course, the prognosis varies depending on the dog's age, the location of the item, how sharp it was etc.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Jason, you may be dealing with ''pica'' even though some things your dog eats are perfectly normal for dogs. Dead animals, cat vomit, fish bones are all foods dogs like regardless. Here is a link about pica:http://www.aspcabehavior.org/articles/18/Pica-Eati...

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      Ginger 5 years ago

      My poor little foster dog chewed off the ends of one of those ham bones they sell wrapped in plastic at the grocery store. She's a 45-lb. pitbull mix (on the smaller side), but I didn't realize how brittle those things are. Since then (last night), I've been worried about her (reading all over the Internet the dangers of cooked bone)... She's been drinking a lot of water, eating all her food and going on walks, but her stools are loose (no blood) and she seems sleepier than usual. We've fed her bread and cotton balls, so far. Planning on taking her to the clinic if things worsen, but AHHH -- what's the normal prognosis for this? We love this dog and want to adopt it ASAP, and can't stand the thought of losing her.

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      Jason 5 years ago

      Have you any ideas what causes some dogs to have the desire to eat crazy things!? I have kept dogs before, but never had one like my current one. She is a very fussy eater and often will go days without eating her dog food. I have changed the brands and tried wet and dry. I never give in so eventually she gets hungry and eats it. When we are out on walks she will eat anything - the more dangerous the better. I live in Thailand and there are lots of street dogs that wander about, and even these skinny hungry dogs wont eat what she does. Here is a list - large cooked fish bones - a cooked chicken neck, a squashed toad with maggots, rocks, Polystyrene, branches, elastic bands, lots of leaves, extra spicy week old curry, cat vomit, dead and very smelly bird, etc etc.

      I don't know where she finds them. Once she has the thing i have no chance to stop her eating it, unless its a big thing. Even on the lead, she just swallows it in a second. Off the lead she runs off and hides and comes back home on her own later. I have never encourages this behavior, never chased her, shouted at her, or made any fuss. I just say NO and take the thing and forget it.

      So my question is why is she doing this. She nearly chocked once on the chicken neck and her tongue was blue. I had to pull the thing out of her throat. She usually vomits the rotten stuff up when she gets back home and usually this is on our one expensive rug! Thanks

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      Juan 5 years ago

      My dog ate a couple napkins and they got stuck in his small intestine we took him to two different vets but they said he was okay just needed sleep and time 3 weeks passed and we got a call from the vet and they told us he needed surgery he lost 10 pounds from not eating. He died on the surgery table.why did they wait so long to tell us? Why?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I think a vet x-ray is the most reliable way to confirm an obstruction and rule out anything else, best wishes.

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      Britney 5 years ago

      My dog started with diahrear, 2 weeks ago, been eating the food recommended by the vet chix rice pro biotic stuff. Drinking and eating stopped 3 days ago. He has cushings disease, but he got into the trash there was a chicken in there. How can I tell if its a blockage and not the cushings and he is just crashing from that? He is 18 years old.

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      Pickersgill 5 years ago

      Strange one this problem. Our Border Terrier has suddenly gone off food, she cannot defacate and when out for a walk and after attempting defacation she will not walk far, she sits or lays down.

      We took her to the vet and he gave he several emenas plus rear end probing to clear and hard stools. Eventually she was xrayed and a lump was seen in her intestinal area. When they operated they found her gut wa a sort of tangled 'S' shape surrounded by fat. Neither the vet nor his colleaugue has ever seen anything like this before - anybody heard of it?

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      Werevampiwolf 5 years ago

      My mom's dog seems to have a lot of these symptons, EXCEPT vomiting and diarrhea. This has been going on for a while. Is it an obstruction, or might it be something else? He's about 9-12 years old, a medium-large mutt, and has never really been much of a chewer, except on rare instances. Any ideas? He may be put down due to lack of funds to fix such a problem. I don't want this to happen, and would be greatful of any help that may prevent it.

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      Chelsea 5 years ago

      Hi there. Today I noticed that my 4 year old female Boston Terrier has been straining to defecate. She tries and tries (we counted 9 attempts within 20 minutes) to defecate, but nothing comes out but drops of clear water. Other than this, she is acting fine. Normal, aggressive appetite for both food and water, playful, looks a bit pudgy but nothing too unusual (she's been putting on a little weight in the past few months). She does have access to a rug which we've caught her tearing up. She pulls the string out and then spits them out (never swallows them that we see, but there have been strings in her feces before). Should we be concerned? I gave her half a slice of bread and canned pumpkin today, so hopefully that'll help. If it doesn't, should we see a vet or wait and see since she's acting normally? Does this sound like an obstruction to you? Thanks in advance for your help!

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      Miself23 5 years ago

      I just got a Min Pin puppy a couple of weeks ago, and she received her 1st series of shots on Thursday in the left hip. Yesterday I noticed something different about her back legs when I took her outside to the bathroom. I came home from work and took her out of the cage to take outside and noticed her tummy seemed bloated. At first I thought she may be constipated, but she was finally able to poop. I can't pin point it, but something seems wrong with her back legs, like she is uncomfortable. She has a noticable difference in her activity level, but her appetite seems the same and she is pooping. At first I thought maybe it could be discomfort from the shot, but she is the same this morning and I am starting to get worried. I read the article above on dogs with a ''vacuum cleaner'' reputation. She chews on a lot of things and she has gotten a hold of my other dogs rawhide bones (which I see now I need to make sure does not happen), so I got to thinking maybe she may have an intestinal blockage. Would this be a symptom? What else should I look for?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      By now you should have seen the first initial signs of an obstruction, how is he doing?

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      joandi6 5 years ago

      Our 17 week old, 48 lb. st. bernard ate 1/2 a corn cob our toddler threw off of her high chair.. not quite sure whether to wait for vomiting or just call the vet!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      G, feeding white rice should help for diarrhea and vomiting, and is indeed recommended for upset tummies, I would have your pom seen just to be safe, best wishes

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Diane, by now I would say it should have passed and by now you should have seen signs of trouble (vomiting, straining, pain etc). So the chances are two: you missed the bones (did you inspect the stools carefully with gloves or using a stick?) or the bones are still causing a partial obstruction allowing food to pass through and not cause any problems. I hope they were just missed, my very best wishes.

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      5 years ago

      I spoke too soon. My pom pup had a tiny bit of diarrhea tonight. Can feeding him white rice do that?

      Should I be concerned about blockages now?

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      5 years ago

      My large 6 month old Pomeranian ate some corn cob last night and Internet searches tell me it's not good. He is being normal and had 3 bowel movements this morning, the last of which was about 85% corn cob bits.

      He had thrown up yellow bile and bubbles yesterday morning (about 14 hours BEFORE the forbidden cob consumption) so I had made some plain white rice for him. This morning i gave him a huge serving of the rice with a bit of yogurt. I think the rice helped push things along.

      He is being a little calmer than normal but still playful with his toys and ppl he normally won't play with. He is just friendlier to ppl and dogs today but just as barky at home at strange noises. It's also record highs today, really hot. Can his subdued behavior be attributed to the heat? Or should I get him checked out?

      He will eat food, but since a really long walk and meeting a new, large friend at the park he doesn't want water. So this not drinking thing is concerning me. What is recommended? is he I. The clear? No vomiting or diarrhea. The earlier vomit was before the cob incident and coincidental, but probably expected from all the crap he finds and eats.

      Also, I was told I can muzzle him on our walks so he doesn't eat as much garbage. Is this a good idea?

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      Debbie  5 years ago

      My lab who is ten months old grabbed a shiskabob off the plate and ran with it before i could get her. it was raw meat had not even made it to the barbeque yet..... She devoured it with most of the stick also .... i am worried that she will not pass the stick and it may puncture her bowel i did like you said and gave her a couple pieces of bread what are your thoughts on this alexadry thank you

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      Diane Mahmoud 5 years ago

      This is a very popular post!! I have read all the responses and have a question about my American cocker spaniel, Charlie, who ate a lamb rib bone out of the trash 3 nights ago. We took him to the vet immediately and x-rays showed that the bone (in 2 pieces) was in his stomach. He wasn't vomiting or lethargic, so the vet instructed us to wait to see if the bones passed. It's been three days and we haven't seen any bones in his stool. He is still acting fine, using the bathroom fine, and no sign of problems. But I am concerned. How long before I know that all is well--especially since I haven't seen any indication he passed the bones? I live in a Spanish speaking country and my English-speaking vet is on vacation. So to be able to get an answer in English is much appreciated!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      If he is acting fine and everything, very likely he has got rid of them all, but just keep an eye on him to play it safe..

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      michelle 5 years ago

      my dog ate a lot of used tampons 4 days ago i took him straight to the vets and he was given antibiotics he got sick 3 times that day but since has been fine eating drinking and going to the toilet and has passed a couple but today he got sick and there was a whole tampon that came out after four days after he got sick he was fine he went to the toilet and pooed another one out but then he ate all his food had a good drink and is running around like nothing happened should i be worried

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      cristal 5 years ago

      i have a shihtzu 2 months old puppy she is sick having a fever and vomiting for 2 days just gave her a home remedy for a while not yet consulting to vet, i jsut want to known if its fine for her a baby medicine for fever?

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      karen 5 years ago

      get a remote training collar and when he jumps on tha table to steal sometimes, zap him... he won't do it many times.

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      ChocLabMom 5 years ago

      Well, I think (hope!) we are out of the woods with my Choc Lab (1 1/2yr) who ate the corn cobs. This morning he threw up 5 separate times and all were corn cobs!! He ate them Sat around 6:00 and today is MONDAY. I had no idea that dogs would "hold" on to something that long. So glad it all (hope) came out! 2 poops today with corn and cob. He seems just fine. Dumb Dog! I wish he would learn from his mistakes! 2 trips to the vet in his short life for eating chocolate and an entire choc cake. He eats paper towels/napkins like they are candy when he finds a random one. He's eaten a night light bulb, silly bands, hair ties, and the most disgusting of all - a half of a dead squirrel. Yes, half. I stepped on the other half to pull it out of his mouth. I love my dog. >:/ Is it JUST chocolate labs that feel like they have to eat everything! He acts likes he's starving 24/7 LOL. Thanks everyone for your well wishes. Love this blog.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      It does happen.. my dogs would eat bones one day and throw up parts of it the day after, as if they never got out of the stomach and remained stuck there for some reason..Keep an eye on him and watch for signs... best wishes!

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      ChocLabMom 5 years ago

      My dog ate 3 ears of cooked and cooled corn on the cob yesterday around 6:00. I don't know if he even chewed them he ate them so fast. Today he has had 4 poops and didn't appear straining (although they were full of corn) and 20 min ago he threw up some cob (and a paper towel he ate today at noon). Is it normal for a dog to throw up something he ate 22 hours ago? He seems fine today - went to dog park this morning and played now is just chillin' on his dog bed. If he's pooped and threw up some, do you think he will be just fine? Holiday weekend and all...no vet other than emergency ($$$$$$) is open. thanks.

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      andrea 5 years ago

      They said they were a little concerned with the xrays, that there could possibly be something in there but wasnt 100% The weird thing is that I have been giving her brown rice and boiled chicken all day today( no vomiting) and thats how i started the week out last week and slowly added food after only a day. We will be calling our reg vet tomorrow, we were at the er vet last night with her because thats what they told us to do. She pooped this morning a little tiny poop not sure if thats because she has had nothing in her tummy from yesterday, but we will be monitoring that closely and are looking to see if anything has come through (yuck!)I appreciate your feedback!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      ''She is pooping just fine and wants to eat but just cant keep it down but why the break from sun to thurs with no vomiting?''

      This is hard to say, perhaps the food has been blocking up and accumulating gradually up until the intestinal tract could no longer hold anything more? You state your dog is pooping just fine though, which means the food is able to somehow pass past the obstruction..-if this is what you are dealing with-

      There are different vets, those conservative ones that say to wait and see, and those more prone to go to straight to surgery to prevent complications..in these cases, a second opinion does not hurt..but if she cannot keep any food down, I think it is best to see what is going on.. didn't the x-rays show anything?

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      andrea 5 years ago

      Our 4 1/2 yr old whippet mix started vomitting a week ago, vomited about 6 to 7 times within a 24 hour period, thought at first it was just bc she had too much to eat, until she kept it up. I took food away for 24 hours sat then sun intorduced rice only then slowly added her food. She was ok until the following thurs where since then now today being sat has vomited once a day after eating. Took her to the vet today and they did xrays and said that there possibly could be an obstruction in her intestines. She is pooping just fine and wants to eat but just cant keep it down but why the break from sun to thurs with no vomiting? Of course they want to do surgery right away, is this necessary? Should we wait to see if something passes? ( she is not the type to do too much chewing, she does grab stuff off the counter when we are not home and eat whatever it is thats up there, sometimes including the wrapper but hasnt done so recently.

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      Kennedy 5 years ago

      My 4 year old Boston started getting sick on Monday. She vomited about 10 times through the night. After inconclusive x-rays of her gi they sent her home with us. She ate that night but vomited ecerything up in the morning. Took her back to vet and she underwent exploratory surgery where they found mostly carpet in her stomach that started to trail down in her intestine. She was not doing well after surgery so they took her to the overnight clinic. They have had her since friday and we picked her up last night because the the vet thought she might finally eat after a good nights sleep.

      She lasted about 4 hours of unrestfull sleep while regurgitating digested blood every hour so we rushed her back in at 2am.

      They have tested for infection and there is none but she has been very lethargic and regurgitating every hour still for the past 16 hours... They may do another exploratory surgery tomorrow because they just can't figure out why she isn't improving. The surgery was Thursday afternoon and it's now Sunday afternoon.

      Any advice, thoughts, possible reasons? Is my best friend going to be ok?

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      Susan 5 years ago

      Update: I accidently gave my doxie a double dose of pain meds one night and the next day she had a HUGE poop! I guess it must have been her back giving her pain....she is wagging her tail and back to normal! Yea!

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      Susan 5 years ago

      I have a 12 yr. old miniature dachshund. She was trembling, panting and had a warm moist nose and not acting her normal self so I took her to the vet yesterday. Her temperature was normal. They took an X-ray and found her stomach was full of food and her intestinal tract had gas and feces in it. The vet thinks that her back is causing the pain which is making it painful for her to defecate. She is eating and drinking normally. When she poops it is a loose stool. She is on painkillers and steroids for her back. I do not know if she has a blockage because I cannot afford the barium tests. I don't know what to do. I am afraid that if she doesn't get better in the next couple of days, I will be forced to put her down.

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      Shin 5 years ago

      I can't find the bitter spray bottle cap and am suspecting that my 11mths old toy poodle has swallowed it. He ate his dinner last night but appetite was not great. He's still drinking lots of water and begging for treats. I'm hoping that he will pass it out soon or the cap will appear some how soon!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Kathy, happy all turned out well, thank you for rescuing!

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      Kathy 5 years ago

      Great News! Little Max is going well. He passed it, I think. The food in did not equal the food out, but it had changed to the new food he has been eating for 2 day, so unless it can make it around anything stuck in his intestines, he is good. I am amazed that he could eat that whole thing for a dog 5 times his size, and move it out. Thankfully he didn't get sick. I will never give him anything bigger than his size, even just to chew on it. He can chomp through anything quickly! Thank you, I was so worried, but he's an amazing rescue dog!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Kathy, you can try feeding some bread or mashed potatoes made with water instead of milk to help it pass, take him immediately to the vet though if he starts acting sick.

      Chtisten, good news there is no xyliytol! It is hard to say if it will pass uneventfully, If there is no vomiting or straining to defecate, your dog should be ok, have him seen if you notice any problems, best wishes!

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      Christen 5 years ago

      My dog recently ate a package of the cigarette bubble gum. I called the company and they do not use xylitol in their product, due to the somewhat large amount of gum, will this be able to be passed by my dog or could it become stuck, thus obstructing his bowel? He is a chocolate lab, 9 months old...he is drinking and eating food, but no sign of a bowel movement with gum...any thoughts?

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      Kathy 5 years ago

      My 6 pound toy poodle ate a full size Trader Joes Mint-A-Breath bones meant for a 50 lb dog! It is made with wheat gluten, looks like the old greenie formula! He gnawed on it for a day and barely scratched it, then today he ate it within 20 minutes,(about 10 hours ago) I didn't think he could because it was so hard. I am so scared right now that it will expand in his intestines over time and not digest like the other dogs! Does anyone know what I can do? He hasn't eaten since, but that's typical since he doesn't like hard dog food. I don't know if giving him chicken or soft food will impact him if the minty bone is in there expanding Help! Any experiecne or suggestions? He is drinking a little and can urinate. Help?

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      Catherine 5 years ago

      Thank you,

      Pug of Love and Alexadry so much for commenting and well, talking to me. I know we all feel the same about our friends and yes it is the most terrible pain I have felt in such a long time. I guess the hard thing is that Bronson was in perfect health, never any sickness throughout his life, no arthritis at all in his hips, he looked and still behaved like a five year old dog. Wrestling with our one year old dog everyday. Even the vet said she has never seen a Golden of his age so well and bouncy. Even the surgeon said his insides were perfect and no tumors ar any signs of ageing whatsoever.

      So yes to lose him in such a way has gutted us. I just felt even more uneasy and guilty that I could have done more for him but there was no evidence of a foreign object in his vomit. We put our trust in their doctors for thorough prompt treatment and I feel that the three day wait for another approach had cost him more damage that couldnt be rectified, and I will never ever let anyone tell me sit and wait again.

      He completely blocked up and never passed a thing so I guess it was pretty bad not even sloppy stools so I guess I have to tell myself that at least I did everything for him.

      My husband and I had Bronson within six months of our relationship and now we have been married for fourteen years this year. I am at home with them all day everyday and mostly take them with us when we can. We took him everywhere with us and I miss his Golden head looking out my back window, and him picking the kids up from school everyday. Anyway I thank you so much for talking to me you have no idea :) knowing that someone cares is great, I think people like us have a special gene, some people just dont get it!!!

      Hope that everyones puppy tummy problems turn out for the best. Miss you so much Bronson and thank you so much for all the good times.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Catherine, I am so sorry to hear about your story, it is just so terribly devastating to lose a friend of 13 years in such a way! I wish I could have helped in some way to ease your pain, but there are so many variables! The slipper may have caused damage as it passed and therefore nothing could have helped other than emergency surgery. Variables include if the slipper did damage as it passed, the state of health of your dog, the way the slipper lodged, the over all condition of the intestinal tract, and more. So it is hard to say if he could have been saved by a more prompt intervention by the vet. My deepest condolences.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Pug of Love thank you for the update.

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      Pug of Love 5 years ago

      Alexadry I called the vet on MOnday and she informed me that the dog probably passed it, but she uses pads and I've checked her stool, and did not see anything. The vet told me that she would not bother with anything further as long as she is acting fine, eating and moving bowels normally??? She told me to just let it go.

      Catherine...I am so sorry for your loss!

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      Catherine 5 years ago

      Oh, and we did not know until the ultrasound Bronson had eaten anything. He had not done this for such a long time but goes to show any dog can do this at any age.

      I saw the slippers as aperfect pair on the Saturday afternoon was out the Saturday night and was terribly sick in bed all day Sunday so I didnt see him and only the next night (Mon)he became ill & vomiting the vet couldnt see me til Tuesday evening at 4.30 pm. I am in so much pain and I am just trying to put this all together. There was absolutely nothing else wrong with him. Was it too late or could another more motivated lets do something now vet have made a difference or do you think the damage was done and I can rest that I did the best I could for Bronson. Thx so much I will never rest until I get some advice XX

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      Catherine 5 years ago

      Hi,

      My beautiful 13 y/o Golden ate a slipper leaving absolutely no evidence. Probably on the Sat night or Sunday. He did not become unwell until late Monday night. I had him at the vetson tuesday. They could not see a thing on X-ray and thought he had pancreatitis so treated him for that. He was still vomiting the next day on the thursday they suggested an ultrasound but it could not be done until lunch on the Friday. That is when they found an 11cm obstruction and operated straight away.

      As this was a linear obstruction (the slipper was knitted) it had reached down to his small intestine and caused major damage. Part of his gut had to be removed and some of it has already died. Bronson fought for two days post surgery and it was too much for him and passed away on the third night. He was trying so hard and at our last cuddle I told him I knew how much he loved us but if was too much for him it was ok to go, he died that night.

      I just cant help being angry that if he was ultrasounded sooner he might of been saved. And the damage would not have been so bad or would it have already been digested to far when we got there anyway??? How long does it take to get that bad??? The 2 day wait for the ultrasound would not have helped but they said it would have been the same operation.... PLEASE COULD SOMEONE HELP ME, I'm dying here wondering about it, and this has cost our family our closest friend well before his time.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Is she having regular bowel movements? If yes, and she is acting pretty fine, there are chances she may have a partial obstruction (unless she passed it without you being aware of it, I know it is disgusting, but have you examined the stools with a stick or gloves since the episode?)

      If yes and nothing was found, then she should perhaps have another x-ray to see where it is up to and assess the risks. My very best wishes!

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      Pug of Love 5 years ago

      I have a 7 month old pug and last sundya she swallowed a small ham bone , I immediately called an emergency vet and they suggested to induce vomitting with peroxide...tried that..didn't work. I did use syrup of ipecac..she brought up everything but the bone.

      She showed no signs of any problems, but I was concerned so I took her to the vet on Tuesday and had an x-ray...the bone showed in her small intestines, the vet suggested to wait it out and call her tomorrow morning..Monday , over a week later, and let her know how she was...she still has not passed it but she seems normal, eating, drinking, no sickness, vomitting, still very playful...not sure what else they will do?? Any ideas??? The vet said it was a very risky and expensive surgery and she really didn't to do it.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Worried, it is hard to say without knowing what she was diagnosed with, have they given you a diagnosis?

      Laura; fingers crossed, but he sure sounds like on his way to recovery, best wishes!

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      Laura 5 years ago

      my dog ate part of a small stuffed aniaml...he pooped out a button eye. He has blood in his stool and was throwing up. He has since showed some serious signs of impovement. Hes eating running jumping and drinking water...were still waiting for a bowel movement...keep your fingers crossed for me!!

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