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JMCrowley 12-12-2013 07:43 PM

Possible blockage - freaking out
 
My girl is 1 year old today!! Today she had squirting diarrhea at the dog park and wouldn't touch her dinner tonight. About a half hour ago she threw up what looked like all her kibble from this morning along with what I think was the pig ear she had. I'm freaking out because she should not have all that undigested food in her stomach from 8:00 this morning...really worried about a blockage. She's not the kind to eat anything that's not edible, but since it's her birthday I have been giving her lots of "special" treats, raw hide two nights ago, bully stick last night, sweet potato rope (only about a 1/3 of it last night), and a pig ear today. I think she threw up last time she had a pig ear...but that doesn't explain all the undigested food. Other than that she was acting normal, cashed out on her chair right now, but I can't say if she's just tired or "listless". I'm so nervous I feel sick (I tend to overreact in general). And to top things off I am broke! I know that can be an expensive situation. I'm gonna take her tomorrow if she doesn't eat or poop, or if she throws up again. If this is a blockage I'm gonna feel so guilty!!!!!! She seemed to have an iron stomach before today. Anybody else have experience with a dog vomiting undigested food 9 hours later??????

Nigel 12-12-2013 07:54 PM

Hope its not a blockage, but if you think it is, best to get her looked at. With all the "special " treats could be a blockage, but also could be an upset stomach too, the vet will give you "peace of mind". I've had them puke up breakfast fed at 7-8am later in the afternoon and it still resembled soggy kibble.

onyx'girl 12-12-2013 07:59 PM

Hate rawhides!! They do sometimes cause digestive issues, especially when a dog isn't use to getting them, and ingests more than they should at one time. While you are waiting this out, I'd not feed at all....give a limited amount of water(3-4 oz at a time) and let the gut rest.
I hope she poops and clears herself out by morning. That is alot of variety of treats, it may just be too much for her digestive tract to deal with all at once.

JMCrowley 12-12-2013 08:00 PM

Thanks for your quick response, I'm hoping for an upset stomach....we're gonna take it easy on the "special" treats from now on, lesson learned! Keeping my fingers crossed....

onyx'girl 12-12-2013 08:13 PM

Oh, and Happy 1st Birthday to your pup, even though her partying took its toll.

carmspack 12-12-2013 09:21 PM

I would take her to the vet and have an x ray of her gut done.

Please no more rawhide and no pigs ears.

Personal experience , one of my dogs (sire and dam) but bred by a friend, in top competition , many times high in trial at big well attended shows --- of course owner gives the dog pigs ears. Starts doing what you describe in your dog . Finally when the owner takes the dog to the breeders vet , x ray is done, surgery on the spot . Blockage confirmed but with so much of he intestine dead (necrotic tissue) , there was no way to change the outcome and it was decided to humanely end it right there while the dog was already anaesthetized . The pigs ear had saponified , a big slimy mess . Not the first time this vet had experienced this , nor the first time the manufacturer had experienced notification of this problem . They were very very anxious to pay for the surgery, expenses, replace the dog .
Those pigs ears are laminated , treated with chemicals , formaldehyde if memory serves me right , and if imported from China who knows what else , lead? arsenic?

Not to alarm you but for your own peace of mind have the dog thoroughly checked out .
Last year I did an experiment which I was going to post on the forum but can't download and put up pictures.
Some of you may recall this challenge.
I bought some rolled up rawhide strips from the local Dollar store . Bought a 2 litre container of Coke . Inserted the rawhide strip and kept it there for a month . I would look through the clear Coke container into the sunlight , without opening it , to see if the rawhide was dissolving. At the end we couldn't get it out , the whole thing was one swollen foul slimy mess .

Take your dog for a jog as a treat .
Vet visit first -- I think this is so important .

GatorBytes 12-12-2013 09:45 PM

Here are a number of things coke will do:

To prove Coke does not belong in the human body, here are 20 practical ways you can use Coke as a domestic cleaner:
  • Removes grease stains from clothing and fabric
  • Removes rust; methods include using fabric dipped in Coke, a sponge or even aluminum foil.
  • Also loosens rusty bolts
  • Removes blood stains from clothing and fabric.
  • Cleans oil stains from a garage floor; let the stain soak, hose off.
  • Kills slugs and snails; the acids kills them.
  • Cleans burnt pans; let the pan soak in the Coke, then rinse.
  • Descales a kettle (same method as with burnt pans)
  • Cleans car battery terminals by pouring a small amount of Coke over each one.
  • Cleans your engine; Coke distributors have been using this technique for decades.
  • Makes pennies shine; soaking old pennies in Coke will remove the tarnish.
  • Cleans tile grout; pour onto kitchen floor, leave for a few minutes, wipe up.
  • Dissolves a tooth; Use a sealed container…takes a while but it does work.
  • Removes gum from hair; dip into a small bowl of Coke, leave a few minutes. Gum will wipe off.
  • Removes stains from vitreous china.
  • Got a dirty pool? Adding two 2-liter bottles of Coke clears up rust.
  • You can remove (or fade) dye from hair by pouring diet Coke over it. Remove marker stains from carpet.
  • Applying Coke, scrubbing and then clean with soapy water will remove marker stains.
  • Cleans a toilet; pour around bowl, leave for a while, flush clean.
  • Coke and aluminum foil will bring Chrome to a high shine.
  • Strips paint off metal furniture. Soak a towel in Coke and lay it on the paint surface
But it won't dissolve a Rawhide. Now that is something to think about.

Harry and Lola 12-12-2013 09:57 PM

Stay away from rawhide regardless of where it is made but especially if made in China. Once the dog chews and swallows, it swells up and can cause blockage - is terrible stuff. Also rawhide is generally leather that is thrown away and they bleach it and do all sorts of things to it to make it look like it does as the final product.

With vomiting foods, some foods like kibble and bone can take up to 12 hours to digest. If she is still not feeling better I would take her to the vet for an examination.

Bear L 12-12-2013 10:00 PM

How scary!

I just bought a bag of pig ears from Costco. It's made from Germany and the ingredient says just "dried pig ears." Are these ok?

jocoyn 12-12-2013 10:04 PM

Well a more fair test would be muriatic acid (hydrochloric acid which is the same acid in the stomach) which may react differently with the rawhide than the phosphoric acid in coke since it is stronger acid.

Different acids also react very differently. I use to have fun with students in chemistry with pennies. Even strong hyrdrochloric acid won't dissolve a penny unless it is nicked and then it will eat out the zinc interior {pennies after the 80s are not pure copper} and leave a copper foil shell ......But nitric acid will dissolve the whole penny and rather explosively when it gets through the copper and hits the zinc.

So anyway.....but yes.......rawhides are notorious at causing blockages. You may want to call the emergency vet clinic now for advice on when to come in if need be. If you don't have the money there is care credit so you may want to go ahead and look into that in advance.

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