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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-29-2018, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Will not eat

Hey so today my pup had very little appetite, it was time for dinner and I was beginning to wonder what was up until he pooped out a piece of fabric from the underneath of our living room chairs. I inspected all 4 chairs and 2 were missing enough fabric (4inches total). What can I do to have him poop that all out? He pooped out .5in of fabric and very little poop.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-29-2018, 11:49 PM
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Others might come up with good suggestions, but my pup has eaten her share of fabric and always passed it with little difficulty. My girl did not, however, ever lose her appetite! Loss of appetite suggests a blockage, which means a quick trip to the Vet if it continues for more than one day, and quicker if she's not having regular bowel movements! Good Luck!

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I would be off to the vet immediately - I would be concerned of a blockage
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-30-2018, 12:57 AM
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If you're surr he ingested that much, and by tomorrow morning still not pooping or vomit it all out, trip to the vet is definitely in order.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-30-2018, 01:19 AM
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I just mentioned this in another thread. In a 20 minute span, my dog ate 2 feet of a 5 feet paracord leash. Because I caught it within an hour of him ingesting it, the emergency vet could induce vomiting. $215 for the visit and the drug. He threw up all 2 feet of it (the vet measured it out). If I waited longer than an hour it would've moved onto the duodenum and then the intestines. Then we're talking about thousands of dollars worth of surgery.

The 2nd time...yes, 2nd time....I came home to him eating his crate's foam mattress pad. Back to the emergency room for the same thing. Doctors said, don't take the chance of it clogging his intestines. If it clogged, they'd have to cut him open, take his intestines out, cut that open and get the pieces out, sew it tightly shut so that nothing seeps out of the cut possibly causing infection and death, and sew him back up.

My suggestion....surgery is a lot of money and not worth his life. Don't take that chance. If it just happened recently, go to your vet fast. If it's after an hour, call the vet and see what they say. My own primary care vet told me to wait and see if he'd poop it out the next day for the first incident. The emergency hospital said, if I did that, I would be looking at surgery. I'm glad I didn't listen to my primary care vet. Maybe I'm a little too careful, but 215 bucks is worth a peace of mind.
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