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    Lucy, who has raised counter surfing to an art form, managed to get two bacon wrapped scallops off of a pan. They were secured by toothpicks. She ate them, toothpicks and all.

    No sense in x-rays as the toothpicks would be opaque. What symptoms do we need to watch for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Johnson View Post
    Lucy, who has raised counter surfing to an art form, managed to get two bacon wrapped scallops off of a pan. They were secured by toothpicks. She ate them, toothpicks and all.

    No sense in x-rays as the toothpicks would be opaque. What symptoms do we need to watch for?

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    typical bowel obstruction ie: inability to poop, throwing up, and watch for blood in stool.

    One of my vets told me a trick... if they swallow sharp objects ie: even metal shards, feed them canned or frozen spinach... it wraps around the object, and helps it pass through. I haven't tried this rememdy yet, but one of her clients worked in a metal shop, and the dog ingested small metal particles.... the spinach helped clean the dog out ...

    worth a try, I guess..
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    Chances are good she gave the toothpicks a thorough crunching....but the spinach can't hurt anything, assuming you have some around.

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    I was thinking about the same as Keith.

    As many sticks as my dogs have rendered into toothpicks, I'd think the chances of a crunched toothpick doing anything bad to a lab's digestive system is fairly remote.

    Spinach couldn't hurt anything and the dog would probably say, "Thanks."
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    My vet has recommended feeding canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) for the same reason as stated above, but I have not heard to feed spinach before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pupaloo View Post
    My vet has recommended feeding canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) for the same reason as stated above, but I have not heard to feed spinach before.
    I always did pumpkin with a broken up slice of bread to clean out a foreign object ie: chewed up toy...... the spinach is for sharps.... I just learned this recently...
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    I have also heard that spinach is the way to go for sharp objects, such as after a raid of the garbage can to eat chicken bones, etc.

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    Good to know. I've given the Italian Prison diet for ingesting rocks as advised by my vet. Bread and olive oil.
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    We don't keep spinach around. I'm on Coumadin. We'll get some tomorrow but meanwhile...bread.

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    This is really interesting. But how do you get the dog to eat spinach? Soak it in bacon fat?

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