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    Default Pup swallowed a sock....

    I basically walked into the room after leaving him alone for like a minute last night and he looked like was swallowing something. Looked around for what it could have been and I only had one sock left on the bed. He slept all night, had a regular stool this morning, ate all of his food and it has had no effect on his mood. However, he has thrown up three times today already. First one was at 5:30am and it was only a white substance (looked like just saliva). Next was half of his food form this morning at 10am, and then he puked the rest of his food up on the way home from the vet at 11am. I didn't get x-rays done because vet said it might not even show up. Going to be giving him small amounts of highly digestible food over the next couple of days along with small amounts of water to see if he can digest that much. If not, might be making a trip to get it surgically removed.

    Anyone else have a puppy do this? I looked around on the internet and said its pretty common for labs to either throw it up or just pass it over a week or so.

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    My pup ate one of my 3 year olds sock a few months ago.... I didn't even know he did it until he puked it up in front of me. Had I seen him do it I probably would of shoved a turkey baster full of hydrogen peroxide down his throat and let him work it out on the spot.
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    I've heard of a dog that swallowed things all the time. When he finally swallowed something that sent him to surgery they ended up pulling out 9 pairs of panties. Guess the dog had a panty fetish.

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    Really watch for bowel movements, if he doesn't have any, and continues to vomit, and/or stops eating, acts sick/lethargic, don't wait to get him to the vet. Bowel obstructions are not uncommon. Hopefully he passes it one way or the other without a problem. I've heard of people giving bread to help push it through, pushing fluids to hydrate, stuff like that. Hydrogen peroxide (the 3% solution only, not the hair dye stuff!) has to be given shortly after the ingestion, like within a couple of hours, for it to have a chance. Some things should not be induced to be vomited either, so really need to check with your vet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainmaker View Post
    Really watch for bowel movements, if he doesn't have any, and continues to vomit, and/or stops eating, acts sick/lethargic, don't wait to get him to the vet. Bowel obstructions are not uncommon. Hopefully he passes it one way or the other without a problem. I've heard of people giving bread to help push it through, pushing fluids to hydrate, stuff like that. Hydrogen peroxide (the 3% solution only, not the hair dye stuff!) has to be given shortly after the ingestion, like within a couple of hours, for it to have a chance. Some things should not be induced to be vomited either, so really need to check with your vet.
    I just took a dog to the vet this AM for an unrelated issue.

    I did so because he started showing some symptoms while I was on the phone with a dog friend. Our mutual agreement: When in doubt - go to the vet!

    I've had a couple bowel obstructions requiring surgery with dogs. In each case, the affected dog would not keep food (or water) down for long and the bowel movements were slight trickles or squirts, quickly turning into dry pushes with no results.

    My suggestion: Keep a close watch. Don't cut pup loose in a large yard where you can't monitor the bowel movement situation. Air pup on lead/rope if needed.

    Don't wait too long to go back to the vet to discuss x-ray and "going in"....

    For some reason, bowel obstructions seem to start on a Friday or Saturday, with the day that looks most critical on Sunday. (when most of our regular vets are on down hours, closed, or "emergency" status.)

    The cool part of that - if you do have a Sunday emergency and the vet needs to "go in", you may get to assist. Rosie's running around the kitchen right now. 6 months ago I got to see her spleen, her intestines, her stomach, and lots of other stuff. She had one large hackeysack thing in her stomach and some other crud stuck in her intestines. The vet was able to fish the intestine blockage upstream and pull it all out through one incision. The check I wrote for that experience was not small.

    Dogs....they'll swallow all sorts of weird stuff.

    Good luck! I wish you the best.

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    I just had surgerey on one of mine. Eating sticks and a tennise ball disapeared (that I didnt know we had).
    He threw up his food, but I was more concernd about the shreaded can next to them.
    His intestine was backed up and as big as a balloon in 2 spots.

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    Had a certain pup that did this quite a few times with socks and panties (wife never go the idea to actually pick her stuff up off the floor) didn't have to have any surgery. We kept a close eye on him but he did eventually pass everything that he ingested. We consulted back and forth with our vet and she recommended giving him some mineral oil to help lubricate everything coming out. If it does decide to come out the rear end be ready to get your hands a little dirty! Good luck. Hope all turns out well.
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    Take him in ASAP. Linear obtrusions can kill a dog once they get into the intestines. They get caught up in the intestines and cause them to ball up. If that happens, it can be too late.
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    Go to the vet! Friends writing to you on a BBS can't save your dog.

    The vomiting is a very good indicator of an obstuction and if it is, the longer you wait, the worse it will be. After a time, the sock may come unraveled and the peristolic action cause part to enter the intestine while part remains in the stomach. The thread between them will act like a garrot and saw right through the tissue.
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    I would not wait. The longer the pup can't hold down fluids, he will start to dehydrate, and the movement in the intestines will all but stop, and then the intestines start to die. You can loose a pup this way.
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