HELP MY DOBE HAS SWALLOWED A KONG!

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Hi All,

 

Please a little advice for a very concerned Dobe mum! My Dobe Mac who is 7 months last night swallowed my other dogs mini-Kong. No chewing just swallowed straight down. He is now in the vets after induced vomiting did not bring it up. The vet is going to open him up to try to remove the object.

Has any one else had to have object removed by operation from their Dobes? Does anyone know the longerterm complications of such an operation if there are any. And finally how do I stop him swallowing things!!!!!!!

 

A very worried and upset owner!!!

 

Jo

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OMG--praying for everything to work out for you and your dog.  My dobe chews on some of the oddest things and rips things apart, but, thank God, she doesnt swallow them, she spits them out.  I did have a friend once that had a chocolate lab pup about 6 months old that chewed and swallowed an entire 6 ft leather leash and she had to have it surgically removed.  Her pup had a few days recovery 'down time' but after that, he was bouncing all over the place again. Good luck to you on this, and please, let us know how the surgery went.  Awww, poor little guy.

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Cisco tries and has suceeding with swallowing toys- thankfully he has thrown them up- Though our mini king is MIA and I keep having nightmares that he did swallow it- but so far nothing seems wrong with him - just paranoia because of how is...

Good luck my thoughts and prayers are with you- I am sure he will be just fine!

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Prayers for you and Mac, keep us posted!!!

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Wow... How scary for you and Mac

Please let us know how he does.. Glad you have a vet close by, and took him in right away

Prayers and good strong Dober-Vibes!

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Oh poor you and poor pup, the big dope!  I'm sure you are very worried but you saw it happen and got him to the vet immediately before any internal damage (blockage etc.) started.  He'll be fine.  As Ziva's Dad said, he'll have some down time, and he'll probably have to wear a collar to keep him away from his sutures.  Remember during his recovery time that he's had major abdominal surgery and it'll be up to you to try and keep him calm.  Good luck, that will be the hard part!  Alot of vets now dispense pain medication after surgery which is great but, this is going to sound harsh, some pain will keep him quiet.  Just keep that in mind.        Side note here:

At the vet's that I worked at, we had a bloodhound come in several times a year for "rock removal".  The dang dog just wouldn't stop eating the garden rocks.  The owner would call and just say "he did it again" ...  We all hated it for him, for the owners and their pocketbook, but also for us because he was hands down the meanest dog that came in to the hospital and very difficult to deal with.  He weighed about 150 lbs.  Big dog with lots of teeth.  But he made it through many many surgeries!

Good luck and as everyone has said, please let us know how he's doing.  We're pulling for you!

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Happydance - I would have though after the second incident the owner would have removed the garden rocks. It would have been cheaper.

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Trust me, we all wondered the same thing.

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Just found my mini-Kong that my Westie has and tossed it right out.Really hoping all turns out well for you and Mac.Thank you for sharing this terrible situation so that others don't make the same mistake.

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Hi All!

 

Thank you for your kind support! I was crying all day yesterday I was so worried. Luckily we have him back now, a little quieter than normal and stiched up underneath. The vet said he had a lof of excess gas in his stomach when they opened him up so it is a good job I got him in there quickly. He is now dosed up to the eyeballs with meds and anitbiotics.. the pain killers I will give him today but see how active he is tomorrow as I think he thinks nothing has happened! He has to go back in for a post op check up on Thursday so will keep you all posted.


I am never buying mini kongs for any of my dogs again!! Oh and if anyone has some other ideas of Dobe indestructable/swollowable toys or chews then let me know!!!

 

Thanks again guys I really appreciate all your support

 

Jo & a sewn up Mac!

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Just saw this Post ...I have 2 things to say here ...first off Glad your dog seems to be recovering..thank god!!....and two,  for a Dobie...would not buy anything with the word "mini" in its name...Not even  mINI kONG...I HAVE THE BIG BLACK POWER CHEWER kong for Buddy, he can not damage that thing...Trust me He has tried....but Glad you have him back home and on road to recovery.

 

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I am so sorry that you had to go through this but at least the worst is over and your boy is going to be just fine.  The good that has come out of this is you have educated a lot of the members here.  I know that I had planned on getting a mini kong your our new arrival to keep him busy but now that I know the dangers I probably will pass or keep it in the crate only.  Take a deep breath its gonna be okay!

Oh yeah Athena is also a toy destroyer.  Fortunately she just chews them up and doesn't eat them.  We have found some good toys for her.  here are some of links to the toys....

 http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3207032  We have the large one and its almost too big for her mouth but she loves it and it has a really intense squeak

 http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3204750  She doesn't play with this one that much but she has never damaged it.  And it has a honk squeaker.

 http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3204745  We have bought this one but I have heard good things about it

 http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2751743  We have this too and we put cheerios in it, keeps her occupied for a while

 http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2750577  A friend of mine has a pit bull mix and this is the only thing she cannot destroy...Athena isn't really into plastic bones 

 http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3740504  This is a great toy, we have had it since we first got Athena and it is not damaged at all, they come in different materials so make sure you get the kind that is real durable almost like jean material

 http://www.kyjen.com/  This website is supposed to have some pretty durable toys...never ordered from them before but I have bought one of their toys at a petstore and it held up pretty good

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Oh no! I hope your Dobie is all better! Scary. Laith loves the small plush/stuffed toys (and we do too) because he can't rip them to pieces. But I watch him like a hawk! 

Never thought about a KONG!

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So glad all went well for you!

I had to get rid of many of the min pin's toys because of this.  I literallly pulled a rubber chicken (about7 inches long by about 1 1/2 inches wide) out of her mouth, heading down the hatch!  I hadn't see that toy in months and had forgotten about it.  Lord knows where she found it.  I had rearranged my livingroom and moved all the furniture, so I know it wasn't under a couch or something.  Sheesh!

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Jo & Mac, thank God all went well!! As we are awaiting Sophie, I sure am taking notes on all these experiences y'all have been through. I so hope y'all can get some much needed rest. God Bless!

Buddy great pic, you sure are handsome!!

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Thank you for letting us know about Mac.. Isn't it interesting how worried we get about each other's Doberkids!!! Good luck keeping the boy calm..  and as far as what to keep away from him, well here's just a short list ( and in fact, members.. keep it going)

socks

shoes

belts

slippers

cats

sofas

throw rugs

towels

BBQ equipment

car seats

 

..............to be continued..................

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..cell phones

 

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heating pads left under the bed....

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Regan swallowed a rawhide retriever roll...it was half the size as when new, but was still 9" long and maybe 2 1/2 " in diameter. I was watching him, too- looked away and BAM! It was gone! Swallowed it whole. Thank goodness, as I was getting dressed to take him to the emergency clinic, he brought the whole thing back up- in one piece. he turned around, went into his crate,and went right to sleep.  How the heck can they swallow this stuff?

NO MORE rawhides- period. Very scary stuff.

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cisco has swallowed the stuffingless raccoon, not once but twice whole not even chewed up i would say it was at least 6-8" long... thankfully barfed it up both times- then this weekend he tried to scarf down the longer bigger fox version which is at least 15" long - had at least half of it down his throat when i noticed what he was doing...

He also likes bottle caps, ipods, lighters, rocks, my engagement ring has been in his mouth at least 2 dozen times...

soap (yes bars of soap) tweezers, ponytail holders, hair clips, (he does alot of counter surfing for new goodies)

I havent seen our mini king since about a week after we got Raven, I am thinking it was in her crate when she was having the poop issues and got tossed out with one of the blankets/beds... but since you posted this I have been having the nightmare he did swallow it...

I would think that 3 weeks in, if he had swallowed it there would be some issue by now...

Glad mac is on the mend!

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Other items to protect -

TV remotes..

Pens (Princess has a fetish for chewing up pens and I go ballistic because of the small parts)

Watch squeaking toys for the squeakers.

Princess and Red both chew up chunks of their pads, only to have them reappear in the back yard after a good rainfall. Eeeeuuuuwww.

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from rgreen:

Other items to protect -

TV remotes..

OMG---how could I forget the remote??? I lost two of them to Ziva's teething.  One was almost impossible to replace because it had buttons for special features on my tv that generic universal remotes wouldn't activate.  Oh my, yes---HIDE THE REMOTE!

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Oh and LAPTOPS!!!  My old laptop has a few keys missing and some lovely fashionable teeth scars on it....

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This is so scary, I guess all we can do is to try and find humor in it.

I get so mad at my husband, he leaves the remote on the bed and the closet door open almost every morning---"are you f...... kidding me???!!!!! It's like giving her a smorgasbord!"  When she chews up his $200 boots,  .....   LOL

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Buddy vs the super kong!!
 
 
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Buddy vs the super kong!!
 
 
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Buddy vs the super kong!!
 
 
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Laith is afraid of Pencils and Pens. He doesn't understand their purpose in the world. Pretty funny stuff.

What Laith does love:

carpet

blinds

air freshener plug-ins

books

toes

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Oh and very true (post above): Laith will swallow a rawhide once he unrolls it. A big chunk of it. I have to literally pull it out of his throat. Sneaky fella. 

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@Cisco....engagement ring!!!!  That would be an expensive accident.  I might just kill Athena if she chewed on mine!

Athena also like pens...I always worry its going to explode all over my house

Socks 

Panties

Gloves

Hats

Bluetooth earpiece

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oh yes the panties as well

I may not kill him but the hubby would!!!!

Pens too- it is basically anything they shouldnt have lol!

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Gosh well it looks like a lot of people are having Dobe's swallowing things not just me!

 

They did not find the kong in his stomach or intestine.. he has a very large scar.. still being sick a few days later. He has just come back from another vets practised after I insisted on a second opinion convinced that he had swallowed it. One xray later and the kong was wedged in his esophogus!!!! A lot of things learnt:

1) trust your gut instincts (excuse the pun)

2) insist on xrays before ops when you dog has swallowed something even if the vets say they are not neccessary.

3) If you are not satisfied with the conclusions seek a second opinion straight away!!


This would have been fatal if left much longer. I just watched the operation and they pulled the kong back up his throat with a peice of electrical wire which they had managed to hook onto the kong. He needen't have been cut open. Thank god for some decent vets... I have one very happy and ALIVE dobey baby back!!!!

 

Mac (with a sore throat now!!) and Jo xxx

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Wow, Mac certainly is a lucky dog to have someone like you looking out for him.  In his esophogus? Unbelievable.

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Jo I AM SO SORRY!!!!

I can't believe that.  I really can't.  But you're right, xrays to confirm in this case would've been very helpful period.

Thank goodness you were aggressive enough to seek a second opinion...

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Jo, God love you both!! What an ordeal, bless your hearts! I'm so thankful for our Vet, he's great and listens, takes loads of time with us. I'm so sorry that this happened to Mac, just glad that you were persistant, you're a great Mom!!

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Eat plenty of doggie ice cream Mac & feel better soon!

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Wow,  it would take a lot for me not to go back to that original Vet and chew him a new one!  possibly a few times over!  who does surgery without an x-ray? 

 

glad to hear you got him the help he very much needed and that he's fine.....I had to go through the house and get rid of all the cat's toys when we brought Rocky home....he dosen't swallow things usually, just chews them up..Glad to here he's well again..

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Wasn't it Kratos who ate the walls? He munched the drywall as far up as he could reach..

So glad Mac is going to be okay.. Come on Jo_Sie70.. let's see a picture of your guy.

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All toys should be checked for condition every once and a while.I have an extra large, black, ultra kong that my last boy,Jake, chewed in half.As most of you know,it's divided into three sections and he chewed the small section right off.I saved it because I didn't think it was possible at the time.Even the indestructible toys can be destroyed by a determined Doberman.I used to watch that toy look like a piece of gum in his mouth when he would squeeze it flat.

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Red, when younger used to destroy a large black rubber Kong (4.5") in about three months. His first Kong was a large red one and it only lasted one month. He carried a Kong with him all the time, and would not go into his crate at night without it. When he was boarded and I would pick him up, I would have to make sure I picked that up as well. I got to the point that I always had a spare in the pantry.

Once he got past six, that started to change as he was no longer destroying them (the current one is about two years old) and he did not chew on them constantly either. Of course he had a new playmate to keep him occupied (Princess) and tended to bug him all the time.

I thought she would like them and go her a very small pink puppy Kong, and it has a few teeth marks, but she prefers the softer toys that squeak. Fortunately, Red was never interested in her puppy Kong and never swallowed it.

I may have to get his big one and put it up on the desk with hers. It has been such a part of his life, I would like to keep one after the bridge.