My dobie ate a ballon! What now!

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My eight year old son comes home from a birthday party, Eggar to get into his goodie bag but waits till after his dinner. My son sits on the couch, with Kayos right beside him, poking his nose against the bag as if to say "what ya got in there buddie?" Mason pull out this green balloon, presses it to his lips and starts filling it with hot air. Kayos steps back as it fills up, then jumps around with excitement like a little kid waiting for a toy. Mason stands up tall on the couch holding this fully filled balloon up. Kayos lays down in this pray watching pose. Just as I looked up and said " don't let the dog have the balloon". Mason let it go and Kayos leaped in to action.It was air born, hissing, swirling around the open living room. I sprang to my feet as did everyone chasing this green rubber balloon around, behind the dog.

With in seconds he leaped up snatched it right out of the air, we could here it hissing as he chopped on it. I felt pains of fear run through me as I ran to pull it out of his dober jaws. I kept thinking " please don't choke on it as i scrammed drop it... drop it." but to my horror he didn't drop it, he didn't choke on it. When I reached him and pried open his enormous jaws, there was no sign of it just a smell of rubber balloon and dog breath.

Now what!

He seems fine. Do I just hope it find it's way out or run for the vet. right now we are waiting.

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Oh my goodness the things these dobes get into.

I had a chihuahua some years back who swallowed a piece of a rubber glove. I called the vet and I remember they told me to watch her carefully for any changes in mood (i.e. if they start to act loopy) and I had to check her poo (not the most awesome job!). If she didnt pass it (i cant remember the amount of time but it was either 24-48 hours), I had to take her in to be checked and possible x-rays to make sure it wasnt stuck somewhere.

She passed it the next day, but all cases are different. I would say watch the your boy carefully and check the poo; but if you are a worry worm like me, I would call his vet and just ask.

Good luck! Karma eats sticks and has even eaten small rocks just because she loves to eat and if it fits in her mouth: its fair game! I feel your worry. Hang in there.

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I am inclined to go with my3 on this one.  Shelbi pulled one of my earrings out and swallowed it, it was one with the cross bar latch.  My vet said the same thing.  I found it the next day and it really is not a nice job, but the things we do for our dogs.

Jeri

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I wouldn't worry too much yet. My dogs and cat have eaten worse and passed them just fine. (No matter how closely I watch them they manage to sneak something down every once in a while!) Just watch for it at the other end to make sure it makes it all the way through. Also, keep an eye on Kayos to make sure he's not lethargic or vomiting. Those are two signs that something is stuck. If you call the vet, I'm sure they'll have other signs to watch for too. I'm guessing you'll see it again out the other end in a day or two. Good luck!

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And in the future, give 15 cc of regular store-bought 2% hydrogen peroxide, if it's something soft that will come up easily. (NOT chicken bones.)

Take dog outside. (Ask me how I know this. LOL!)

If no vomiting in 15 minutes, repeat.

It WILL come up. But you'll have to search through the foam to find it. (Ask me how I know that too.)

LOL!

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Kim,

That made for a great snorting laugh on my end.  I have search the poo but not the vomit.

HEHE - I am sure that my day will come.

Jeri

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Here I was, ready to give Gabe another dose of peroxide, 'cause I didn't see the 8" of cloth toy he'd swallowed to keep Libby from getting it. I'm sure he was happy I stopped long enough to search through the foam. Yep. There it was. BLECH.

Oh, the look on their faces is just soooo sad. (And funny at the same time.)

"Mama??? I don't feel so good.......URP!"

And if you think they only throw up once, guess again. They may do it a few times. You want to keep them outside for 15-20 minutes AFTER they have thrown up.

I should add, too - do NOT give peroxide if your dog has ingested a poison. That would be a scenario you would want to call an emergency clinic or poison hotline. Some stuff you don't want coming back up - you want to neutralize it instead. And sometimes, you just need to grab the dog and head to Emergency. (Which is a good reason to know ahead of time where you're going to go!)

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I think we've all become consummate poo watchers..

Just out of habit??

Maybe...

Deranged???..

possibly..

Doberparents? 

Naturally!!

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My friend's Basset hound ate a sock whole and it took an entire week to reappear.  In the middle of the night.  In bed (my friend's bed, not the dog's).  Back the way it went in.  Isn't it nice to know us Doberparents aren't alone?

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If i remember correctly Dobies will eat most anythng.. I found a brillow pad that Angel

pooped out.. also one day i saw a white long thing coming out of her butt.. i thought

she had a tapeworm haha.. it was a bra strap..

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My favorite was the box of crayons...we had dober-confetti! My vet has me follow peroxide with 2 tablespoons of kayopectate. Oooh, check the spelling on that. Let us know how you make out with the balloon. Good luck
Chris

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My favorite was the box of crayons...we had dober-confetti! My vet has me follow peroxide with 2 tablespoons of kayopectate. Oooh, check the spelling on that. Let us know how you make out with the balloon. Good luck
Chris

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My favorite was the box of crayons...we had dober-confetti! My vet has me follow peroxide with 2 tablespoons of kayopectate. Oooh, check the spelling on that. Let us know how you make out with the balloon. Good luck
Chris

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Shelbi snatched a banana peel once.  No one bothered to mention it to me and the next day she was in the yard in the poop position froze looking at me like she wanted a rock to hide under. I went to check on her and guess what I got the pleasure of removing.  Banana peels do not digest they come right on through whole.  That was fun, my husband still laughs at me having to remove it.

Jeri

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It eases me to hear all the stories...and I do think all will be well with your pup. I have been sooo stressed with Karma since we got her! She LOVES LOVES LOVES paper! Tissue, napkins, construction paper, but her fave is reciepts. We try to catch her but she is a sneeky little thing! I usually find out when I am out with the pooper scooper in my yard and see the end result.

Quick funny story since we are on the subject: I was prepping lunch and the dogs were napping in their room aka my computer room. Or so i thought. I happen to walk over to check on them and didnt see Karma. So I walked back to the kitchen (which is always gated so she wont get into the trash) and heard noise from the bathroom. There she was, sitting on the floor looking up at me ever so serious like she had not a care in the world. And what was around her? little bitty pieces of toilet paper...it looked like it had snowed in my bathroom. Now, I would have thought she just ripped it had it not been for the piece of tissue hanging out of her mouth. So i said "mine!" wich means drop it ( for some reason "drop it" doesnt work with her). she didnt budge. She just sat there looking dead at me with this deer in headlights look as if she was saying "man...she knows"! I tell ya, I dont know what to say about Miss Sassy Pants!

ps..i have laughed so much at these stories but the "poopfetti"? man i almost fell out of my chair! HEHEHEHEHE

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HA, HA!!!  These are so funny.  I did not know that banana peels come out whole!    :)

"I'm a poop watcher; I'm a poop watcher..." 

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Okay.. I'll see your tissue, your receipts and banana peels and raise you one lonooooonnnggggg string of grass.

You haven't lived til you've  "helped" releive a loooonnnnngggggg string of grass.

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Hee, hee!  LK, I have the royal flush of all hands - except it is too nasty to even share.  Wild horses could not drag it out of me, that's how "eeewwwwwww!!!!" it is. 

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Oh, the grass! Lincoln somehow managed to get the looooong grass (and accompanying poo) wrapped around his little nub. I still have no idea how he managed it, but there it was. That was one the hubby got to help him with!

And WNCDobes, I've witnessed the eating a sock experience first hand. And it does NOT come out the other end. Back up the way it went in. I came home from work and found a sick dog. We were about to head out the door for the vet, when up came the sock. Still whole! I had no idea she had eaten it until there it was. Of course then Shelby was all happy and wiggly and jumping around because she felt so much better! Oh, the things they get into despite our best efforts to keep them out of trouble!

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The loooog piece of grass reminds me of a loooog strand of hair.  I found Ember running in circles like crazy!  I could see there was a piece of....um..."poo"  hanging from the other end of the loooog strand of hair.  She probably thought something was chasing her,  funny how something so thin could get "stuck".   GROSS!  It is was hilarious,  she was running so much it took me a while to get her to stop just take care of it.  When I was finished,  she looked quite sheepish, as if to say.."is that all it was?"

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Lady Kate...I will fold to your grass story!!

I have had to pull grass out of karma's mouth as she loves to eat the long wild grass that grows on our fence line. She was gagging on one and I had to take what I thought was alittle piece hanging out her mouth..wrong! i pulled what seemed to be a never ending strand of wild grass...and she ran right back out to the fence and started eating again.

I so enjoy reading all these stories and knowing I am not alone!! HAHA!

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In self defense I keep a roll of paper towels by the back door. Red (RIP) was the worst - one day he was trying to get something hanging out back, so I grabbed a few paper towels and went out to assist. It was fairly large and cloth, and took me a few seconds to identify it - one of my black socks. Pulling steadily but gently, I managed to get it out and he was one happy dog.

A good friend had a vacant house next door and it had very tall (2+ feet) grass in the back and had attracted mice, so he wanted to cut it, but his mower wouldn't do it so he called me and I took the tractor and bush hog over. I mowed it with the tractor and then he would come along afterwards with his mower to get a finished cut on it. By the gate up close to his house was a circular area about 15' across with all these puffs of white in it. He and I were talking and he mentioned that he couldn't figure out what that was. I laughed and said "You really aren't a dog person are you?" He admitted that he was not around dogs much (although he pets and enjoys being with mine when over here). His wife has cats.

Seems the last occupant had a Pit Bull and tied him outside periodically to do his thing for he would jump the fence (4') if not chained. (He was inside most of the time). I explained to my friend that it was the remains of the dog's bed. I then had to explain how it was all these little puffs were out there, so I explained how that was the stuffing and it was indigestible. He had the funniest look on his face when I finished.

One night last week Princess was not acting right and wanted outside to eat grass. I knew that was trouble. A little later she gave up some material surrounded by grass. I cleaned it up, looked and looked at it but could not identify it. She kept it up, so after a while washing it off in the sink, I came up with pieces of toweling. The process continued several hours into the wee hours of the morning and finally she gave up a very large chunk. I thought she had gotten a piece of the towels in Jakes crate but the pattern of the weave did not match. I tried giving he some hydrogen peroxide, but apparently she was now empty for it had no effect. I was relieved later the next day when she passed some grass, for that meant no blockage. Once she passed that last large chunk, she want to play (at 3AM).

Jake tears up his towels, but thankfully does not eat them. After a week the two pristine towels he started with look like a tangle of yarn.

Crazy Dogs.

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I was lucky with Chevy, she never ate anything weird or chewed on lots of stuff she wasnt supposed to, EXCEPT one time she ate one of my brand new thongs! I hadnt even gotten to wear them yet! I was in the shower and she was in the bathroom with me. I came out and my underwear was gone! I kept thinking to myself that maybe I forgot to bring them in because Chevy had never done anything like that before. She was 8 1/2 years old so I figured she was out of that stage! This was just a few weeks before she passed. Anyways, 2 days later she started throwing up and, surprise!, out comes my underwear!

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p.s.- I caught the new cocker baby trying to eat cat poop today...

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Cuddle bug,  dont you know kitty poo is a delecety (sp wrong)  anyway all dogs love kitty rocha lol.. My dobie Angel did.. I think i told this story someplace she ate part of my bra and i saw this long thing out her butt and  thought it was a tape worm.. and that brillow pad came out just fine.. bet that cleaned her out ouch..

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Bet

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There is just something about cat poop!  I literally have to drag Ellie away from it!

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In doggy language.....

Cat poop?  Tootsie rolls!

Rabbit poop? Cocoa Puffs!

Horse poop?  Tasty muffins!

Cow poop?  Mud pack beauty treatment!

Road kill?  Perfume!

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LOL, yeah Chevy used to love those little Baby Ruth bars in the kitty litter. The litter pieces were like sprinkles I guess.

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Thank you all for the laughs.. i have been looking at too many rescue dobies and got too sad reading how some came to rescue.  I had to stop looking.. I do think I will look for a girl dobie that is older my brain said she wil die sooner but then I thought well I will get another old gal lol.. I am 71 and dont need a wild child as much as i love them.. so I will look for one around 7 to 9 maybe.

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Oh bless you for wanting to go with an older female rescue!!! I just know you will find the right dog and you will be so happy.....and so will she, they seem to know that they are being rescued......

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Talisin

thank you for the kind words.. today was a day with the forum I needed a distraction and what a nice one it was.. I laughed a lot and told stories too..  Through all the poop talk too.. what a great group.  I had to take a look at myself and old gal and wanting a dobie about 2 or 4..    something the lady said at a rescue I started to think about the old gals.. So I called Mike my husband, he is working in North Dakota,  I said I think I will get an older dobie.. he said ok up to me.. He loved our dobies but he loved all our dog.. a big gruff looking truck driver walking my poodle.. he loved them too.  loved our cats.  I said do you know how far Red Bluff was and he said about and hour and half from where we will be.. I said ok that is where we are going when we move.. he said ok.. 

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Just like you said we found the balloon! Bright green and stuffed with orange well fiber poo. I loved all the poopy stories. My Doberboy is keeping us busy.

 

Thanks