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Old 09-05-2010, 04:41 PM
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Ate a Wooly Bear Caterpillar

Hi there,

I thought this would be the perfect forum to ask advice on this. My 2 year old male ate a fuzzy Wooly bear caterpillar a few hours ago. He immediately tried to hack it back up, the only thing that I have ever seen him want to get out of his mouth once it went in! I am a little worried about him because he has tried to throw up a few times now ( just gagging, not coughing). A quick google let me know that these are not poisonous, but the barbs from the fuzzy "fur" may stick into membranes. Should I give him Pepto Bismol?? One person suggested that to another query on another site.

Unfortunately this is a Sunday of a long week-end here, and there is no-one at my vets office to call for advice.

Please let me know if you have any thoughts on this!

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Old 09-05-2010, 04:48 PM
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My Bridge Boy Sam did the same, years ago, without complications.
I THINK Ranger will be fine.

I's kinda funny how you introduced this Thread...as if we don't ALL know Ranger.

Oops to me...we now have 2 Rangers...sorry.

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Welcome to the board!

You could feed him a couple slices of bread, that should move things down his throat if there is any fuzzy fur pieces lurking.

Would love to see pictures of your boy!
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Yummy!! I have hear that the wooly bear caterpillar will indicate what kind of winter we might have. How fuzzy was this caterpillar? Maybe Ranger didn't want you to know something. :-) I bet Ranger will be fine if this caterpillar was not poisonous...I would try to throw up if I ate a fuzz bug too.
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I would check with your vet first but when Daisy got into some burrs and had a terrible time getting the stickers out of her throat, I gave her a Tums and some honey. The Tums coats the throat, as does the honey. It did just take some time for the stickers to work their way out but the coatings were soothing in the meantime.

Eating grass seems to help too, that's what Daisy wanted to do most ... so I let her At least when she was eating grass, she wasn't hacking.
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Hello Ranger's Mom from...another Ranger's mom!!

Is there an emergency vet clinic you can call to get advice? I'd be worried about the prickly parts getting stuck in his esophagus/digestive tract. Does he seem to be worried or distressed at all?

It must be the name...I can see my Ranger doing the exact same thing...

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Thanks very much for all of the thoughtful replies. His hacking has stopped for the time being, and he is definitely still his usual goofy self. He just had his dinner, had a nap and then awoke acting like he would like to be sick (slight retching). When I took him outside he just wanted to play! I have never seen him ill before and am not quite sure what to do for him.

I am grateful for a forum to ask advice. I am sure that I will come back often. Ranger became part of our family last November, at the age of 22 months. He is a lovely boy whose breeder did not want to show him further. We are a larger family (3 young boys) and after much deliberation decided that a puppy was not for us right now. It is a match made in heaven, he is just a joy.

Someone asked for a pic ~ gladly

Thanks again,

Pam
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He's gorgeous!!! I'll bet he's happy in a home with 3 boys!
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Count me guilty too, I was thinking of our Ranger in the black suit.

Welcome and I have to say I giggled when I read the title - yuk!! It does sound like something Ranger B would do.

I hope he feels better, I would give him white bread it should help pass the wooly bear through. Too bad you didn't get a look at the stripe (just curious about the coming winter). He is a handsome boy.
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