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Help--Possible Obstruction

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I'm literally so stressed right now I hope I find some comfort and advice on the forum. Leo yesterday was having diarrhea and had several accidents. He also threw up what looked like part of one of our carpets and something that looked like a rubber ball piece. Since then, he has thrown up 2 times and still has diarrhea. It seems every time he poops he gets a bit better. I have been feeding him rice and broth and he shows no signs of discomfort or pain. I called the vet and they said to give it another two days. I am absolutely terrified that he might need surgery but he just hasnt seem to have any symptoms other than diarrhea. THe content seems soft so I dont know if it is something he can just pass through. I have no idea what he might have gotten into we dont leave anything laying around or chewed up toys or anything.

I simply just cannot afford a $7,000 vet bill and I am kicking myself for canceling his pet insurance but I was paying $100 a month and they didnt cover anything when he would get hot spots or ear infections which I have spent $1000+ over the past year because its "pre existing"

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Ugh!! I feel so bad for you. If I'm honest it's a Friday afternoon and if it was me I would just make the trip to the vet and spend the money for a check up before I continued to worry all weekend. Does Leo have any toys made from rope? Has he eaten a chunk from a nylabone or something?

The rope question is because I have a good friend that's dog had surgery last summer for an obstruction from a rope toy. I also know someone who's dog had surgery from a large piece of nylabone causing an obstruction.

If it turns out to not be an obstruction I would suggest a couple days of PPP EN Gastro food to give his stomach a rest. We used it this summer when my sons lab puppy had a week long bought of diarrhea. It worked so much better then my typical chicken and rice. Our vet is also her breeder and gave us samples.

Have you changed his food recently? Or anything else?

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No i deffinitely think its something he chewed up since there are pieces of something in his poop. he has passed most of it but has diarrhea I'm going to give the vet a call again and see what they say.

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Ugh!! I feel so bad for you. If I'm honest it's a Friday afternoon and if it was me I would just make the trip to the vet and spend the money for a check up before I continued to worry all weekend. Does Leo have any toys made from rope? Has he eaten a chunk from a nylabone or something?

The rope question is because I have a good friend that's dog had surgery last summer for an obstruction from a rope toy. I also know someone who's dog had surgery from a large piece of nylabone causing an obstruction.

If it turns out to not be an obstruction I would suggest a couple days of PPP EN Gastro food to give his stomach a rest. We used it this summer when my sons lab puppy had a week long bought of diarrhea. It worked so much better then my typical chicken and rice. Our vet is also her breeder and gave us samples.

Have you changed his food recently? Or anything else?
Obstructions are nightmares. I too know a nylabone surgery and omg the worst thing is a string or some other linear thing. My daughter cut a puppy the other day who had a string @ base of tongue all the way down through his lower GI- he had to be PTS on the table, as the linear quality had cut through the intestines (I think she said) 16 places and necrotic. That's the worst one I have heard of and she tells me of all the obstructions because she knows our dogs eat everything like fools. No string toys, ever! This coming from a woman who put every single dog in the van on Easter Sunday for radiographs because who knows who ate a cord and I never found the plug part.
While your boy might just have a bug, the carpet pieces worry me more than the rubber toy pieces. Is ANY of it coming out w his stool, or just in his vomit?
It's Friday. Unless your vet's open on Sat AM, today would be a better day but you'd be looking @ a minimum of a couple views radiograph and maybe an U/S and bloodwork. I like the idea of the bland food- if you don't have a can or two of GI food, just rice w a little chicken broth (real chicken, not salty broth) might help.

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Yes some of it is coming out in his stool. I called the vet and I'm waiting for the doctor to call back. Im just so stressed and frustrated. It try to watch what I give him and what he eats. I really hope it is nothing major. When he vommitted it was a big chunk and it was tangled up I cant imagine him being able to hold any more in his stomach since it was almost the size of my fist

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My previous dog Cosmo has had obstruction surgery for 2 rocks. My vet has instructed me if my dog is vomiting and I suspect an obstruction NOT to feed her or give her water and bring her in to the vet immediately. If it were me I would have my dog seen today especially with the weekend coming. Good luck!
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All, thank you for your advice. He is being seen tomorrow at 9am hoping for the best...

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All, thank you for your advice. He is being seen tomorrow at 9am hoping for the best...
We had an obstruction scare with Denver in August. He oddly would throw up his dinner once a day for 3 days. We didn’t notice anything missing, and he’s (luckily) very non-destructive with toys but he did get ahold of a throw pillow with fringe so we were paranoid he had somehow eaten a string. He was pooping normally still, but we took him for an X-ray and ultrasound anyway to make sure. Turned out he just had a bug. They saw a lot of gas and an “irregular digestive pattern” in his GI.

That was an an emergency vet on a Friday. Thankfully it was nothing but I too was scared about any possible surgery and the cost of it. Denver’s 1 night stay, the imaging and fluids alone were $1500. We have FIGO pet insurance which reimburses 80%. We have it for situations like this.

I really hope Leo is okay and able to pass this on his own. Please keep us updated. Thinking of you!



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I'm going through this right now.
2 weeks ago I noticed Lucy walking really slow on our walks. Not being as bouncy as she had in the past. She's 7, so I chalked it up to age. No vomiting.

Then it slowly got worse. But nothing that said aha!

Took her to the vet on Wed. Nov 6. Told them she was walking slowly and eating slowly. She was still eating, drinking, pooping and peeing. Just very slowly. She is not vomiting. I was worried about grass being balled up in her stomach. Vet did a few xrays. Grass is too hard to see, but you could see something quite large in her stomach, her colon was full and her small intestine was pretty much empty. Vet gave me some liquid laxative.

Lucy still continued to limp along. Still doing everything, but very very slowly.
Took her to the e-vet on Sunday Nov 10. Vet took xrays. Stomach empty. Colon full. Lucy was given barium and the next 8 hours several xrays were taken to see what was happening. She was also given meds to speed up her system. Still nothing definitive.

Yesterday Nov 14. Took her to regular vet again. xrays show things are still moving along. By this time I had gotten smart and brought a full stool sample to vet from that morning. It appears that Lucy is full of grass, and the grass she is pooping out is yellow and shredded, so it's been in her system for awhile. Vet also found lots of seeds. So we assume that whatever grass she ate was in seed.

So now we feed her small amounts several times a day. Walk her several times a day. We keep going through her poop carefully to see what's there. Still lots of grass and seeds. Grass being long and stringy is really what the vet thinks is the problem. It was probably all balled up in her stomach, but she's passed a lot of it now.


You can't see grass on an xray. You don't want to open a dog up if they have grass in their intestines, because there's what 20' or so of small intestine and it would be impossible to open it all and remove all the grass. So it boils down to Lucy getting it all out of her system on her own. I hate seeing her slow and moppy. But that's all we can do.


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Having had a golden with pica, I was on constant blockage watch when she would have episodes. My vet said as long as she’s producing stool feed a petroleum jelly (much like what you do for a cat with fur balls), it lubes everything up and helps things slide through...obviously you have to have an idea of what was consumed as no amount of PJ is going something impassable due to its size passable


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