The following is a list of items we’ve surgically removed from our beloved, but foolish pets.
- Monsieur Acorn
- Nerf Ball
- Rope Toys
- Hair Elastics
- A Fancy Potato
- A Piece of Poop (someone else’s poop that got stuck)
- Corn on the Cob
- A Variety of Assorted Underwear
- Tampons (highest count of 5 in one dog)
- Coco (see attached photo)
- Electrical/Phone Cords
What happens when Rover eats something that can’t quite make it out the other side? Often, the first sign is vomiting. It’s like when something clogs up a pipe or a toilet, there’s no place for stuff to flow through. So even if they’re still eating, it’ll go down but then run into a roadblock where the only option is to come right back up. Everything after the obstruction is still pretty normal, so Rover may have a normal poop to start, then maybe a little diarrhea cause there won’t be much left to push out, and then, nothing. Eventually with all the vomiting and nausea, dehydration will be inevitable along with a decreased appetite. Soon they won’t even be tempted by the free munchkins in the Dunkin’s drive through. The vomit may also change, it may go from food to yellow bile, to a dark brown that could be confused as diarrhea and with a smell so vile you’ll be looking for a gas mask.
If your pet is vomiting and you think they may have eaten something, call your vet. And please, don’t let them eat lots of grass as this can turn into an obstruction as well.