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Old 10th November 2006, 03:13 AM
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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR DOG EATS GLASS (or other small foreign objects)

Something to keep in mind this time of the year (and an endorsement from
one who has used it). Hopefully, none of you will need it.

Linda McKellar
Brussels Griffon Rescue

I can personally vouch for the cotton ball treatment. While I was at the
vet waiting for him to return from lunch a terrified woman ran in with a
litter of puppies who had demolished a wooden crate along with large open
staples. The young vet had taken x-rays which did show each puppies had
swallowed several open staples. He was preparing them for surgery when my
wonderful vet came in and said no surgery. I watched him wet several cotton
balls squeeze out the water and pop them down their throats. Within 24 hours
every staple was accounted for. This was a lesson I learned in the mid 1960s
and have had to use several times on my brats. I wet the cotton balls and
smear on some liverwurst and they bolt it down and ask for more. Cotton
always comes out with the object safely embedded.


What do you do if your puppy (or mischievous older dog) gets into your
holiday decorations and eats some of the glass ornaments? This potentially
lethal mishap can darken even the brightest holiday season.

BEFORE the holiday go to a pharmacy & buy a box of cotton balls. Be sure
that you get COTTON balls...not the "cosmetic puffs" that are made from
man-made fibers. Also, buy a quart of half-and-half coffee cream and put it
in the freezer.

Should your dog eat glass ornaments, defrost the half-and-half and pour
some in a bowl. Dip cotton balls into the cream and feed them to your dog.

Dogs under 10 lbs. should eat 2 balls which you have first torn into
smaller pieces. Dogs 10-50 lbs should eat 3-5 balls and larger dogs should
eat 5-7. You may feed larger dogs an entire cotton ball at once. Dogs seem
to really like these strange "treats" and eat them readily. As the cotton
works its way through the digestive tract it will find all the glass pieces
and wrap itself around them. Even the teeniest shards of glass will be
caught and wrapped in the cotton
fibers and the cotton will protect the intestines from damage by the glass.
Your dog's stools will be really weird for a few days and you will have to
be careful to check for fresh blood or a tarry appearance to the stool. If
either of the latter symptoms appear you should rush your dog to the vet for
a checkup but, in most cases, the dogs will be just fine.

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Old 10th November 2006, 03:41 AM
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Thank you Deena! This is very good information

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Old 10th November 2006, 05:52 AM
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Interesting, I would never have thought of that.
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Old 10th November 2006, 06:12 AM
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Now who would have thought. Thats really great to add to our vet box.
Does anyone else have a vet box (thats what I call it)? Its my emergency box full of stuff from meds to wraps ointments, 2% peroxide for swollowing of socks and other strange stuff,tape, scissors and you name it. I find it so helpful when we travel to have one on hand. We never know when it will come in hand. When we travel out of the country for shows we leave on at home for the doggie sitter also.
Now I had better add some cotton balls to the kits. This is so great to not have surgery or at least lessen the chances a great deal. I dont remember ever reading this in any of my books from studying to be a vet assistant so this is a wonderful addition.
Thanks for the tip hope I never need to use it.
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Old 10th November 2006, 04:41 PM
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I have about 6 different kinds of med boxes! One each for humans, dogs, cats, sheep, goats and my horse!
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Old 10th November 2006, 05:29 PM
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great advice !!! thanks
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Old 10th November 2006, 06:04 PM
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Wow, I am really glad I read that! Thanks Deena!
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Old 10th November 2006, 09:26 PM
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You are welcome, but honestly, I cannot take the credit here. My friend Helen, (HMMGFX ) one of our new members sent it to me. She is really busy with work (said she had over 250 unopened emails.) I am certain she'll be hanging out after the holidays.

Helen has alot of great things to share and she fosters and does Kuvasz Rescue for Texas. So we should have more great tips coming!
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Old 10th November 2006, 09:33 PM
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Wow! Thanks!
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Old 11th November 2006, 10:35 PM
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Great stuff!! But why does the half&half have to be frozen, not just refrigerated?
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