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My 7 month old corgi ate a wooden beard comb that was

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My 7 month old corgi ate a wooden beard comb that was treated with a polyurethane coating (win max) he is now shaking and will not walk on his back legs. I am currently at a vet now but looking for all the help I can get. He had diarrhea in his crate with what looked like pieces of the comb.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  David Janssen replied 11 months ago.

Hello, and thanks for writing in. I'm sorry you are going through this with Loki...

Expert:  David Janssen replied 11 months ago.

According to the information I have from a veterinary toxicologist, the polyurethane coating may cause vomiting and/or diarrhea, but otherwise should be OK...

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
The comb was wood and he ate about half of it would something belong lodged cause him not to walk ?
Expert:  David Janssen replied 11 months ago.

The actual comb material may also cause vomiting and/or diarrhea. It's also possible that pieces of it may get stuck in the intestines, and surgery may need to be performed to remove the pieces. Sometimes, if the pieces of wood are small enough, they may pass on their own with time. Unfortunately, wood does not typically show up on X-rays, even if it's inside the digestive tract. If ultrasound can be done, it may do a better job of "seeing" the pieces of wood in the digestive tract...

Expert:  David Janssen replied 11 months ago.

If there is a piece (or pieces) of wood stuck in the intestines, the discomfort may be enough to cause him to not walk.

Expert:  David Janssen replied 11 months ago.

Another test that could be done is a barium series, which is where barium (a liquid substance that shows up bright white on X-rays) is given by mouth, and then a series of X-rays is taken to see if the barium outlines anything abnormal (pieces of wood, or a blockage).

Expert:  David Janssen replied 11 months ago.

Sometimes treatment in Loki's situation involve supportive care (fluids, medications to protect the intestines, and time). But, if it's found that he has a blockage, then surgery may be needed to remove the blockage.

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have further questions, or I can assist you and Loki further.

Dr. Dave

Expert:  David Janssen replied 11 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Loki. How is everything going?
David Janssen