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My approx 20 lb pit lab mix puppy just ate an entire

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My approx 20 lb pit lab mix puppy just ate an entire crawfish... Shells and all. What do I do?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 9 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

Unfortunately in this situation we cannot induce vomiting because the material can have sharp edges and do more damage to the esophagus on the way up if chewed so at this point all we can do is a few precautionary things to minimize the risk of an obstruction but at the first signs of vomiting it is time to take your dog to the veterinarian and have them evaluated/ x-rayed

1.) Feed 3 pieces of bread now

2.) Take a nice walk to help move the material through. Not running around but a leash walk which helps encourage emptying of the stomach and digestion

3.) In about 2 hours repeat the bread which is used to help bulk up the foreign body to hopefully push them through and protect the edges from causing damage

4.) Monitor for signs of the material coming out the other end in the next 24-48 hours

5.) Again tomorrow a few nice long leash walks to help encourage gi motility and pushing the foreign material through the intestinal tract

This is the difficult part, the watching and waiting because all we can do is see if they pass on their own

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 9 months ago.

I am online another 15 minutes if I can be of any further assistance to you both today. I truly hope you were able to view my responses earlier this evening...

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 9 months ago.

I apologize if you had difficulties with the site last night. I hope Scotch is doing well and having no issues with his ingestion...

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