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My border terrier and little dachshund got into the trash

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My border terrier and little dachshund got into the trash and there are 4.5 cobs out of 8 left which means between the two of them 3 cobs are missing....they apparently chewed them as bits of corn are all over. I've read it's very dangerous to their systems as they could tare their insides and disable passing. HELP this is within the last three hours - should I take them to Emergency and induce vomitting?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your Border terrier eat anything unusual?
Customer: YES the cobs of corn as I said, 3.5 cobs are GONE
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your Border terrier?
Customer: are you a live person?
JA: No. I'm the Veterinarian's Assistant.
Customer: Well I assume you are human? "Live"
JA: I'm an assistant to the Veterinarian. I work with them to help customers like you.
Customer: Ok time is wasting, what should I do, take them to emergency and induce vomitting?
JA: What is the Border terrier's name and age?
Customer: My dogs lives are at stake
JA: How old is lives?
Customer: He is 7.5 Yoda is 7.5 what does this matter?
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 12 days ago.

Hello. My name is***** am happy to help you with your question. Give me just a moment to respond and type.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 12 days ago.

To be safe I would take them into the emergency clinic and have them induce vomiting. That will work if the cobs were eaten in the past 90 minutes.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
I don't know when I was gone for three hours
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 12 days ago.

The reason it is best to have the emergency clinic induce vomiting is the cob could get stuck on the way up and cause them to choke. If that happens at the emergency clinic the vet can take care of it.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 12 days ago.

Ok if it has been three hours then you have two options.

You can still take them to the emergency clinic and have them induce vomiting.

The cobs do show up in x-ray.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 12 days ago.

Cobs are very difficult to digest and your dogs are small and they ate 3 cobs

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 12 days ago.

However, you can also just monitor them for signs of a gastrointestinal blockage.

Normally the blockage would happen 1-5 days after they eat the cob. It does not usually happen that day.

Signs of blockage are vomiting, lack of appetite, pain on abdominal palpation ,and lethargy.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 12 days ago.

Of course the most expensive plain is to take them into the emergency clinic tonight and have them induce vomiting.

If that is in the budget that would be the best option and still much less costly then if they needed surgery.

They may also take x-rays and see just one of the dogs ate the cobs

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 12 days ago.

Or, they might tell you just to take them home and monitor them.

I have been a vet of 19 years and have done a number of surgeries to remove corn cobs.

So if you could get them to vomit them out that would be great,

I can also tell you how to induce vomiting at home. That works 2/3 of the time.

But if they choke on a cob on the way up then that would be a problem.