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My name is***** Dr. Terri is not on-line this evening so I will be able to help you. Does he have any nasal discharge, sneezing or coughing?
Can you open your dog's mouth and examine the back of his throat?
Do he like to chew on spiky burrs, or maybe sticks or grass?
Please let me know the answers to the questions so that I can help you and Norton this evening,
Ah, okay. That is very helpful.
Has he eaten or drank anything since you checked his throat? Could there be something stuck further down his esophagus?
Hopefully the burr that he swallowed is very small and won't cause any problems.
You can try giving him some pepcid- the dose is 0.5mg per pound of body weight.
I would also ensure that he is eating and drinking normally and that it seems to be passing into his stomach normally. If the small amounts of food are passing normally, I would also feed him double fiber bread, as this can help push any small foreign material down the intestines and out in the poop.
If you see the following things, I would recommend taking him to the ER this evening-
unable or unwilling to swallow
regurgitation (food coming out of mouth without retching like vomiting)
If the pepcid and high fiber foods don't help and he is still licking his lips in the morning, you will still need to take him to the ER in the morning.
Metamucil is not great, as it is a soluble fiber, so it dissolves in water and won't provide a push to foreign material.
The double fiber bread contains large amounts of insoluble fiber (stays solid in water) and this bulks the feces and literally pushes the foreign material out.
Okay, good luck. I will be on-line for about another hour and back again tomorrow evening if you have any more questions.
How is Norton this evening? Any more problems with smacking his lips or acting like he swallowed something? Do you have any more questions for me?
Sorry to hear about the large volume of feces...that is an annoying but very tolerable side effect (compared to surgery, lol).
Have a good evening,