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My parents are watching my golden retriever who is 82lbs. He

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Hi. My parents are watching my golden retriever who is 82lbs. He ate 1/16 of a boiled corn cob (as my father described the length between tip of my dad's finger and the first joint). This happened three hours ago and the dog has since defecated. His stomach is also soft ie not like a basketball or drum tight. I told my parents to monitor his feces tomorrow morning, see if he is lethargic or vomiting and if any of these signs rush him to vet. I also told them that instead of feeding the dog his normal breakfast, divide the meal into three portions and monitor his feces in between. Is this all OK? There is no emergency vet within an hour of them. Should he go to vet tomorrow am for xray just to be sure?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ps. My dad is 5'6" so the distance between the tip of his finger and first joint is not that big.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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

Yes with a dog his size ingesting that small of a corn cob should really pass without incident. The only additives I would include are:

- Reduce the diet by 25% and supplement with white rice and feed several meals throughout the day. This helps bulk up the stool and push things through
- Increase leash walks 15+ minutes at a good steady pace 2-3 times throughout the next 24-48 hours which also increases gi motility and helps push this through more readily

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier. Do you have any questions about Diego?
I have had Golden Retriever patients that have been able to push through the frozen dinner trays of years ago so I have confidence your dog and his size will have no issues digesting the corn cob :)
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