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8 month old Chesapeake bay retriever ate an bead necklace.

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8 month old Chesapeake bay retriever ate an amber bead necklace. What should I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Alexis Solis replied 1 year ago.

Hi, my name is***** Sorry to hear about your necklace! I have a few questions.. How large were the beads and how long ago did your pup eat it?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He ate it an hour ago and it was about 10 inches long
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Beads were fairly small
Expert:  Alexis Solis replied 1 year ago.

Were the beads strung together by string or chain?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Are you there?
Expert:  Alexis Solis replied 1 year ago.

My biggest concern here is the string and the length. If the stones are small in a young large breed dog they should pass however being attached by string makes me very nervous for possible blockage/obstruction

If it has been less than 2 hours my recommendation would be take him to your nearest emergency facility so they can induce vomiting and likely make him vomit the necklae before it passes through the stomach

Expert:  Alexis Solis replied 1 year ago.

Making a dog vomit at a hospital is a simple thing and can be very successful at producing the foreign object! There are recommendations all over the internet about giving your dog hydrogen peroxide to make them vomit. This is true and it many times produces vomiting but there are risk involved so please be cautious if you try that route

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok thank you. He is headed to the ER vet now
Expert:  Alexis Solis replied 1 year ago.

Good choice! That is what I would do if it were my own dog! Making him vomit is so much cheaper than a foreign body surgery!!!

Good Luck!

-Dr. Alexis Solis

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language." ― Martin Buber

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We did try the hydrogen peroxide as he has eaten things he shouldn't have before, but it didn't work. It was almost two hours ago that he ate it, do you think they will still be able to be successful making him vomit?
Expert:  Alexis Solis replied 1 year ago.

Yes it is possible. Things can remain in the stomach for several hours. If he doesn't vomit the necklace then I would just monitor him closely over the next 12-18 hours and check his stool! I also recommended "bulking up" his diet to help move things through. You can do this by giving him a slice or 2 of bread.

Expert:  Alexis Solis replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Alexis Solis