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My almost 7 month old Giant Schnauzer puppy may have

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My almost 7 month old Giant Schnauzer puppy may have swallowed the metal handles of a small binder clip. What do I do?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Hexe
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Hexe?
Customer: No

Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I guess I don't understand how this is supposed to work. I thought options and recommendations would be provided.

I'm sorry to hear that your fellow may have eaten the metal handles of a small binder clip.

I do not recommend inducing vomiting in cases where dogs eat sharp objects like a metal. The chances of tearing his esophagus or stomach as it contracts to force the metal out is much too high.

My hope is that he at least chewed this up a little before he swallowed as that will make passage a little easier.

You have a couple options.

One is to have him seen by his veterinarian and radiographs taken to see if he ate it and where the material is now. If it is in his stomach and they have an endoscope they may be able to retrieve it that way. If the clip is zinc plated getting the clip out would be ideal as zinc is a toxin and can lead to stomach ulcers, bleeding, red blood cell damage, kidney and liver failure in dogs.

The other option, if he seems well so far, is to try to get this foreign material to pass through his gastrointestinal tract. And that his stomach acid helps us by dissolving the fragments.

I recommend starting with a vaseline sandwich. Take a slice of whole wheat bread, slather with vaseline as you would peanut butter on a slice of bread, cover with the second slice. Feed it to him bite sized piece by piece or he will make a huge vaseline mess. This adds fiber and hopefully makes the pieces slip rather than catch.

For the next few days, until the pieces pass, he'll need to be fed a bland diet with lots of fiber added in small meals several times a day, 4 to 6 meals is ideal. We do this so the pieces are surrounded, the gut isn't irritated and isn't contracting on just sharp metal.
A homemade diet for this is 1/3 boiled hamburger or white, skinless chicken, all fats and juices drained and 2/3 white rice. Add 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin, (not pie filling, just pumpkin), to each meal for fiber.
You'll need to check his stools frequently for pieces in the next few days.

Signs that things aren't going well, and he needs an immediate veterinary visit, are vomiting, a tense painful belly, lack of an appetite, a fever (more than 103.5F rectally) and lethargy.

If you aren't seeing fragments in the next day or two a veterinary visit and an abdominal radiograph to see where the pieces are would be best. If it doubt at all that things aren't going well it is always best to have him checked.

Once the pieces are passed and he's feeling well then start mixing in his regular food, adding a little more regular and less bland at each meal. It should take a week to get him converted back to regular food.

The safest thing to do would be to have him examined, and try to retrieve the clip if possible, both because it is likely to be sharp and the concerns with zinc toxicity.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sorry I was typing, I'm slow.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thank you for the information.

You are very welcome. Do you have any questions for me about what I wrote?

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