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My golden ate a ornament off the tree it had styrofoam berries and wire that held them together the berries were about 20 and they are gone alone with some wire. I am worried about the wire
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 5 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

When did the ornament eating happen? About how long was the piece of wire? Is he having any symptoms?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Just a short time ago the wire was about 2" long she is having no symptoms
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

Thank you, ***** ***** take a small cotton ball and stretch it out. Then put it in some cheese or a treat and feed it to her. Hopefully that will catch the sharp ends of the wire and help it move through.

Check her gum color now and press into her abdomen for a baseline.

If she has internal bleeding her gums will be pale, purple, grey, or an abnormal color.

If she has a blockge in her gi tract or internal bleeding her abdomen may be tense or painful on palpation.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

The wire could poke into her intestines, or stomach, and the gi contents could leak into her abdomen causing an infection in the abdomen. If that happens she will stop eating, most likely have a fever (dog normal is 100-102.5 F), vomit and have pain on abdominal palpation.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

A blockage in the gastrointestinal tract would cause lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, pain on abdominal palpation, and severe lethargy.

So at this point, keep a close eye on her.

If she is still fine a week from now then you can relax a bit. The wire could cause an issue later on but it normally happens in the first week if it is going to.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

Add 1/2 a cup of cooked brown rice to her food twice a day until Wednesday. The extra fiber will help push things through. The rice will provide a little bit of cushioning.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

You may not see the wire in the stool if her stomach acid breaks it down. It is a good idea to check her stool for the wire for the next few days. If you see she has passed with wire in the stool then that would be great.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

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