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My 3year old lab swallowed a small screw that was on sunday…

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My 3year old lab...

My 3year old lab swallowed a small screw that was on sunday night still waiting for him to poop it should I do or give him something to help him.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?

Coco

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Coco?

No he is eating normal just this morning I heard burp really loud strange he doesn't burp

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

A small screw should pass through the GI tract of a dog the size of Coco unaided. It may have already passed unnoticed or is sitting in Coco's colon ready to arrive shortly. Giving a bulk laxative orally at this late date won't be helpful and giving him an enema would only hasten the inevitable - his passing the screw without harm. His eating normally is a positive prognostic sign. Dogs with obstructions or perforations in their GI tract will persistently vomit, become anorexic, or both. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
ok I know the stool yesterday was dark almost black only weird thing he burped really loud this morning oh I caught him licking his butt this morning thats all . Should I worry...?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Dark/black stool more often indicates a slower than normal transit time than bleeding. The slower the ingesta moved through the GI tract the more time bacteria has to metabolize bile into stercobilinogen - the compound that gives stool its brownblack color. In most cases, slowing of the transit time is benign. A burp and butt licking aren't signs reliably indicative of much of anything at all! Be patient with Coco. I believe everything will come out alright... Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Is there anything I should watch out for with coco.?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Danger signs are persistent vomiting and/or anorexia...neither of which I expect to arise.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok then thankyou very much doctor
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

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