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Hello! My name is Dr. Perry and I can help to answer your question. I understand Charlie swallowed a corn dog stick. Is that a correct summary of what happened?
I am happy to help you with this question. About how long ago did this happen?
Have you observed any signs of nausea such as excessive lip licking, drooling, or multiple attempts to swallow?
You have a pulse oximetry unit. This can be used on dogs and it is easiest to apply it to the ear or the lip. However, this will not tell you information that will help in deciding what to do about the corn dog stick or the reason for yelping. Since there is no case of vomiting or nausea and he is eating food, then there is no consideration of an obstruction. The goal of treatment is to add fiber to the food to help bulk the stool. This will help to push the material out of the body. Metamucil or Benefiber are safe fiber options you may add to the diet. Canned pumpkin can also be given, but it has less bulking effects compared to the others. The dose to give is 3-4 tablespoons of canned pumpkin per meal. This can be given for the next 3-5 days. Monitor for vomiting and diarrhea. If he is eating and drinking normally, then there is no consideration of an obstruction.
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