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I'm puppy sitting daughter's six-month-old Lab. She

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I'm puppy sitting for my daughter's six-month-old Lab. She ate an unripened butternut pod that had fallen from the tree, then promptly vomited. She's acting fine now. Should I be concerned?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I am sorry to hear you are worried about Sugar. I am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help. When she vomited, did she vomit the butternut?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I couldn't really tell. She had eaten the pod so it would've been little pieces, but the vomitus was yellow and viscous like uncooked scrambled eggs. She seems fine now. We've had some play/ exercise time, some water and a few training treats.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
I just did some searching, and these nuts appear not to be toxic. If a small dog swallowed one whole, it might be large enough to cause a blockage, however.
If she vomited the nut back up, she should be fine. If the nut was not in the vomit, I would become concerned if she stops eating, or starts to vomit back up everything she eats and drinks.
How long ago did she eat it, and vomit?
A six month old Lab is already pretty big, so it should pass if she did not vomit it. You could try feeding her bulky fiber rich foods to help push it through, like canned unsweetened pumpkin.
Let me know how she is doing and what else I can help with or answer.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
At this point, it was probably about an hour ago. The pod did not contain a ripe nut; it was soft, white, fleshy stuff, so there shouldn't be any blockage. Based on your research and my instincts, I'm sure she'll be ok. She's acting normally and currently eating her dinner. Thank you for your time and reassurance. ūüėä
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
I think she will be OK, too. Let me know how she is doing, and what else I can help with or answer.
Kindly consider rating my answer (always appreciated!); you can still get back to me with updates and questions after rating.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Hi Bonnie,

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


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