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My 80 pound pit ate a half of 2 corn cobs on Sunday. He has

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My 80 pound pit ate a half of 2 corn cobs on Sunday. He has been active, has bowel movements with no sign of cob, and just threw up 3 pieces. Should i be worried or will it pass?b
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if the pit will be able to digest that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the pit?
Customer: He just turned 4. Swims every day and very active

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 1 month ago.
Thank you.

I'm sorry to hear about your pup getting ahold of corn cob pieces on Sunday. This is a tough one as the pieces in the vomit today may be the last pieces of or there may be more. The good news is so far he seems to feel great and is passing stools, which likely means there isn't a full obstruction.

To help I recommend starting with a Vaseline (or any generic, nonscented petroleum jelly) sandwich. Take a slice of whole wheat bread, slather with vaseline as you would peanut butter on a slice of bread, cover with a second slice. Feed one sandwich piece by piece or he will make a huge Vaseline mess. This adds fiber and hopefully will make any remaining corn cob pieces slip rather than catch. The Vaseline is nondigestible and should coat any pieces allowing them to just slide through.
For the next few days you can try feeding 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 by ingesta, and the gut isn't irritated by contracting on just sharp pieces.
A homemade diet for this is 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger or boiled, white, skinless chicken, all fats drained off the meat, and 2/3 boiled, plain, white rice. Add 2-3 tablespoons of canned pumpkin, (not pie filling, just pumpkin), to each meal for fiber to help push pieces through.
You'll need to check stools frequently for pieces in the next few days.

Signs that things aren't going well, and the pup needs an immediate veterinary visit, are continued 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 can be very helpful.
If it doubt it is always best to have him checked.
Once the pieces are passed and they seem to be 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.
Let me know if you have any questions.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you!

You are very welcome, have a good weekend.


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

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