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Old 04-25-2010, 01:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Pup ate wood - - help!

So I was gone in Mexico for a week and a friend was watching my pup and they have a wooden kennel enclosure inside of their garage leading to their home so the puppy can wander freely.

Well he made it a point to chew three different spots on the wood and pretty decently too and I'm not sure how much he ate or swallowed or anything like that.

Since then he has been hacking or gagging nothing coming up almost as kennel cough. He stopped doing it after about a couple of hours and now seems fine. He seems a bit sleepy, but nothing really out of the ordinary.

His stomach doesn't seem tender, he doesn't seem in pain, he doesn't seem anything out of the ordinary.

He has done this before but it was eating a piece of fence, and then on another occasion he ate a good chunk of bark from a tree with no repercussions.

So has anyone experienced this or have an idea on what i should do? I don't have money to just throw at the vet for xrays (as no place will do it for under 150$) so should I just monitor his poo, and breathing or is there other signs i should be weary of?

Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-25-2010, 02:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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let it pass through, then examine.. if theres no bleeding, or pain after ward, i wouldnt worry about it... the good thing about wood is it gets soft once in the digestive system, essentially making it splinter proof and easy to pass.

if he doesnt pass it by the end of the day, or tomorrow morning, then maybe start to get a little more concerned.

more than once I've seen Leo's poo with pieces of wood from a branch he polished off earlier that day, never have i seen blood or any other signs that it could have harmed him... maybe you should consider picking up some hard toys, like those super hard nylabone toys, leo has a pacifier and key toy made by them, he hasnt chewed on anyhting since, he goes straight for that.
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Well I would say try to keep the puppy away from wood till it gets older and hopefully grows out of this habit.
As for right now if you do not want to take the puppy to the vet the best choice you have is to really watch the puppy for more gagging and make sure the dog is eating and drinking the wood caught may in the throat. How much wood is missing? How old is the puppy? I am assuming the puppy is teething they tend to eat everything when they are teething. I would keep a good eye on the puppy and if it is not eating or drinking or keeps coughing I think you have no choice but to take it to the vet.. I know you are frustrated with having to spend more money at the vet but puppies are like children and get into everything that is why you hear the jokes about puppy or baby proofing your house and what a challenge it is. This is not some crazy thing this puppy did but typical puppy type thing.
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My girl eats wood and Bark all the time. She a garbage gut and eats what she finds outside. I wouldnt be to concerned unless hes not pooping, eating, or drinking. Just observe him for a while. Most the time they will throw it up if it wont digest. Roxie swallowed a zzaazz dental bone that was not chew up good enough and she throw it up right afterwards.
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Knuckles likes to chew on gravel..... I don't know how he could find any taste in gravel, but I always have to make him spit out any small stones that he might find....He also like to knaw on logs from the woodpile
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our Maggie eats wood and bark all the time too. She will eat anything! Other than giving her diarrhea (she's our sensitive stomach dog) it has never bothered her. I'd just make sure she is eating, drinking and pooping OK
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