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Old 12-15-2010, 01:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Glass Ornament Ingestion & What To Do If It Happens

Mr. Rocky got ahold of a glass ornament the other night and crushed it.. Luckily I was right there and got it away from him before he tried to eat any of it.

Someone posted this information on another forum and I wanted to share it here. Hopefully it won't happen and this isn't needed.. But just incase!

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This problem often comes up during the holidays when ornaments "accidentally" (or on purpose !) get knocked off and break.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR DOG EATS ONE ?
What do you do if your puppy (or mischievous older dog) gets into your holiday decorations and eats some of the glass ornaments? This potentially lethal mishap can darken even the brightest holiday season.

BEFORE the holiday go to a pharmacy & buy a box of cotton balls. Be sure that you get COTTON balls...not the "cosmetic puffs" that are made from man-made fibers. Also, buy a quart of half-and-half coffee cream and put it in the freezer.

Should your dog eat glass ornaments, defrost the half-and-half and pour some in a bowl. Dip cotton balls into the cream and feed them to your dog.

Dogs under 10 lbs. should eat 2 balls which you have first torn into smaller pieces. Dogs 10-50lbs should eat 3-5 balls and larger dogs should eat 5-7. You may feed larger dogs an entire cotton ball at once. Dogs seem to really like these strange "treats" and eat them readily.

As the cotton works its way through the digestive tract it will find all the glass pieces and wrap itself around them. Even the teeniest shards of glass will be caught and wrapped in the cotton fibers and the cotton will protect the intestines from damage by the glass.

Your dog's stools will be really weird for a few days and you will have to be careful to check for fresh blood or a tarry appearance to the stool. If either of the latter symptoms appear you should rush your dog to the vet for a checkup but, in most cases, the dogs will be just fine.
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Old 12-15-2010, 01:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I also found this old thread suggesting the same as above.. Glass or staple eating care tip.
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Good to know! Thank you and Happy Holidays to you and Rocky! God bless....
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That is very interesting! I would have never thought! Thankfully Abby has no interest in the tree and its ornaments! Great post...thank you!
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Thank you! That is very interesting! We have had a few get knocked off of the tree this year but thankfully he hasn't eaten any! Have a Merry Christmas to you and Rocky!
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This is very informative..as I do not drink coffee I just had a curious question. Why freeze the Half and Half if you just have to defrost it? This is just my curiosity getting the best of me!!
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Thanks everyone! We hope you have a great holiday season as well!

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This is very informative..as I do not drink coffee I just had a curious question. Why freeze the Half and Half if you just have to defrost it? This is just my curiosity getting the best of me!!
I am thinking it's because 1/2 and 1/2 expires just like milk does. If you freeze it you won't have to worry about it going bad. Just my guess though
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What a timely subject. I just found remains of a styrofoam ornament Gus must have pulled from the tree. Then I found remains of some fake holly berries he must have found!

I told him I was not going to have his stomach operated on because I don't have time now. Then I found the bottle of Bitter Apple, and sprayed the bottom 2/3rds of the Christmas tree. It's in a corner, so I rested a gate across the front of it which will fall with a big noise if he messes around.

Happy Holiday!
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