How to tell if your dog is impacted and swallowed something…

So on Thursday night, my parents adorable, sweet, friendly English Springer Spaniel, was not feeling well. He is usually a very energic, friendly, happy, hyper, dog, and is always trying to get into everything.

Well, I went over to their house on Thursday and “Hootie”, the dog, was lethargic, pacing back and forth, leaning on the couch, and had vomited quite a bit, and had no bowel movement for the day. My Mom and I took him to the animal hospital. We waited and waited, my Mom is older, and retiring soon, and she had to leave because she had to work the next day, and she also has arthritis.

The next day, no improvement. Poor sick baby boy. We took him to an animal hospital, they didn’t help much. They did a physical and said his heart sounds really good, and that he is a healthy boy, except for the sickness. His blood work was good as well. They did an X-ray and his bowels were dilated. The vet said he would call back at the end of the day, which he didn’t. Bad review for him. Spent $600 but at least we found out he is a healthy 9 year old pup.

So we took him to the animal emergency room. These doctors were great! We waited for 2 hours, with my daughter, we were exhausted, falling asleep, but it is worth it, we love this dog so much. They did a scan to view more areas. The doctor called us over and said “Did he swallow a corn cobb”, I said “this defiantly makes sense”. This pup gets into everything, he is really strong, and my parents are older. You could totally see half of a corn cob in his intestine! He digested it out of his stomach and into his intestine.

So we had to take him to another hospital where he would at surgery STAT, before something worse happens.

We drop our sweetie pie off for surgery and he doesn’t want to go. He pulls on his leash and tries to go towards us.

When we are walking out the door, they tell us what can go wrong with surgery. This didn’t help my anxiety. They explained anesthesia risk, and the risk of having the bowel cut and reattached.

The next day we go to pick him up from surgery at 8PM, after he has time to recover. He is wagging his tail and jumping up on everyone, he is not supposed to jump up, but he is a dog. He couldn’t go home until he ate, but he grabbed that food out of our hands so quickly.

He is at home and recovering. He seems fine. He keeps jumping up which is going to make his recovery longer. He is his energetic, friendly self, and trying to get into everything. So now he is getting a mussel, so this doesn’t happen again. He had to have 8 inches of his intestine cut out and the intestine reattached. I don’t know the long term effects. He is such a healthy dog, that he is back to normal already.

So how can you tell if your dog is impacted or have eaten something and it is stuck? They will be lethargic, loss of appetite. vomiting not pooping. They will be shadowing or pacing back and forth trying to get comfortable. They need to go to the vet asap for surgery. If the vet says theres a dilation in the intestine. Probe them or convince the vet to do a better scan where you can see more. It is very pricy if you don’t have the money you may need to apply for a credit card, ask for a payment plan or go to the bank to get a loan.

I hope this never happens to you. It was $4,400.

This is the poor baby at the vet
This is cutie pie in his little bonnet “The Cone of Shame”.
This is Mr. Handsome Pants sleeping. He is drugged up on pain pills.

See he is all better. We are telling him to be quiet in this video because the vet said to discourage barking because he could possibly heal better and so on, and he has many, many stitches.

Sincerley by Michelle gast

6 thoughts on “How to tell if your dog is impacted and swallowed something…

  • September 1, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    😢 Poor baby, I’ve never had that happen with any dogs
    I’ve ever had in my life time & I’ve had a lot of them, I’m
    glad to hear he’s on the mend.

    Dogs are hard to keep down after something like that
    after they get back home, cause they are glad to be home
    I’d be careful about food – leftovers that he could get after
    that scare from now on, that was a pricey lesson to learn.

  • September 1, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Oh my goodness! I needed this post a year ago. We had a dog that swallowed a rock and we had no idea. She experienced everything you mentioned in your blog. We didn’t know though, we just thought she wouldn’t eat and we have a big back yard so we didn’t notice she wasn’t pooping. Thankfully we realized she was acting weird and she had emergency surgery!

  • September 1, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Good tips for dog owners. I had dogs for more than 20 years. I’m surpriced by the amount of money a doctor visit costs, not to speak about surgery ! We never paid so much money for a visti to the doctor, not even for surgery – even without a dog health assurance.
    All the best for Hootie, give him a hug 😉

  • September 2, 2021 at 2:44 am

    What’s a corn cobb? And how come the first two animal hospitals didn’t pick up the problem? I’d ask for my money back

  • September 2, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Beautiful little dog. So glad all turned out good and he is recovering from his ordeal. 🙂


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