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Old 08-14-2016, 03:08 PM
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Does anyone have any experience getting a dog to pass an object using Mineral Oil? If so, how long did it take? How frequently did the dog need to go to the bathroom? I'm going to start using it today and I'm a little nervous about it.

Back story-My 13 1/2 yr old boxer-rott has a screw in her stomach that is causing a partial blockage and causing her to vomit daily. She eats, drinks, has bowel movements as frequently as normal. We recently went on vacation for a week without her, 3 weeks ago. She was left with my other dog's former owner who house sat. I think she was acting out of anxiety. A week after we came home, she began vomitting repeatedly. I took her to the vet who did an X-ray which revealed all kinds of hardware that she likely got to in the basement (under construction) while we were away. She hasn't eaten weird things since she was a pup and would get upset about being left home while we went to work. She'd eat pillows, CDs, shred toilet paper, etc. Her X-ray revealed that in total she ate 8 screws, a drill bit, sand, rocks, metal shavings, and a screwdriver tip. We couldn't bear to put her down since she is generally very healthy and happy, despite her age. She had emergency surgery.

I swept the main floor of my house, checking behind every piece of furniture to ensure there was nothing she could eat, and the whole family knew not let her in the basement. After she came home, she began to vomit again within hours. I told the vet who said it was the anesthesia wearing off. She continued to vomit the next day and I called again. This time I was told she was eating too fast or too much, which didn't add up since she would vomit several hours after eating, not immediately after. This continued daily and on her second checkup to remove the staples, my husband asked if could be a drug interaction. The vet acted surprised that she was on a steroid, despite the fact he prescribed it weeks before for her arthritis. Apparently that causes an ulcer when taken with the post surgical meds so he gave us ulcer and nausea meds. Still the vomitting continues. She was brought back a third time and had a second X-ray. The new X-ray revealed a single screw in her stomach. The doctor blamed us for not being careful, but I don't know why she would've eaten one while she was in pain, where it came from, or why she never got better in the first place. It makes me wonder if they 'missed it'.

Regardless, they offered to do another exploration surgery for a discounted price. We feel like she is too old to put her through that twice. They don't have endoscopy as an option. They suggested mineral oil on her food to help pass it. It is not sharp and is fairly small like a screw to an electronic. Anyone try this method before? Really hoping it works, but worried it will upset her belly. Would it take long if it works?
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I used it once when the pup was constipated and didn't poop for a few days, vet said to go ahead and it didn't seem to affect his belly. Yours is older tho. If the vet said to try it, go for it. Get the food grade stuff, I believe it's USP on the label.

There's no taste to it, tricky part is trying to get it into the dog. Don't try to pour it down her throat - you don't want to chance the dog aspirating oil into the lungs. Mix some into a bit of food and see if your dog will eat it.
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Hmmm...I've never heard of doing that for a dog with a foreign object. If it was to work, it seems like it would take more than just some on the food. For example, for horses with an impaction, a whole gallon is pumped into the stomach by a tube. So, of course a dog wouldn't need so much, but it would still be more than what's poured on food. Also, I'm not sure it would be able to help pass an object like that. That's solid, where when used for horses its attempting to move blockages of feed, grass or fecal obstructions. Those break down, and can move on through. Ask the vet how much to give, and their advice on how to do it, if they haven't already.
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If the mineral oil doesn't work to move the screw out of the stomach DO find a Vet that does endoscopy & take your dogs x-rays with you!
I find it awful that your Vet prescribed a med and failed to read it in his records before give another med that caused more damage!!! NOT good!
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If the mineral oil doesn't work to move the screw out of the stomach DO find a Vet that does endoscopy & take your dogs x-rays with you!
I find it awful that your Vet prescribed a med and failed to read it in his records before give another med that caused more damage!!! NOT good!
Yes, I feel the same way. That was completely negligent! He should've read her charts VERY carefully considering her age and getting surgery.

After much thought however, if it doesn't pass, we decided we will probably put her down she's lived a good long life and if she really ate another screw after all of that pain, she maybe getting senile or something. Plus we've already shelled out thousand for the first surgery. It's the most difficult decision we've had to make. We got her as a 6 mo old puppy, before marriage and children. Really hoping the oil works! I just don't want her to be in pain! We are not 100% sure about that decision, still slightly considering the second surgery since they'll only charge for anesthesia, but I am uncomfortable trusting that vet right now.
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Hmmm...I've never heard of doing that for a dog with a foreign object. If it was to work, it seems like it would take more than just some on the food. For example, for horses with an impaction, a whole gallon is pumped into the stomach by a tube. So, of course a dog wouldn't need so much, but it would still be more than what's poured on food. Also, I'm not sure it would be able to help pass an object like that. That's solid, where when used for horses its attempting to move blockages of feed, grass or fecal obstructions. Those break down, and can move on through. Ask the vet how much to give, and their advice on how to do it, if they haven't already.
Yes, I have the dosage/instructions ...a tbsp drizzled on her food. My concern is that since she still has bowl movements, she will get diarrhea and abdominal pain. We will discontinue if it makes her sick though.
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Does anyone have any experience getting a dog to pass an object using Mineral Oil? If so, how long did it take? How frequently did the dog need to go to the bathroom? I'm going to start using it today and I'm a little nervous about it.
Not mineral oil, specifically, but I've used liberal amounts of castor oil to help pass a large piece of partially-impacted bone. I gave about 2 tablespoons twice daily (for a 29lb dog) along with broth fed through a dropper, since the dog in question couldn't eat, and after about four days, he threw up the offending bone.

It did a wonderful job getting his digestive system to dislodge the piece, because after two days it started making him vomit - violently. Since your dog swallowed an inedible object, I don't know if it would have the same effect, but it's at least worth a try. And if he'll take foods, give him canned or ground meats to try and help its passage along. Raw beef or liver can be great foods to get the bowels moving.
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Normally a single screw would not cause much of a problem save in the smallest of dogs (exceptionally large screw?). But it can certainly be irritating. Best way to get it to pass is give bread (mineral oil has some distinct negative side effects - namely diarrhea, and severe respiratory problems should your pet vomit it up and accidentally inhale some). Giving a stomach protectant to decrease stomach acid and vomiting activity while waiting for it to pass usually works, but it still might need to be withdrawn surgically (most dogs, even very old ones, tolerate repeat GI surgeries usually, particularly if just involving the stomach).
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