12-06-2016, 07:18 AM
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We have a Sheltie which when he was a puppy, he ingested some rope from a tug toy over time that eventually became a ball of rope ( size of ping pong ball) in his stomach. There were signs of an ongoing issue such as vomiting at first, diarrhea, then regurgitation when the "ball" started to descend into his intestine. Over that time, we tried treating him for the vomiting and diarrhea not realizing what the real issue was. When he began the regurgitation, we knew it was more serious and took him to a vet hospital which performed a serious of palpitations, x-rays and MRI's eventually leading to surgery to remove the object.
A.) Be aware of what your dog is playing with as a toy and assess if he/she is a hard chewer.
B.) Know you dogs daily routine of potty breaks, eating and level of activity. Our dog was letting us know he had a problem with signs of sluggishness, slower eating than normal and diarrhea....and eventually the regurgitation. Don't ignore these changes.
C.) Carry pet health insurance. I use Pet Plan which is reasonably priced and focuses on accidents, illness, cancer and injuries. I found wellness add-ons are not worth the extra premium. The entire symptoms and eventually surgery was over $8k which we were responsible for 10% of the total. Having pet insurance makes medical decisions much easier.
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