Dog Forum banner

1 - 17 of 17 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
My mom has been working around the house a lot lately, and I guess a nail or something metal was lying on the ground. I was working in the kitchen, and I heard a metal clink that sounded like a nail falling on the ground. But then Molly started making vomiting motions and I brought her out so she didn't puke on the floor and she started eating grass like crazy. I don't know what to do. Please help. I don't think she's thrown up at all, as I didn't see any. But if she did eat a nail, then what should I do? Is this an emergency or can I let her just puke sometime. Also, about the grass, should I let her keep eating it, or should I keep her inside. She's lying by my chair right now indoors.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
306 Posts
If you suspect she swallowed a nail then it's an emergency. Do not make her vomit as this can cause damage coming up. They will do an x-ray to confirm that there is a nail and go from there!
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
3,568 Posts
You need to take your dog to a vet. Even if Molly's "passes" then nail, it may end up tearing her intestines. This is serious. Take care.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
If you suspect she swallowed a nail then it's an emergency. Do not make her vomit as this can cause damage coming up. They will do an x-ray to confirm that there is a nail and go from there!
Well, right now, the best I can do is call my vet. But because Molly has eaten so many things before (sandpaper, socks, etc.) and been fine for the most part, my mom is very unconcerned. It's driving me crazy! Always has. She says it'll be fine. I don't know about that...

My sister works Tuesday to Friday till 2:30 and doesn't get home until around 3:10-ish. We only have two cars and my dad takes his to work and doesn't get home till 4:20-ish.

Lots of obstacles and I don't know what to do.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,180 Posts
A nail is different than a sock. This could potentially be a life threatening emergency, she needs to be seen by a Vet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
89 Posts
I decided not to post my first reply after I noticed the timestamp.

Hippophile might be a child and Molly might have already crossed the rainbow bridge. If so, I'm sure she feels bad enough about it but children don't (necessarily) have credit cards, savings, cab fare, or the ability to tap on the app and do whatever people do to summon Uber and Lyft.

I hope I am way, way off base and that Hippophile will update us, but she certainly doesn't owe us anything. Hopefully the vet was able to call the cab/ambulance/Uber/Lyft if Hippophile couldn't but I don't have any kids so I have no idea if that would even be legal.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
306 Posts
I do hope Molly is OK !!!
Perhaps it wasn't even a nail, and perhaps whatever it was passed without problems. I am very worried though!

Dogs are like babies, they do explore their world through their mouths, and they don't understand the dangers of things. It's a reminder to us all to keep the environment of our pets safe.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
89 Posts
I've been bringing bully sticks and pig ears hiking with me so the pups have something to chew on when we rest. Chihuahuas can die from intestinal blockages if you let them chew on sticks.

"Drop it" and "Leave it" are survival skills for all dogs and I prioritize them over "down", "stay", and in Laurel's case, even "sit".

Hopefully it was just a scary clink and a distracted mom, however old the mom may be and whatever Hippophile's personal life and living situation looks like afk.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
Well, I couldn't get to the vet, but she seems fine. It happened days ago, and I went camping for a couple days, but left Molly home with some other members of my family. Came back and she's totally fine! She was before we'd even left for camping. She hasn't vomited at all that I know of, so either she never ate the nail or it passed without injury. It's a relief to know that she'll be okay.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
176 Posts
My dogs used to eat socks to and they were fine I actually thought socks could get stuck in their intestines though so I didn't know, But the last time my dogs have ate a sock was a year ago and they have been fine since. I would take her to the vet ASAP.. Nails tear up there intestines
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,180 Posts
Socks, can, but do not always, cause a blockage. Depends, on how much of the sock is eaten, what the sock is made of, and the dogs size and digestive system, and a certain amount of luck, too.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
3,568 Posts
Hippophile,

Thank you for coming back with an update. I'm so glad your dog seems to be doing well.

I have important question for you: What is her poop like? Has it changed in color or consistency? If her poop has turned black, you still need to get her to the vet as this can indicate that she is bleeding internally.

Since we know that your dog will eat anything, you'll need to be especially careful about what is lying around the floor.

Take care and best wishes to you both!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
Hippophile,

Thank you for coming back with an update. I'm so glad your dog seems to be doing well.

I have important question for you: What is her poop like? Has it changed in color or consistency? If her poop has turned black, you still need to get her to the vet as this can indicate that she is bleeding internally.

Since we know that your dog will eat anything, you'll need to be especially careful about what is lying around the floor.

Take care and best wishes to you both!
I'm pretty sure it's still brown-colored. When she was young, she had weird problems with her poop. It varied in color, consistency, and had blood/mucous in it often. We took her to the vet once or twice for that, and our vet called it a parasite of some sort, or bacteria. I don't remember. But that was treated and it disappeared.

We try to be careful, but I have a family of 9 with three young boys who are all quite sloppy, so it's not always easy. To be frank, they don't care, but then one is a baby. Most of the time, I can get whatever she was eating away from her.

I think she's fine :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
522 Posts
I'm pretty sure it's still brown-colored. When she was young, she had weird problems with her poop. It varied in color, consistency, and had blood/mucous in it often. We took her to the vet once or twice for that, and our vet called it a parasite of some sort, or bacteria. I don't remember. But that was treated and it disappeared.

We try to be careful, but I have a family of 9 with three young boys who are all quite sloppy, so it's not always easy. To be frank, they don't care, but then one is a baby. Most of the time, I can get whatever she was eating away from her.

I think she's fine :)

I have 2 kids (they're 11!) and a husband and it's already a nightmare to make sure they don't leave things in reach... Thankfully the dogs stopped eating everything they could find months ago. There's so much STUFF everywhere, even the dogs are overwhelmed.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
50 Posts
I decided not to post my first reply after I noticed the timestamp.

Hippophile might be a child and Molly might have already crossed the rainbow bridge. If so, I'm sure she feels bad enough about it but children don't (necessarily) have credit cards, savings, cab fare, or the ability to tap on the app and do whatever people do to summon Uber and Lyft.

I hope I am way, way off base and that Hippophile will update us, but she certainly doesn't owe us anything. Hopefully the vet was able to call the cab/ambulance/Uber/Lyft if Hippophile couldn't but I don't have any kids so I have no idea if that would even be legal.


I would thing either her sister of father would have taken the dog to the vet as soon as either one found out about this.




Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 
1 - 17 of 17 Posts
Top