This is Groot, a two-year-old Black Lab/Border Collie Mix. Groot is his mom's best bud, and they go on nightly walks, exploratory hikes, and often wander around town together. Groot's mom was beside herself when Groot stopped eating.
Groot had previously eaten a sock, so his mom was afraid that Groot had another obstruction, so she took her fur kid to the vet. X-rays showed that Groot did have another obstruction.
If your dog enjoys chewing up and eating everything in sight, you may want to understand some common signs or symptoms of a blockage or obstruction of a foreign object. These include:
Please understand that an obstruction is a very serious condition. If it is not quickly treated it can cause devastating health issues and can often require major surgery to save your dog's life. If you think your dog ingested something they shouldn’t have, or if they are exhibiting the symptoms listed above, call your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Groot and his mom live off of a single income; his mom had recently gone through some of her own medical issues, and at the time of this obstruction did not have enough saved up to pay for Groot’s emergency surgery. She applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help, and we were happy to help.
Before surgery, Groot's vet wanted him to stay overnight and push fluids through him to see if the object would pass on its own. Fortunately for Groot and his mom, Groot was able to pass the object without needing surgery! Groot's mom is going to be more mindful of the items her silly puppy can reach and hopefully avoid any future obstruction scares!
One way to prevent blockages in your dog is to limit their chances of consuming items that they shouldn’t. Fur Kids Foundation encourages dog owners to keep items that your dog may eat out of his or her reach, keep an eye on your dog while they play with their toys or chew their bones, and keep your dog from scavenging through garbage and other debris while at parks or on hikes.
About Fur Kids Foundation
Fur Kids Foundation is 100% run by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money with events, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help local families with animals afford emergency veterinary care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation via PayPal or signing up to become a volunteer. Read more Success Stories.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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