This big, beautiful girl is Ruby, a 5-year-old Bullmastiff. Ruby and her parents are Fur Kids Foundation supporter—attending Pup Crawl and Pics in the Park in the past.
Like many pooches, Ruby has quite an appetite. In early May, Ruby decided to try corn on the cob; unfortunately, she ate the whole cob.
Ruby's parents have been through a lot recently. Her mom was laid off from work, but was fortunately able to find another job, but had less hours. Then her dad got sick with coronavirus and missed four weeks of work. He was back to work for four days when Ruby's mom went into labor—five weeks early, and their son was put into the neonatal intensive care unit. After their son was released from the hospital, they found out their rent was increased. And then Ruby's mom's blood sugar levels dropped, causing her to have seizures and get rushed to the emergency room.
This family has been put through the ringer. So, when Ruby ate the corn cob after all of this, they didn’t know what to do. For roughly three weeks that corn cob was stuck in Ruby's belly and then they noticed their girl was not feeling well. They took her to the vet and learned that the corn cob had made its way to Ruby's small intestine causing a full blockage. This would require emergency surgery.
For those who don't know, a corn cob doesn't digest in a dog's stomach. That means they are likely to cause a blockage, and possible perforation, if they're left to make their way through the intestines.
According to Pet Helpful, the most common signs of blockages in dogs are:
Blockages are very serious issues for dogs. If left untreated, blockages can lead to fatal complications, such as perforation of the bowels and peritonitis—inflammation of the abdominal cavity.
Since Ruby’s family was familiar with Fur Kids Foundation, they applied for assistance with her emergency visit, and we were happy to help.
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