Meet Rex. This 3-year-old Shiba Inu mix is having a bit of an identity crisis--Rex here seems to believe that he's part goat.
Rex’s mom came home to find that this pooch had eaten their dining room curtains and some of their carpet. Rex’s belly was hurting (obviously), and he threw some of it up so his parents thought that he was in the clear, until he stopped eating and his belly began to expand. His mom then rushed Rex to the vet, where they were told Rex would need emergency surgery to save his life. While Rex was in surgery, the vet not only found the curtains and carpet, but what looked like jeans and a lot of grass. In all, Rex had nearly two pounds of household items in his belly!
Rex was suffering from a blockage in his stomach and intestines from all the items that he ate, what a vet may refer to as a gastrointestinal obstruction. This condition is very serious and can be life threatening because it blocks the flow of nutrients into and out of the body. This is something veterinarians will tell you that they see quite often with dogs because they have a bad habit of eating pretty much everything. Signs that your dog may have a blockage includes vomiting (especially after eating), not wanting to eat, weakness, diarrhea, and weight loss.
Rex comes from a family of four, and his parents have been working through some of their own medical issues. Rex’s mom only works part time, and his father’s hours have recently been cut. The family applied for help with Fur Kids Foundation, and we were happy to help.
Aside from feeling a little crummy after surgery, Rex's mom said that Rex is making a full recovery, and that they are going to start kenneling him when they're not home. They also plan to have a discussion with him to let him know he is only a dog, not part goat.
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