WHAT TO DO IF YOUR DOG EATS GLASS (or
Something to keep in mind this time of the year (and an endorsement from one who has used
it). Hopefully, none of you will need it.
Brussels Griffon Rescue
I can personally vouch for the cotton ball treatment. While I
was at the vet waiting for him to return from lunch a terrified woman ran in with a litter
of puppies who had demolished a wooden crate along with large open staples. The young vet
had taken x-rays which did show each puppies had swallowed several open staples. He was
preparing them for surgery when my wonderful vet came in and said no surgery. I watched
him wet several cotton balls squeeze out the water and pop them down their throats. Within
24 hours every staple was accounted for. This was a lesson I learned in the mid 1960s and
have had to use several times on my brats. I wet the cotton balls and smear on some
liverwurst and they bolt it down and ask for more. Cotton always comes out
with the object safely embedded.
What do you do if your puppy (or mischievous older dog) gets into your holiday decorations
and eats some of the glass ornaments? This potentially lethal mishap can darken even the
brightest holiday season.
BEFORE the holiday go to a pharmacy & buy a box of cotton balls. Be sure that you get
COTTON balls...not the "cosmetic puffs" that are made from man-made fibers.
Also, buy a quart of half-and-half coffee cream and put it in the freezer.
Should your dog eat glass ornaments, defrost the half-and-half and pour some in a bowl.
Dip cotton balls into the cream and feed them to your dog.
Dogs under 10 lbs. should eat 2 balls which you have first torn into smaller pieces. Dogs
10-50 lbs should eat 3-5 balls and larger dogs should eat 5-7. You may feed larger dogs an
entire cotton ball at once. Dogs seem to really like these strange "treats" and
eat them readily. As the cotton works its way through the digestive tract it will find all
the glass pieces and wrap itself around them. Even the teeniest shards of glass will be
caught and wrapped in the cotton fibers and the cotton will protect the intestines from
damage by the glass. Your dog's stools will be really weird for a few days and you will
have to be careful to check for fresh blood or a tarry appearance to the stool. If either
of the latter symptoms appear you should rush your dog to the vet for a checkup but, in
most cases, the dogs will be just fine.
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