Save Your Dog’s Life This Summer
I got an email from a client of ours recently.
Ironically I was in the middle of writing the article on the dangers of sugar free gum.
The truth is there is danger in A LOT of things we have around the house.
These dangers are why it is so important to keep an eye on your dog all of the time.
Dogs are like toddlers, and we don’t just let toddlers wander around and “hope” they don’t ingest anything that they shouldn’t!
Did you know corn could kill your dog?
Most of You…
So most of you will think this is an article about how “corn” in and of itself is not good.
Honestly, corn is just a filler and in most cases is not bad for your dog.
After all, dogs are omnivores and MOST allergies come from the protein source not the fillers like rice, corn, or potatoes.
This isn’t about your dog eating corn…
This is about your dog eating the corn cob!
The client in question was simply disposing of the used corn cobs in her garden.
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Corn Cob Ingestion can be Deadly
Dogs don’t nibble an ear of corn.
Dogs tend to swallow large pieces of the cob, if not inhaling the whole thing.
Imagine having a whole corn cob in your stomach…
It would be like having a huge dense sponge in your stomach.
Do you think you could pass that?
Even if it goes into the large intestines, it certainly can’t pass through the small intestines.
And, once you get a blockage the body begins to fight and shut down.
Then pieces begin to die.
As you can imagine, if parts of the intestines die and begin to get necrotic the dog attached will also die.
Even small pieces of corn cob can’t be broken down by the body.
So with small or chewed pieces you have to hope they will pass.
Signs of a Blockage
- Lack of appetite
- Straining during bowel movements
- Tarry stools
- Inability to defecate
- Not wanting to move
- Not wanting to lay still
Blockages are an emergency that require usually immediate surgery.
Even a partial blockage, like part of the cob was swallowed, can require surgery and various of the above signs can come and go.
So do yourself a favor this summer, put the cobs outside in a safely covered trash can and save yourself and your dog a major problem!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.