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Unread 05-22-2008, 07:57 AM   #1
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Default Help! My puppy ate a push pin!

It happened last night ... He is 6 mos old and eats everything he can find available - even if is not digestable
I am broke - no cash and no credit - so I wish someone could come with a very good solution to my problem before borrowing money to take him to the vet or clinic. I've called several places and they suggest surgery, which is $600+

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Unread 05-22-2008, 07:59 AM   #2
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Oh dear - dog insurance would have saved this problem you are having. Do you have Blue Cross or something similar? In the UK you can go to the RSPCA and they will help those on a low budget.

I've no practical suggestions I'm afraid with regard to your puppy.

Hope you get him sorted out.

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Unread 05-22-2008, 10:39 AM   #3
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Tiburon--the only thing I learned from a vet ages ago is from a pup who had swallowed similar thing as pins. She got some cotton balls, soaked them in water and pushed them down puppy throat to make him swallow them. all the rins came out accounted for. If your pup weighs over 10 lbs. he should eat 4-5 balls...you can dip them in bouillon or somethi to make him want to eat them, just dip and sqeeze out excess and let him eat them. Buy the real cotton balls, not the cosmetic kind that has all the artificial stuff in them. That might work, seems it wraps around a sharp object, even glass and protects from tearing the gut. If you have the money I would prefer seeing a vet, but if this works the pup will poop the pin out...you'll have to check when he does poop until you find the pin.

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Goodness. What a nasty situation to be in! I have no practical solutions for you, but Zoran's idea sounds spot on and I wanted to wish you luck. Let us know how the pup gets on won't you?
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As Jake says in the Uk there is the RSPCA and also the PDSA this is also for people on low incomes/benifits, Is there nothing similar where you live? Please get you pet insured In the Uk it can be very cheap 8.00 a month but you get a lot for your cover. It like house insurance both are important as you never know when you might need to claim. Hope all goes well for your pup

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A good lesson on why Pet Insurance is important- and keeping your place tidy and puppy safe.
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I do appreciate all your comments.

Here is the update:
I took him to an Animal Welfare Clinic today because he hasn't pooped the pin out yet. Dr suggested to wait for another week - so my next appt is Thursday.
They did x-rays and found the push pin (thumb-tack) on his stomach so she suggested to give him bread to help getting it out.

Thanks again.

P.S. Even though pet insurance MAY sound important ... I still can't afford it. I was very happy to find this Clinic, it was a non-profit organization that helped animals and did not kill me with the bill )

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Hi Tiburon and welcome to the forum.
Bigger things have been known to go in end and out the other so hopefully this will end well for both of you. I'd be worried about the sharp point though. The best I can offer from here are some good that there will be a pushpin in your pup's soon.
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Glad he's seen the vet and the pin has been located. He'll be blown up like a little football with the bread LOL - any chance of photos of him?

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Glad he's been checked by the vet. Funny how different vets say different things. I would have thought bread too, but she said big no no, bread gets too pasty and could cause bloat sometimes..That was why she said cotton balls. As long as it passes that's what's important.
You're right, Pet Insurance is great if you can afford it. What you could try doing is opening a special account for your dog and putting in any spare money you have into it, that way there's always a bit of money, sometimes you won't need it for a while and it will add up for emergencies.

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