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    Ok so, I'm not freaking out yet. I read a lot of the same things happening...
    Pablo swallowed about six inches of a bully stick. Half chewed half not.

    He woke up mid night and exploded. Cow patties. No blood, no vomiting.

    Question: try to give him Vaseline to pass easy? Or just keep him hydrated and check for blood or vomiting? I know it should digest but curious if anyone experienced similar.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Bully stick swallowed, diarrhea followed

    This type of thing, I would personally put a call in to the vet…just peace of mind - How was his appetite this morning? That could be an indication of blockage/partial blockage.

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    Get to the vet... bully stick do not digest well and it may cause a blockage and if he does vomit it might become a chocking hazzard.... bully sticks are not good at all


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    Online says maybe petroleum jelly to help it pass? Since it's less than a day since, I'm going to monitor closely but vet if nothing soon.
    Thanks. You confirmed what I hoped wasn't the answer

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    Oh and appetite was normal. I don't know if I could curve his appetite lol it's his favorite time of day

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    I have read so many horror stories when it comes to bully sticks and rawhide, that's why I tagged an experienced member… here's a list from another dog-site that may be of some use to you during monitoring…

    "List of signs of abdominal problems and things to look for:

    Check the gums. You need to check the gums regularly while she's healthy so you know what color is normal for her. Paler than normal can mean dehydration, low blood pressure, or trouble breathing. Dry, sticky gums (instead of wet and slick) can mean dehydration. Brick red gums can mean heat stroke or the early stages of bloat. Blue means the dog isn't getting enough oxygen. White or grey gums are an emergency either with blood flow or oxygen. You can also test blood pressure by pressing the gum firmly for three seconds and then removing your finger. The spot you pressed should return to normal color in 1-2 seconds. Longer means lower blood pressure.

    Other signs of serious abdominal problems:
    • if the dog is hunched up,
    • experiencing pain in the abdomen,
    • experiencing distention in the abdomen,
    • is unwilling to move,
    • has trouble getting up or staying standing,
    • is lethargic,
    • has dull eyes,
    • appears anxious,
    • is yawning over and over,
    • is drooling abnormally,
    • is foaming,
    • is pacing,
    • is hiding in a safe place,
    • is standing with his legs wider than normal, staring ahead or at the floor,
    • or is puking or gagging on and off over the course of several hours or for more than a handful of times in a row.


    Those are all signs of anxiety and/or abdominal problems. Remember, pooping is a good sign, but it doesn't prove the dog isn't obstructed"


    keep us posted,

    also, no harm in putting in a phone call to the vet just to ask their opinion…

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    I fed him petroleum jelly and he ate it as if it tastes great lol. He's running around and no signs above... I had read that in my research. Thank you!
    I'll keep this posted

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    His poops went back to normal kind of? ...I'm hoping I'm out of the woods? We'll see.

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    Watch him closely, he could still get an obstruction from it, even several days later. As others have said, bully sticks, raw hides, pig ears and all that crap like that is a big NO NO for bullies. Hope your boy is OK.
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    Any good chew that they love? I got expensive antlers and hip bones, he doesn't bother with them.
    I'll keep an eye, I watch him very closely always and inspect him like a hover dad... he's my pride n joy! I hope he's fine.

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    Default Re: Bully stick swallowed, diarrhea followed

    Hi, you've been given good advice as usual from above members, I haven't had any experience with my guys swallowing anything sharp, but my male Bulldozer loves to eat textiles like towels, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, tennis ball fuzz, and his favourite is sweat socks, he has swallowed 4 socks in the 4 and 1/2 years that I've had him. He has luckily been able to pass them through pooping them out or vomiting. I have read though that you can give a piece of bread to coat the object so it lessens the sharpness and helps to pass it, like a buffer. You want to watch for signs of obstruction like vomiting or diarrhea, drooling from the mouth, and acting lethargic. Check his poop every time to see if he passes any pieces of the bully stick. I hope he's okay and that he passes it without any problems. Please keep us posted on how he's doing.
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    Hey thanks!
    Being a puppy lethargic is tough. He is tired any time we go out and play lol. But, no symptoms and I'd say he's normal aside from the poop last night.
    I am waiting to see one long strip of poop that will be half digested bully stick.
    Also, the good news is that the end he swallowed first was soft and mushy. Hopefully it stays that way on the way thru!

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