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    Need some advice - dog swallowed sewing needle

    My 5 year old lab just swallowed a standard 2" inch sewing needle with a short length of string threaded through the eye. She was sitting at me feet chewing on something - which is not uncommon. I look down to see the sharp tip of the needle sticking out of her mouth. By the time I manage pry her now locked jaws open, it's gone......damn it!
    I've done some searching on the interwebby and the knee jerk reaction from pet owners is to take the dog to the vet, get x-rays and the gut cut open. However, some people that work with or are vets have posted that chances are it will pass naturally and you only have to worry if the dog stops eating/drinking or behavior changes.
    Since we have so many pet owners here, I'd like to get the input here.
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    Not worth the risk. Go to the vet.
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    if it perforates an intestine, you wont have a lot of time to do anything for your friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLYDE View Post
    vet NOW
    x2, dunno why this is even a question
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    No question, vet immediately.
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    Vet, it could get expensive quick though.

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    Thanks to those that actually offered advice. Just got back from the vet ER with good news. They took a set of xrays to confirm the needle was in there. The dr. said more often than not, a dog of this size would simply pass the needle, but the thread complicated matters. The two options offered were induced vomiting or surgery. We opted for the vomiting since the risks were low and if it didn't work, surgery would have been needed anyways.
    The technique worked without any damage and now were back home safe and sound and $300-odd lighter in the wallet.
    Thanks again for the guidance guys!

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    good deal, 300 well spent. When you consider what a friend is worth

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    Wow...kinda shocking to hear that they would let it pass or puke it up! Seems to me like theres alot of tight passages and really fleshy areas it could get snagged in....

    Either way, glad to hear everything worked out fine!
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    You got off easy at $300. My German Shorthair ate a dish towel once and several THOUSAND dollars later he was back home and doing well.

    Glad to hear the pup is OK.
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    Glad it turned out well.

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    I know hindsight is always 20/20, but I'm still kicking myself for not putting the needle away when I saw it on the coffee table this morning or being able to get to her fast enough before she swallowed it.
    My wife put it in perspective by saying that had I not seen her swallow it, we would have never known. And things could have been a lot worse.

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    A friend's italian greyhound (small dog) just died last week from swallowing a string that became entangled in her insides.

    I'm SO glad your buddy is OK!! When in doubt, ALWAYS call the vet. Sometimes even a few minutes can cost them their lives.
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    BTW...if they would have done surgery, it would have been about $2k. I guess in the end, we have done whatever it takes as our dogs are our kids at this point in our lives. I really shouldn't have even thought about not taking her to the vet.
    I'm really beginning to think if pet insurance may be prudent on her. She has not been cheap (knee surgery, ear infections, and this), but our mutt from the pound is bullet proof. Nothing wrong on him beyond regular check ups and vaccinations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by husker267 View Post
    BTW...if they would have done surgery, it would have been about $2k. I guess in the end, we have done whatever it takes as our dogs are our kids at this point in our lives. I really shouldn't have even thought about not taking her to the vet.
    I'm really beginning to think if pet insurance may be prudent on her. She has not been cheap (knee surgery, ear infections, and this), but our mutt from the pound is bullet proof. Nothing wrong on him beyond regular check ups and vaccinations.
    The closer the lines are bred the more health problems.

    Pet insurance for pet's that you would do anything to save is a good value.

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    Damn dogs! Glad to hear yours is okay.

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    So glad she's ok! I sew a lot and I sweep my sewing room about 3-4 times per project. I'm so paranoid they'll find a needle or pin or thread I've missed.
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    I would have fed it couple magnets....Just kidding.

    I started an emergency "pet" savings accout a couple years ago that get 25 bucks a month for this exact instance. I have recently spent almost 1k on my horse and that was just for 2 visits to the vet. My pets are worth it too.
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    Glad she's ok, way late in the thread but you definitely did the right thing, my wife being a vet tech sees these all the time.. they almost always just let them pass... but you don't want to be the one that needed it dealt with right away! Always better safe than sorry...

    Good job going to the vet and laying out the cash... well worth it.
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