I had a terrible experience today while changing and cleaning the bird feeders.
I had taken the old peanuts out and refreshed them as usual the dogs were running about sniffing here and there.
I went in and thinking all was well started to get ready. Saw wee Zorro ( 9month old pup) lying on top of my clean clothes. Went over to shoo him and couldnt believe my eyes! he was lying on his tummy flat out and his tongue out as far as he could get it he was panting, and very limp when I called him he didnt respond.
PANIC! I looked at him and thought at first he was frothing at the mouth but on closer inspection it was chewed up peanuts!
I looked in his mouth, but by this time he was unresponsive and couldnt stand. I was frightened to do anything as he obviously was getting a small amount of air in but just not enough.
I quickly phoned my vet who told me to meet her at surgery as quickly as possible. She wasnt sure if it was a toxic reaction to the peanuts or if one had stuck in his throat. I ran and jumped in car ( Jammies and slippers I might add)
When I got there He was taci cardic and just unresponsive. When checked he just hardly moved I was panicking!
The vet phoned the poison lab to find out if he could be suffering a reaction to the peanuts.
While she was on the phone I had to keep holding him and I talked blew at him nuzzled and rubbed at him. He gave a wee kind of burp like noise.
The vet came off phone and checked him again telling me that it has been known for dogs to take convulsions and in very rare cases liver failure after a dog eating a lot of peanuts. But emphasised that most cases it was not clear how many or if salted etc etc.
We gave him a small sip of water to see if he could swallow and lo and behold he managed to swallow. His heart rate started to come up and although he was disorientated and shaky on his legs and feeling very sorry for himself and just not very agile he seemed to be coming round.
Zorro is very small and vet is pretty sure a peanut had lodged in his throat only leaving enough room for a small amount of air to go in. but thankfully the fact I found him so quickly probably the rushing around etc has dislodged it the proper way down. ( dont want to think what if it went the wrong way or didnt move)
I had to keep him warm and near me for the rest of the night ( which is exactly what I have done) At the moment he is running about a bit better and trying to eat. his bark is not so piercing! lol
He has to be watched and hopefully he will soon be fine!
Trust me I will make sure he is nowhere near when I’m filling the birds peanut cages!
before the peanut problem!
- 23 Jan, 2011
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