Bone consumption ranks as the most common cause of intestinal blockage in dogs.

Dogs love to chew.  In the wild, chewing is a good habit, because it helps dogs reach the nutritious marrow of bones.  At home, chewing bones represents an unnecessary risk.   In the experience of Healing Springs, chewable treats and nylon bones are much safer than the real thing.

The Problem:  Bones and corncobs have a tendency to get lodged in the intestinal track.  Even when chewed thoroughly, these items can form an impaction.  Intestinal blockage kills dogs.  Fixing the problem often requires surgery which can be performed at Healing Springs.  The surgery has a high rate of success.

Recognizing the Problem:  If you know that your dog has consumed bones, corncobs, or other worrisome food items, monitor the dog’s activities diligently for the next 48 hours.  Intestinal blockage tends to become evident 24 hours after the problematic meal.  They stop eating.  They become lethargic (lazy).  They sometimes vomit.  If you recognize these signs in your pet, present the pet to your veterinarian immediately.  X-rays can help diagnose the problem.  Depending of the severity of the blockage, if it is ignored for too long, portions of the intestines can die.  Ultimately, intestinal blockage has a strong capacity for causing death.  The good news is that an attentive pet owner can usually recognize the signs in time and that the success rate for this emergency at Healing Springs is high.

Dogs love to chew.  In the wild, chewing is a good habit, because it helps dogs reach the nutritious marrow of bones.  At home, chewing bones represents an unnecessary risk.   In the experience of Healing Springs, chewable treats and nylon bones are much safer than the real thing.

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