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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My husbands working dog swallowed a ball,squash size,he is

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My husbands working dog swallowed a ball,squash size,he is a Lab cross,the vet has give him parrafin to help it pass.Is it not too big to get through his bowel?
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I would be concerned about even a large breed dog's ability to pass a ball the size of a squash ball (4cm diameter) through the small intestine. If the ball remained in the stomach, I would schedule scoping (endoscopy) in an attempt to manually remove it. If it has already passed into the small intestine as evidenced on an X-ray, it needs to be carefully watched by repeat X-rays to see if it's moving through the small intestine or has lodged. The initial indication of obstruction is vomiting and anorexia and if those symptoms arise, surgical removal of the ball will be necessary. I agree that Jack should be monitored at night. An obstructed dog can become critically ill quickly.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you we got hold of the vet who attended to him eventually tonight. This dog is a prison service dog and so is not with us. The vet said he will ship him out in the morning for scoping and pssibly surgery if that is not successful. Fingers crossed all ok overnight all well so far. Thank you for your reply. I am a nurse and was worried the parafin although gentle would move the ball out of the stomach and then cause an obstruction.

Your concern was apt. I'm pleased to hear that the vet attended to him.

I'm going to check back with you in a few days for an update. Feel free to return to our conversation - even after rating - prior to my contacting you if you wish.
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Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.

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May I have an update on Jack, please?