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my 13 week old puppy just swallowed a $1 coin. emergency vet said might be ok, might not. bring her in.
does anyone know if she would be ok until i can go to the regular vet tomorrow?
er vet is 45 minutes away...
 

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that's a tough one...if it were a penny or a dime, I wouldn't be too worried...a dollar coin may be a bit large for a puppy. However, as long as you puppy can poop, it probably is ok. If I were you I would wait and go to the normal vet early tomorrow. If your puppy starts acting weird, I would go to the emergency vet tonight. Let's see what the others think...
 
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Emergency vet will xray and see where the coin is. As long as it is not lodged in the windpipe, I would imagine they would just wait and see if it passes. If stuck in the windpipe there would be coughing or wheezing in a child, so I imagine you would see the same in a puppy? It could be intermittent because it could be sideways, so any sign of coughing or wheezing, I would take him in. If it causes an obstruction, you will see diarrhea and/or vomiting, this could be any time but not necessarily tonight.
Hopefully, it will pass.
 

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General rule with kids is that if it can make it into the stomach it can usually make it through the intestines and be pooped out. I would imagine this is true for pups too. I agree with the previous post that if you see any signs of labored breathing (including coughing) take him in immediately. A dime would have been so much more reassuring!! Good luck, I hope your puppy just passes it along and is ok!
 

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Also be watchful of any vomiting. If you get an obstruction up higher, food and water will be prevented from going down.

Good luck!
 

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LINDA and everyone gave great advice.....and my daughter once swallowed a quarter :roll: we xray'd to see where it was and it took 9 days to pass thru intestines. don't know about a dogs intestines though.

please update us when you can.
and call vet if any signs of wheezing or diarrhea or vomiting occur.
 

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Yes! Please keep us updated. I have no advice...........sorry....wish I did!
 

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Well I took Libby into the er vet last night. It was a very long and expensive night! I got so much information that I didn't know about that I want to share with all of you fellow doodle lovers, but first.... Libby is ok and at the moment she's at our regular vet and will be (God willing) home on Wednsday night.
Now for the info.... :)
1. Any coins or metal that is swallowed is considered VERY SERIOUS. The worst coin that a dog can swallow is a NEW PENNY. The newer ones are made of 96% zinc which can be deadly to a dog if gone untreated. This type of metal changes their blood cells somehow and causes them to burst. The er doc said even a large dog can die from swallowing a few new pennies!!! So the first thing we did was call the poison control center to find out how much zinc was in the new presidential coin. I think it was only 6% or something very low like that.
2. Even with coins that are low in zinc and copper, if they are left in the stomach it can become and obtrusion and get lodged in the intenstines causing a lot of damage. That was the biggest concern for Libby. They said the size of the $1 coin is so big compared to her stomach and intestines that it was extremely unlikely that she would be able to ever pass it on her own.
3. If she was lucky enough to first swallow a coin w/out zinc AND somehow it didn't become an obstruction in her intestines there was still a 3rd concern. If any coin or metal object is left in stomach for a long period of time, the stomach acids will begin to eat away at it and all of the zinc, magnesium, copper, etc. will be absorbed into the liver and other internal organs which can cause shock, sickness and other complications.

Wow! I never knew any of this! I hope this helps someone else, but I also hope that all of your doodles stay safe and you never have to worry about this!
Thanks for all the replies! Thank you everyone for creating a great place like this for a new doodle mom like me to turn to!
 
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Thanks for all the info! So, did they do surgery on your baby? Take a nice well deserved rest before she comes home tomorrow!
 

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Wow..I'm assuming Libby had surgery then?

That is a lot of info that I wouldn't have known - especially about the zinc in the new pennies! Thank you so much for sharing this info. I'm sure many of us didn't know how serious this was (I for one thought size would be the biggest issue).

Glad Libby will be home soon.
 

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Well, Libby Lu is home at last! She came home last night.... and she is driving me CRAZY! :shock: don't get me wrong, I love my dog and I'm so grateful that she is okay now but i'm losing my mind. Because she is recovering from surgery (she was also spayed at the time of the coin removal) she's really limited on what she's allowed to do.
No stair climbing - no jumping up on furniture - no horseplay - no other dogs - no outside play, potty only and always on a leash - no excessive running. Is this even possible for a doodle puppy???
She's in her kennel all day while i'm at work and when i come home, she is ready to burst at the seams with all of her pent up energy! I feel like I have to say "no" to everything. She is acting like a kid on a sugar high! too excited to sit still for petting or brushing - will only play tug of war for a few minutes at best. She's reverted back to being very mouthy and biting, too. She's also really hungry because she's only allowed to eat 4 very small meals a day now which all together are a little less than her total before surgery. She still loves working on our training sessions, but only until the treats run out!
I feel bad for her because she can't help being wild - - - but it's only been 2 days and I don't know what to do with myself! Just before she was chasing the cat, so I bent down to pick up the kitty and Libby jumped on my head! :eek:
Any suggestions of calm activities she might enjoy? I cant even take her for walks yet.........
 

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hmmm...did the vet really say no walks? I am surprised at that because after ours were neutered we were able to take them on "calm" walks right away. It is very hard to keep them calm - I don't envy you.

I'm very glad to hear Libby is home and recovering.
 

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Oh, what a difficult situation! I don't normally ask for drugs to resolve a situation, but it seems like your vet is expecting the impossible of a puppy even though that's what's best for healing. I would call and ask if it would be possible to give a sedative during this important healing time. Hugs to you both! :shock:
 

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doodleallday...question: how old is your doodle now?
and why 4 small meals? just curious

also i know our doodles were calm for about 3 days after that they played alot but i monitored stairs but took nice calm walks outside
 

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Libby Lu is 14 weeks old today!
I think she is supposed to eat small meals so that her tummy doesn't get over-stuffed.
We are going back to the vet tomorrow morning for her second round of puppy shots, so I'm going to ask the vet if I could start taking her for walks again now. :?
 
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