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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-14-2018, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Momi and Popi are staying at daughter's house, baby-sitting her dog while she spends a few days in Belgium/Germany for the Christmas holiday. We take the two dogs for walkies twice a day. The weather is nice, in the 60's. The area we walk has lots of palm trees that fruit this time of year. Even though we had both dogs on a leash, we weren't watching Ricky closely enough and he gobbled up one of the fruits that had fallen on the ground. It was a yellow/orange color the size of a large grape. I could see he had the whole thing in his mouth and I gave him the "drop it" command. What did he do? He swallowed it whole! I know that some palm fruit are poisonous to dogs. So we hurried home and I searched for a local pet hospital on the Internet that was open. Luckily, I found one that was about 6 blocks away, loaded Ricky into the car with me, put a duplicate fruit I had collected in my pocket and rushed over. Fortunately, they were not busy. The vet came to the front counter and I related my story in a panic and showed her the fruit. She laughed and said this happens all the time. She said the fruit was from a King Palm (in this case about 20 feet tall). She said the fruits are NOT poisonous to dogs. She said the ones that are lethal are the 4 feet tall Sego Palms. She said that in rare cases, there could be a bowel blockage which would require expensive surgery. She said to watch if he poops regularly and that he doesn't start regurgitating his food. Five minutes and we were out of there - much relieved.

Ricky ate his breakfast and dinner tonight like he hadn't eaten in a week!......and wanted more. And he has been a regular pooping machine today. But we will continue to watch him closely.........and choose a different walking route tomorrow! We will also be revisiting our "drop it" command!

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What a scare! It is fortunate that you found a vet close by and open! I'm glad that (probably) he is going to be all right with no harm done. It is terrifying when things like that happen!!

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Oh boy I can relate. Quincy is brutal for putting things in his mouth. In the fall there are a lot of ornamental fruit trees here and some areas are so bad with decaying fruit I have to walk out on the road to get around it. Even if the dogs were perfect about not eating it their paws would be covered in the gooey mess.
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Happy to hear that Ricky is ok.
I like to keep the phone numbers, hours & locations of emergency very visible in my kitchen. I also have located exactly where they are when I've been out and around.
I hate going to emergency but it is best to be prepared as to where to go if the need arises. One of my friends did not call in advance to let them know she was coming and the place was closed. She had not checked their hours and thought she could just go there since her vet was closed. She was alone with a very sick dog and terrified. She had to go to another location 30 minutes away.
Best to be on the safe side and be prepared!!
Ricky is a lucky dog to have you looking out for him.
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Oh boy! Ricky, what are we going to do with you! Stop picking up yucky things!



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Glad to hear Ricky is ok. Phoenix would do the same thing. Little rascals!!

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Keep pooping Ricky!
(glad to hear he's a-ok)
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Ricky!!! Don’t scare Momi and Popi that way! (Although Kodi has done it too! &#128521


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Years ago my Rottie puppy, at about 3 months old, found a chipmunk that the cat just conveniently left. As I moved toward him to get it away, he made one reposition move with his mouth from side to side to front to back & down the hatch. It shouldn’t have been possible for him to swallow it whole, but he did. The country vet laughed & said just keep an eye on him. OK. He was fine after all. Dogs can indeed make you crazy sometimes.
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Years ago my Rottie puppy, at about 3 months old, found a chipmunk that the cat just conveniently left. As I moved toward him to get it away, he made one reposition move with his mouth from side to side to front to back & down the hatch. It shouldn’t have been possible for him to swallow it whole, but he did. The country vet laughed & said just keep an eye on him. OK. He was fine after all. Dogs can indeed make you crazy sometimes.
I have a friend who had a lovely Australian cattle dog. When we were out on walks and went through a field, he would, stalk, then POUNCe and come up with a mouse. He'd bring it over to show us, then toss it WAY up in the air, catch it and swallow it in one gulp. LOL!
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