Quincy's Mom-Vinnie too!
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Warning--Fetch with sticks
I just wanted to pass this along to anyone who plays fetch with their dogs,big or small.
My little boy's associate has a lab/retriever mixed breed that loves to play fetch. She picked up a good sized stick and threw it for him to retrieve. The stick went up in his mouth and was stuck. They pulled it out as the dog was having trouble breathing and couldn't close his mouth. She told me the stick was about the diameter of a dime/nickel and approx. a foot or so long. They rushed him to the vet but the hole is so far back there he didn't think he could actually do anything to close the hole. Evidently the hole is dime/nickel size and the stick penetrated over an inch deep. They put him on antibiotics and a pain killer. He was touch and go for awhile,but they think he is starting to come around. He does not eat,but has just started to lap up water.
I had seen something like this before on Emergency vets,and do not play with sticks at all--and I think most of our havs prefer squeaky plush toys,but I know some of you might have larger breed dogs or friends/family members you could warn.
Just wanted to pass it on---
"Behind every unstable dog is a lesson for the owner"-Cesar Millan