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Rawhide chew danger - $2000 + later...
On Friday, my husband and I headed out to the valley for lunch with some retired friends we haven't seen in a few years. Just as we were leaving the house, they told us that they had to take their young dog (toy breed, 14 months old) to the vet because she was vomiting all night. We were a little concerned, but they told us the vet wanted to keep her for observation, so we would still be going to lunch.
While at the restaurant, they got the call from the vet that had done x-rays and she had a blockage in the esophagus. They said they were not capable of removing it from that area and had made arrangements for her to be received at an emergency veterinary facility in Sacramento (1.5 hours north). We all jumped in the car, picked up their dog from their vet and rushed up to the hospital in Sacramento. They received a quote of $2300 (at the high end) to do additional x-rays (to make sure it hadn't moved since the last films were done), to use a scope down her throat and to try to remove it. If they couldn't remove it by that method, they would need to do surgery at additional costs. Ugh.
Thankfully, they were able to reach it by scope and pulled it back out. It was a small piece of rawhide she had broken off a rawhide chew. It was slightly larger than the size of a quarter and was blocking her esophagus.
By the way, the bill for the emergency vet was over $2000. That doesn't include the bill from their own vet for x-rays, exam and hospitalization for the morning. All this from a .75˘ chew.
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