Is corn on the cob dangerous for my Cairn Terrier? August 23, 2019 10:43
Sadly I have to report that it can be. We have heard from one of our lovely page followers about the death of her Cairn after she swallowed a party sized corn on the cob. No one was worried when they saw the cob being chewed, the dog was enjoying it and we all know that corn is good for humans and animal alike.
The cob caused a bowel obstruction, which needed an emergency surgery, which she never recovered from. Her owner is devastated and has asked us to point out the dangers of giving dogs these cobs, which we are only too glad to do.
Research shows that corn itself is good for dogs as long as they don’t have an allergy to it. It provides protein, natural antioxidants and essential fatty acids, a great source of energy. Gardeners will be aware that this is the time of year they can harvest their corn, so there is a lot of it about.
The cob is the problem because the centre is very hard and cylindrical shaped, and if it isn’t totally chewed will get stuck in the stomach, intestine, or oesophagus. It is much more of a problem to small and medium sized dogs.
There are some warning signs that a blockage may have occurred; they include sickness, tiredness, diarrhoea, poor appetite, abdominal pain and a change in bowel movements. Dogs with intestinal obstruction can pass normal stools for a couple of days; so normal bowel movement is not an indication of no problem.
Don’t be tempted to try and induce your dog to vomit at home, (even though it is a possible course of action in the vet’s surgery), as it could pull the obstruction up and block the airways which is more life threatening more quickly. Take the dog straight to the vets if you suspect a full or partial swallowing. Also, I have heard of people trying to push blockages further down a dog’s throat. This can cause much more distress and injury and is ill advised.
Commiserations to anyone who has had a dog suffer in this way, and thank you Lindsey for bringing it to our attention.
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