Some of our dog-owning readers may have heard that question being asked by their veterinarian and/or their friends following an episode of unusual and unacceptable behavior by their family dog. That behavior is referred to as "pica," which really means that the dog is eating and swallowing substances that are not considered food. Pica frequently leads to big problems with the digestive system. Helpful Buckeye has some stories to tell you about various unusual items dogs have swallowed, some of the treatments that were necessary, and whether the dogs survived those episodes. Here's a sneak peak at one of the items:
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CURRENT NEWS OF INTEREST
1) Upper respiratory tract infection is a leading cause of illness and euthanasia for cats in animal shelters. Therefore, the Morris Animal Foundation is funding research on modifications in shelter conditions to reduce the spread of upper respiratory tract infection and other diseases in cats. That news item was reported this week by the American Veterinary Medical Association: http://www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/jan10/100115gg.asp
The Morris Animal Foundation has been involved in pet health research for a lot of years and you can follow the accounts of their efforts at: http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/
2) Dog gene for OCD could aid humans
Rottweiler Puppy Eats 8 Golf Balls
That's the headline for a news item about Wally, a young Rottweiler in Boston that found something appealing about golf balls. Read the story here, along with a nice abdominal X-Ray that shows 5 of the golf balls still in the pup's stomach: http://news.aol.com/article/puppy-eats-golf-balls/526071
Not to be outdone by Wally, Bertie, a Pointer living in England, somehow swallowed 9 golf balls. While being examined by his veterinarian, an X-Ray also showed a bullet lodged in his abdomen near the stomach. Read the very interesting news account of Bertie's experience and be sure to watch the short video at the end of the story: http://www.pawnation.com/2009/09/01/dog-survives-nine-golf-balls-and-one-bullet/?icid=mainhtmlws-maindl5link4http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pawnation.com%2F2009%2F09%2F01%2Fdog-survives-nine-golf-balls-and-one-bullet%2F
On September 29, when Keiver Guacane of Manhattan brought his five-month-old Cockapoo, Gordo, to ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, his beloved pup was in dire straits. The fuzzy, light-brown pooch was in critical condition, suffering from severe anemia and dangerously low blood pressure. ASPCA veterinarian Dr. Geruza Paiva examined Gordo, and immediately suspected the cause of the pup’s distress. “She was worried he may have eaten coins because he had hemolytic anemia—anemia due to red blood cell rupture—which can be caused by zinc toxicity from eating pennies,” says Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine at the ASPCA. “Dr. Paiva took an x-ray and saw the coins in his stomach.” The rest of this story is at: http://www.aspca.org/news/national/11-06-09.html Gordo was much more fortunate than the dogs that swallowed the golf balls. Even though he had developed an anemia, he at least didn't have to undergo abdominal surgery...and his owner was able to apply the recovered pennies to his veterinary bill!
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2) Here's a great story about a young boy in British Columbia who was saved from a cougar attack by his Golden Retriever. Go to: http://www.pawnation.com/2010/01/05/golden-retriever-saves-boy-from-cougar/ and be sure to watch the short video at the end.
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