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Discussion in 'Raw Food Diets' started by destinoscelgo, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    Yesterday I had some family over and to keep the dogs occupied, I gave them their dinner a bit earlier (I feed them randomly throughout the day, so it's not really a big deal on the time) and a cow foot to keep them occupied.
    Willow gets a bit anxiety when other people are over so I tried to keep her as entertained as possible. However later on that night I realized that she was hacking a lot...like a cough. It wasn't too bad and I checked her out to make sure it wasn't bloat. I also looked down her throat the best I could to see if maybe during her excitement maybe something got stuck...nothing that I can see.

    Has this ever happened to your dogs? Should I let it play out a bit before going to the vet? She is doing it still this morning,...probably about the same consistency in hacking...=/
  2. First, she is a beautiful dog =)

    I just had Hudson at the vet for hacking and throwing up. I gave it a little less than a week before I decided to take him in. Turns out allergies have gotten to him, as they do a lot of pitbulls. He was diagnosed with a staph and upper respiratory infection. They gave him some antibiotics and he is doing better. He also had some spots that looked irritated on his back and the vet said it was all related to the staph.

    Also, maybe Willow scratched her throat in the excitement.
    You will know when to take her to the vet, she will let you know. When Hudson's hacking got worse, I said thats it I'm getting him in first thing tomorrow.

    Hope this helps a little =)
  3. monkeys23

    monkeys23 GRCH Dog

    She was probably eating and chewing the stuff a lot less carefully and more quickly because she was nervous. If she's that nervous I would not feed her when you have people over again. Just keep an eye on her and it wouldn't hurt to feel her throat and make sure you can't feel anything. I'd wait a little and see if it improves, if not go in tonight.
  4. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    Well it has actually gotten a bit worse =/ so I called the vet and they can take her in tomorrow early afternoon. I'm not *too* worried lol I'm actually more curious as to what I'm going to tell the vet when they ask how it happened. May as well see how he reacts to me feeding raw right? ha ha ha

    Anyway...thinking back...I gave her a turkey neck as a recreational chew later on that night and she wouldn't touch it...so it is probably really bothering her =( I'll probably start giving her kongs with PB in them from now on
  5. teck2200

    teck2200 Puppy

    Hope she feels better :D
  6. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    I've never fed a cow hoof but is there a chance for them to splinter?
  7. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    Thanks me too =)

    I have no idea. I've been giving them without an issue...I posted about them before I fed them and nobody mentioned it =\
  8. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    I have no idea. Never seen one much less fed one.

    I hope it's nothing. Has she been around any other dogs besides Raj in the past week or 2?
  9. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    In her OB class...but I don't let her near the dogs and I'm pretty sure they are all vaccinated...no irresponsible owners...from what I can tell at least...Raj isn't coughing or anything...yet. I'll mention it to the vet tomorrow. Ughhhh damn dog is killing me.
  10. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Do you have a thermometer? Can you take her temp? Vaccine or not, that doesn't stop dogs from contracting Kennel Cough. It's like the common cold for dogs.
  11. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    Yeah true...I only have the baby thermometer so I would reallllly rather not use that lol. She seems alright so far...I think it would be too much of a coincidence for it to be anything BUT the cow hoof..she probably got too excited or something. I hope
  12. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Can you run to the store and get a 2nd thermometer to check the dog? I mean if she's got a high temp, I'd put money on KC.. In that case, you really just ride it out unless you want to get a cough suppressant from the vet.
  13. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    True. I'll have Patrick pick one up on his way home. The way Willow eats though...I still wouldn't be shocked lol
  14. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Yea but if you can save a vet trip....
  15. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    Yeah I'm going to do that tonight. I do NOT want to go to the vet if I don't have to..here's how it could go...
    "Well..it seems to me Willow has a piece of cow hoof in her throat...how does this happen?? Does she hunt cows?" Lmao
    I'll just tell him haha
  16. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Lol you can buy hooves from Petsmart.. Anything you can buy from Petsmart is okay by most vets :rolleyes:
  17. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    Can you really?? I bought...real ones lol. I usually only see pig ears but after the last recall on them I will never buy them from a pet store. Maybe from a butcher
  18. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    One of the local grocery stores I use sells pig ears.
  19. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    Yeah that I would think to be better...pretty sure the pig ears you get at petco and the like are treated with god knows what.
  20. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    I wouldn't doubt it. Really don't by anything from there except toys and poo bags.

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