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Beware of Burrs

Bryan playing dead

Beware of Burrs

Bryan playing dead

What does your dog do if you play dead?

Miss Betty, the black Goldipoo I walk, did not have a fun time today. Within 5 minutes of getting to the park, she had an incident with a burr bush and was covered in them (thank you breeders for creating a dog with fur that has the characteristic of velcro). Then she started picking them off; Then one got stuck in her mouth; Then she started eating snow, and profusely licking to clear her throat; Then she vomited. The whole walk was a mess. When she finally got home I told her owners about what happened. Apparently as the day went on, she got more upset. She peed in the house (because of all the snow eating). They decided to take her to the vet. The vet wanted to test her kidneys because she peed in the house??? Plus they gave her an xray??? to determine if anything was stuck in her throat. The vet also wanted to know if she ate any onions??? I dunno what went on at the vet clinic but I’m left wondering if my clients were taken advantage of. Regardless of that, here’s my recommendation: Beware of burrs people!!! And here I thought they were just a nuisance to remove. When I got to the training school later that evening, Eileen the IADL training manager recommended for next time to douse a hunk of bread in olive oil and give it to the dog. Apparently that solves the prob of any burrs stuck in the throat and would have saved the owners a lot of money. Poor Betty.

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  • Laurie
    Posted at 15:20h, 27 December Reply

    Thank you for this posting! Our little toy poodle was behaving frantically this afternoon, licking and licking and she was very stresed. She was breathing fine but this scurrying behaviour and licking and licking was strange. I found a burr on her with some missing. I used plain cheese and she was gobbling this up. It improved somewhat yet she was continued to lick. I found this tip. She would not eat the bread but took the cheese I soaked in olive oil. She is very fussy. Getting the olive oil in with the cheese helped and she is now settled down. How bizzar! Thank You!

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