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Our 5 yr old doodle Maggie is eating garbage, counter cruising and most confusing, is chewing/eating my daughter's underwear and pants! (yes, teenagers, dirty clothes on floor). While we are all trying to keep items off the floors/counters...Maggie still finds any opportunity to scarf down what she can! We think she is a GOAT..anyone else have this experience with their adult Doodle?

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Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on January 23, 2011 at 11:29am

Crating him is the best thing you can do for him if you are not going to be there to watch over him.

I'm so glad to hear that he is home with his family. He will recover so much faster surrounded by all of his loved ones.

Please keep us posted of his recovery.

I so fell in Love with your 2 boys when I saw your profile picture. They are like living teddy bears.

Comment by Michelle Maughan Swan on January 23, 2011 at 10:35am

he's seems to be on the road to recovery,although I'm still pretty nervous about it. 

When we arrived home yesterday he seemed a bit more energetic,because he was glad to be in his own element again,but I think just the activity of walking around the house,up and down stairs has tired him out. He ate his portion of food this am with no problem ,and he's on Tramadol,a pain med for the next 7 days,but I think he tires easily and we'll have to make sure we monitor his activity level the next couple of days. He did have a BM last night (finally) which looked pretty normal,so it seems those parts are working well. I'm thinking about crating him if we have to go out because I'm a bit leery of leaving the two boys alone for fear of Phinn trying to encourage him to "play" and separating them would be hard unless I can crate him for a bit of time....

Comment by Phyllis Kandul on January 22, 2011 at 9:42pm
thanks so much. i will now know what to watch for. eloise seems to like plastic mostly. the flower pots i had in back of the garage. i didn't realize she would actually eat them
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on January 22, 2011 at 7:30pm
How is Seamus doing today?
Comment by Michelle Maughan Swan on January 22, 2011 at 6:35pm

 Hi there Phyllis,

He vomited a few times, and there were pieces of "stuff" there that wasn't food..which wasn't unusual for Seamus,unfortunately. He became a bit sluggish and just looked like he didn't feel good. That was Monday...

Tues. am, he refused to eat and when I tried to coax him with a treat, he finally ate it reluctantly,and almost immediately threw that up, took him to the vet, who thought it was a GI bug. seemed to be on the mend Tues night into Wed.even ate a bit Wed am. When I attempted to feed him that evening, he refused, and then projectile vomited anything that was in there from the morning,even water. Wed night he was restless and after bening up with him from 3:00 am I called the vet back. She told us to take him to the hospital in Ithaca, which is a 50 minute car ride. After a battery of blood tests, x-rays, and ultrasound, we were told he had a gastric foreign body that had to be removed surgically,they couldn't scope him ,because they though there was  more than one thing possibly. They removed a sock, and a piece of hard plastic that was approx. 2"x4"-still don't know what that was- and had to leave him there for 2 days. 

I will say that he had been dropping a bit of weight over the past month or two, and that it could have been a result of these things bouncing around in his stomach. We don't know how long this stuff was in there, but it could have been awhile we were told. I am also going to look into Pet Insurance also, because Seamus has a brother as well.

A very scary and expensive lesson to all of us about making sure the dirty laundry GETS INTO the hamper and not on the floor,or it ends up IN THE DOG.

This cost us THOUSANDS of dollars, (We ended up having to finance this experience) and I know that there are others with  the mindset that it was a lot of money to invest.

I feel that it was our fault that this occurred, and we didn't do our best to protect our otherwise very good almost 3yr. old  boy, and it was the very least we could do. 

Make sure your garbage cans are under the sink, or have lids, and if necessary copy this post and put it in on your fridge so your family will see it. Good luck with Eloise...

                                                       -One Very Grateful Mom

Comment by Phyllis Kandul on January 22, 2011 at 11:23am
what were his symptoms. eloise eats plastic like crazy
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on January 21, 2011 at 9:38pm

Oh No! I am so sorry to hear about Seamus, this is terrible. I'll be thinking of you and his fast recovery. You must be worried sick. 

This kind of thing happens more often than you think and yes it is costly. Your daughter must feel terrible.

Pet insurance is a great idea.

Give Seamus a big hug when you see him next.

Comment by Michelle Maughan Swan on January 21, 2011 at 8:36pm


We just learned a VERY SCARY, and VERY EXPENSIVE lesson about this very subject.

Our Seamus,who will be 3 in March, just had surgery yesterday to remove a gastric foreign body (GFB). Actually ,there were two foreign bodies, a sock ,and a piece of hard black plastic-I have no idea what that was-that they found inside his stomach. He has had socks leave his body in both directions (enough said about that) in the past,and I have been consistantly nagging our daughter about picking up her dirty clothes, or closing the door to her room. Well, unfortunately, my comments were falling upon deaf ears until this week, when had to experience this ordeal. Seamus is still in the hospital, an hour away, as I write this. The last update that I received, he seems to be interested in the feedings they are administering to him, and he's keeping the food down, so I'm hopeful that tomorrow we will get a better idea of when we will be able make the trip to take him home!

I hope your teens get a chance to read this post, if it helps them be more vigilant about picking up,it will save you a lot of money, I'm talking THOUSANDS of dollars,here, (We had to finance this whole episode, BTW) and, it was a very scary couple of days beforehand trying to figure out what his problem was. I also know that this is the type of thing that can recur, so this household is resolved to be clutter -free !

I am also going to look into pet health insurance, as we have two doods, I love them both, and they are very much family members to us...Good Luck

Comment by Gail Sohns on January 10, 2011 at 2:35am
Lucy steals socks and shoes, but hasn't chewed them since she was a puppy (she's also 5).   She does, however, take sandbox toys when our grandkids are over and chews them up.    She's also been known to take small plastic toys that belong to the kids and will chew them up as well.   I think for her, it's mostly an attention getter.    When she has a sock, she'll parade in front of us to get our reaction.    We do have to keep food away from the edge of the counters.   Before Christmas, she ate most of a batch of shortbread cookies that were cooling on the counter.   She has also eaten half a processed ham we left on the counter (removed the foil and ate the ham), and has been caught slurping grease out of a can I hadn't put in the fridge yet.    Oh yes, she's also completely drained the cooled water out of a pan of boiled hot dogs (she couldn't quite reach the hot dogs that were left in it).    I have to say, she's quite entertaining!
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on January 7, 2011 at 8:27am
I buy my Doods the Nyla Bones.......Make sure you get the one for adults and not puppies though.

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