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Old 01-21-2014, 03:42 PM   #1
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Default Dog swallowed a whole perch

We rescued a dog in december. Our family's first dog. Last weekend we had her on the ice for some ice fishing and she swallowed a whole perch that was sitting on the ice in a pile of perch. Probably about 8 to 10 inches long. I wasn't next to her when it happened. The kids saw her do it and I later caught her trying to sneak off with another one. Needless to say we now put the perch in a bucket with a lid, not on the ice. I was worried that if she got sick the spines from the perch would lodge in her throat and cause damage. This was on Saturday. As of today she has not shown any ill effects and has had several normal bowel movements. Just curious, have any of you experienced this and is there any need for concern with the dog eating raw whole fish?

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Old 01-21-2014, 04:01 PM   #2
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What does the Veterinarian say? They would probably consult over phone with you. Hope puppy is well!
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Default Good idea to check with the vet...

...Agree with BaileyBecca that you should lob a call in to the Vet. Chances are, if the dog hasn't had trouble going to the bathroom or hasn't been barfing by now, you're probably OK, but it's worth a phone call. As a point of reference, our Golden has eaten, (make that, stolen), a lot of horrible things over the last 12 years, (socks, raw chicken and its packaging, most of a birthday cake, gingerbread houses 2 Christmases in a row....you get the picture ), and we were lucky that the non-digestable matter would come out one end or the other. One time she was particularly lethargic after one of her commando raids on the kitchen counter and the vet did a quick ultrasound of her belly to see if anything was stuck, but all was clear.

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Wink Oh No, NOT THIS Kind of Thread!

Out from under a Christmas tree, our 12-pound Mini-Dachshund pulled out a cookie tin covered in aluminum foil, opened it, and ate every one of a pound of Rum Balls!

We weren't delighted at her resourcefulness—plus—she appeared happy to see our return, so we weren't too worried.

Nothing happened.

The only "evidence" was found later in the back yard, which consisted of narrow strips of aluminum foil.

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First and fore most, get advice from the Vet.

This thread starts with an extreme reason for concern and immediately takes a hysterical turn. Hahaha I can only remember so well the "commando raids" and the "evidence" found later. Thanks I needed that! lol.

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If nothing else.. this post is in the running for the "strangest" title contest.
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A friend of mine had a yellow lab that would stand at the edge of the dock and watch for fish to swim by and then dive in and catch them. He then would swim back up on to the beach show everyone what he caught and then eat him. Then he would go back and do it again.
So I think it's ok for the dog to eat the fish.
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A friend of mine had a yellow lab that would stand at the edge of the dock and watch for fish to swim by and then dive in and catch them. He then would swim back up on to the beach show everyone what he caught and then eat him. Then he would go back and do it again.
So I think it's ok for the dog to eat the fish.
I've always felt that there's a genetic link between bears and dogs.

When bears are hunting for fish, they'll put their entire faces under water and stroll along river bottoms to find their next meal.



While dogs might be looking for a rubber ball instead of a fish, they'll still "hunt" the same way.

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Is there any other way to see under water, when you're swimming and your face is at surface level?
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:04 PM   #10
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Exclamation But Big Cats Do !

My point was that dogs and bears share the same hunting habits. I was about to say that cats don't have that same affinity for water, but I stumbled on a cat that apparently does like water!

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