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So today I had to take my staffy x into the vet with a suspected blocked bowel.

He has had this happen two years ago at the emergency hospital- he eats bones and they shard in his tummy- so he isn't allowed bones anymore. On Sunday night the neighbour took him for a walk and play date and he got a bone... Fast forward to today and he hasn't pooped for three days and his pop is all water and he's not eating. Took him to the vet and he's been taken over night for IV fluids and observation.

My issue is my neighbour was aware that he can't have bones, because of the previous incident and now it's happening again. I feel like saying "you should help pay my vet fee" I'm angry and upset because I'm saving so hard for my BA and now I'm up for a massive bill. I would still pay it and get the treatment but I'm just upset because she knew his history and that he couldn't have bones yet have him one and now he's suffering.

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I hope your boy will be okay, your neighbour is an idiot!

My cousin dropped my toy breed puppy on christmas day last year and she broke both her front legs requiring overnight specialist care on xmas/boxing day (including xrays) and then orthopedic surgery total costing over $7000. My cousins family never offered to pay nor did they enquire to see how she was or even apologise. It's amazing how people are quick to deny all association when there are huge bills involved. I would bet your neighbour doesn't even apologise either.

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I am an avid animal lover and dog is in the top three of my favorites, if my neighbor did that to my dog knowing what had happen before, I will get real mad at her. However, I won't get mad in front of her or say anything that show my anger towards her but I will let her know what has happened to my dog after "that day" and ask has she given any sort of bone to my dog because after "the incident", you always make sure no bone in his diet/treat and tell her how worry you are and don't forget to mention the massive vet bill that you have to pay now. With such approach, she will knows straight away what had she done (probably/hopefully she will feel guilty about it.) but at the same time you still maintain a good relationship with your neighbor.

And...I think, I won't let her come near to my dog again.

I hope your staffy get better soon.... Hugs and kisses to your Staffy and his Momma!!

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Thanks girls. She was very apologetic and she's such a lovely lady she takes him for walks with her dog and he just loves her. It's just so frustrating because it's totally preventable and were going to Sydney next week and she is looking after him... And I'm worried now?!

He will be ok- last time IV fluids help him to move the blockage it's just yeah pissing me off because of the trouble and then money as I'm a uni student and saving for my BA

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This is indeed an unnecessary expenses since it's totally preventable but still glad to hear he is going to get better! Totally feel your frustration, Kashka..... ("hugs and kisses" for you) especially you are saving money for something.

She might be forgotten about the last incident and maybe she gave her dog a bone and feel bad for not giving your dog his bone too but forgot about your dog shouldn't has any bone at all.

Just like to throw in my two cents, maybe remind her before your drop your dog off and give her some dog treats for her to give to your dog during his stay. Then at least she got something to reward your dog at least not with bone anymore.

Once I learnt from an Homeopathy Vet, if the dog shows symptoms of problem in relieving himself, the owner can mix one or two tablespoon of Olive Oil in his food. It helps to move the waste in his bowel.

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Yes I agree it was an accident I've known her for over four years and she does love Tyson and it wasn't on purpose. It's just a **** situation, that's all. She was very sorry about it when I asked her if he got a bone before I took him to the vet and she said yes and then I reminded her he can't have them and she was like "oh in so sorry"

That's actually a great idea to "pre pack" his snacks thanks for that! I wish he wasn't such a lover of food haha

oh ok I might have to try that? I just took him straight to the vet as he need fluids,.

When I was leaving the lovely girl on reception said well take good care of him and I just started crying, he is my world so having him not being home is hard. But hopefully he will be home soon and better :)

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I hope your boy will be okay, your neighbour is an idiot!

My cousin dropped my toy breed puppy on christmas day last year and she broke both her front legs requiring overnight specialist care on xmas/boxing day (including xrays) and then orthopedic surgery total costing over $7000. My cousins family never offered to pay nor did they enquire to see how she was or even apologise. It's amazing how people are quick to deny all association when there are huge bills involved. I would bet your neighbour doesn't even apologise either.

Oh wow.. I would of been furious! I don't think I could of kept my feelings to myself :mad:

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Oh wow.. I would of been furious! I don't think I could of kept my feelings to myself :mad:

I still haven't spoken to the whole family, no respect, I was more angry that they didn't care to see how she was going considering at the time I was a hysterical mess as my puppy very notably had broken her legs and couldn't walk and was only 2kg. Was very traumatizing. People are assholes including family!

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Olive Oil works to helps preventing constipation of our dogs and any early symptoms of bowel blockage caused by eating too much bones/raw bones but when the dog starts to lose fluids, you got to send him to the vet immediately. You definitely did the right thing, Kashka.

No animal could resists foods, hahaha!! I got an terrier that found a bone in a park, she held it with her own life. No matter how far I threw the bone, with her terrier's nose and determination, she just managed to get the piece of bone back. Grrrrrr..... I got a bird that will risk being chopped by the knife but still insist to steal a piece of raw meat from the chopping board. She usually stole the biggest piece of the lot but she was just a bit bigger than the finch, for Christ sake, we always told her, her eyes are too big for her stomach. Haha!!

We lost her a year ago, until now we still miss her badly, TBH, when she died, part of me had died with her. The whole experience wasn't nice at all and it surprised me that I would cried for a bird and grief for her as she only lived with us for not more than three months. I can understand your feelings when your dog is not with you and your worries but at least he is in good hands and will recover soon. He will come home to you soon. xxxx

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I am sorry to read about what your poor dog has been through. Hope recovery goes well!

How quick some of us are to judge..people are not idiots for forgetting things. It's been two years since the first instance and Kashka did not mention whether the neighbour had been reminded that the dog had issues with bones, the way I read, I am assuming not. If friends, family or neighbours are doing favours for us it is our responsibility to remind them of any issues and we need to do it regularly, don't assume people will remember, people have a lot going on in their lives and things do get forgotten.

In both instances, if they were my pets I would not expect anyone else to pay or contribute funds towards the vet bills..my pets are my family and they are my responsibility. Different kettle of fish if the dogs had been placed in a boarding kennel and such incidents had occurred. The owner would most certainly be receiving a bill for the vet bills.

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In the eyes of the law pets are seen are material belongings (even though we see them as family), if someone uses or takes your belonging it is their responsibility to look after it to their best ability. If the neighbour takes the dog for a walk often they would know the ins and outs of this dog and shouldn't need reminding. As a dog owner myself my dogs only get RAW bones under supervised occasions. If people own certain animals it is their responsibility to know what the animal can and can't have and cooked, old bones are a no no. Now saying that the dog could have gotten to the bones and swallowed before intervention in which case the neighbour should have told kashka what had happened so he could be monitored. There are 3 sides to every story.

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As Don said, there are three sides to every story. I say, it's silly to put everything that happens under the sun into black or white as there is no absolute right or wrong and lots of time there's always a grey area in every story. People aren't perfect so we can only give our opinion as subjective as we could but only the people that involve directly can decide what is the best step to take.

It's almost cruel to ask somebody to act accordingly and being reasonable when that person is going through all the emotions and worries in her mind and angry for what had happened to her fur kid especially when it is avoidable. Maybe if we have more understanding, acceptance and tolerance in the society, we will feel more loves among us.

When we being trusted by somebody with their house, their kids and their pets, we are responsible for the safety/wellbeing of what we being trusted. There are certain things/foods we cannot feed the pets under our care unless we find out from the owner first like I shouldn't feed the dog raw food if the owner only feeds the dog with dry food, I cannot feed the dog any type of bones unless I find out from the owner whether it's okay first because not every owner feeds the same type of diet.

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I'm not asking for money or anything it was an honest mistake and in not they type of person to accuse and start making a huge deal of something, especially since she is a lovely person who I honestly believe just made a mistake it's not like she did it with an intent to harm him. Like her and my family are going to a NYE party together we chat over the fence all that kind of stuff.

But I defiantly informed her about his inability to eat bones, and I'm just upset about the whole situation that's all. Only because it's an avoidable situation and the main one to suffer is my staffy, which I hate. I hate that he's spending the night at the vet and I hate I don't get to see him when I wake up.

Plus I never want him to go through this, it's not a pleasant thing to have IV and had thermometers placed in odd places.

I think next time I will have a chat with her and go over some things just so she is aware that staffys are a little different and then hopefully this doesn't occur again

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Personally if I made a mistake like that, I would help pay to cover the costs. Not pet related, but I once spilled alcohol in the boot of a friend's car and offerred to pay for it to be fixed. She didn't accept my money but I think if you're at fault the least you can do is offer to fix it/cover some of the cost.

I feel so bad for your doggies :( I know how horrible it would feel to see your pet go through the pain as well. It's not just the money - seeing a loved one go through that would be the worst.

It's always good to give people a list of concerns if they board your pet though. I usually write up a really strict feeding schedule and everything because I'm super paranoid :)

Don - how horrible! Your poor little pom :( was it a kid who dropped your pom? I hate kids around my little guy. Toy breeds are NOT teddybears that can be dropped/played rough with! My pom hates kids and growls, so at least I don't have to worry because he scares them off :)

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One of my poms doesn't like kids and she runs away but the other one (who was dropped) has the sweetest nature and just wants to lick everyone (babies, adults, strangers, anyone human). It was a 13 year old, old enough to know but they had been told many times not to touch her and to hold her sitting on the couch (she is seriously tiny). Lesson learn. She's full recovered now but still loves kids but I wont let them hold her too risky.

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Hey girls!

My boy came home yesterday :) very relieved and happy to have him back.

Turns out it was infant the bone that had caused him to become constipated and blocked- and the neighbour was so sorry for giving it to him.

He was on IV and fluids and on Friday the vet was going to do an enema on him as he still wasn't pooping. However Saturday morning he did two big poos and continued to do so all day so we collected him sat afternoon and he came home :)

he is NEVER allowed bones again and the vet even suggested putting him on a soft food diet from now on as he must have tummy issues. All in all he's is ok- he came home with a little doggy bone bandage around his foot where the IV has been and he looks so cute. I'm happy to have him home.

Surprisingly the vet hill was very cheap- it came to over $850, last time this happened I had to pay $2,700... So I'm really happy about that too

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Delighted to know he is fine now, must be an big relieve for you.

Wow, that's a big difference btw 850 and 2700. However, it's not about the money, it's the unnecessary suffering that being put onto our fur kid. Any pet parent will has their heart breaking into pieces seeing their fur kid suffered so much.

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