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So, we have had Maddie for nearly a month now, and about a week ago she started having diarrhea. We took her to the vet the next day and soon found that she had eaten a staple!! Where she got it, I have no idea, but they had to operate to get it out-there was concern that it might puncture her intestine. So now my poor puppy has headgear to prevent her from licking her stitches and her little ribs are sticking out because she is on a special diet (2 tablespoons of food every few hours)
Although the vet assured me that this happens all the time with puppies, I feel absolutely terrible, like we are awful pet parents. Has this ever happened to anyone else? We've vacuumed the house top to bottom and blocked off certain rooms with baby gates, but I'm so scared it's going to happen again. Any ideas?

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Oh, I'm so sorry you all had to go through that! Abby and I hope she has a speedy recovery /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/yay.gif
The best way to puppy/baby proof is to get down on your hands and knees, crawl around, and look for things that could entice, or pose a hazard to a puppy (or in my case baby)...seriously.
Being down on their level puts a whole new perspective on things.
 

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I hope she starts to feel better soon, how long is she on that diet for? Can you maybe increase it so she gets the food a little more often? As for how to make sure it never happens again, all you can do is completely puppy proof your house, same way you would if you have a baby. If you have clutter, pack it away, anything that can fit into her mouth will likely go in there. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif

Good luck and keep us posted on her recovery.
 

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Just chalk it up to Murphy's Law! Similarly, a few weeks after I got Toby, my friend was sitting with him because I had to go out of town. Playing in the backyard he got bitten by something and his snout swelled up to the size of his head. My friend had to take him to the emergency vet. $500 later...we never knew what bit him or what he got into, but he has had a scar on his snout ever since. I assume the scar is to remind me that I wasn't there!

Now that I am a mother, I find it's the same with a baby! Take it in stride, do what you can and know that you just can't control EVERYTING!

Belly rubs to Maddie and get well soon!
 

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Poor Maddie! I will echo what everyone else has said, don't beat yourself up too hard. I agree with Jamie, get down on your hands and knees so you're on "their level." It's amazing how much more you find from that level.
 

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Thank you all for your advice and kind words! After crawling on our hands and knees for half an hour picking up anything that might entice Maddie, I've come to the conclusion that my house is now cleaner than it has been since we moved in!
The first two days after surgery were a little scary, as she was on pain meds and really out of it. Now though, she's just about back to her old self (minus the headgear she has to wear). She's able to eat more so she is filling out again, and I don't feel like I'm starving her! We miss our long walks in the park, but next Friday she gets her stitches out!
It's been quite an ordeal, and an interesting (and expensive) induction into dog ownership. We've learned our lesson! The important thing is that she is on the mend. No more staples Maddie!!
 

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Our late Beag Franny chewed a safety razor blade into 5 pieces and swallowed it. By the time she got to surgery they had already started down her i-track so they decided to wait and see. She passed everything fine. I have a feeling all the x-rays they took during this time caused her cancer a few years later /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif

Anyway, once you become a veteran beagle owner you'll realize it has nothing to do with what kind of mother you are /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif
 
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