Big hound has eaten corn cobs what can I do to help him pass them?

  • Background: We left 2 half finished corn cobs on our kitchen work surface yesterday - our dog has never been a counter surfer so were pretty sure he couldn't reach them on his hind legs.

    Much to our dismay yesterday afternoon we returned from work to find them completely missing with bits of corn around the living room. He had clearly eaten them.

    We called the vet and they assured us as long as he was 'passing' then it should be fine given he is a big dog, being the worrier I cant help but feel a little concerned.

    Fortunately he passed a lot of it this morning, but we still remain cautious....

    Are there are recipes or remedies to help aid this along quicker to minimise risk of any blockages or problems later on?

    Quick answer, I had a bull mastiff eat a whole corn cob in one swallow, it passed about 3 days later, dog did fine, but looked like it felt a bit ill near the end. Common sense says I should tell you to take the hound to a vet, for a professional opinion, and you should go to the vet.

    Were the cobs full sized? Any evidence that he swallowed whole or part from what has passed? If he chewed, it may not be a problem.

    We are almost certain it was 1cm sized chunks (judging from what we have seen so far). We will take him to the vet later, just to be sure - thanks for your feedback guys

    Thank you!! Just reassured me that my brother's dog devouring (chewed up, in little pieces ) most of a corn cob, being a 100# Great Pyr should be ok. Because, ditto--financially impossible for medical care.

    (Useless side comment: I can't read this question without thinking of the old joke about "my dog ate my watch -- how can I help him pass the time?")

    Corn cobs can easily cause a bowel obstruction and kill a dog- unfortunate what is the most upvoted and accepted answer Please consider unchecking the accepted answer

  • Critters

    Critters Correct answer

    7 years ago

    Corn Cobs are fairly absorbent. The best option here is to provide plenty of water and encourage your dog to drink up. The liquid will help soften the cob making it easier to pass. The hydration effect will also help the chemicals in your dog's digestive tract permeate the cob potentially helping to break it down, also making it easier to pass.

    There is nothing in a normal corn cob that is going to be toxic to your dog so there should be no worries there.

    I would also note that this does not guarantee that the cob will not become a blockage it just reduces the chance of it because the cob will be softer and easier to pass. If your dog does become blocked, or experiences bloody stool after(or before) passing the cob you should take it to a vet immediately.

    Isn't there a possibility that the corn cobs could expand as they absorb water and cause a blockage? Or do the corn cobs break down in water enough that it won't be an issue?

    @MattS. - It is always a potential. The water will minimise the chance of it. I will make that more clear in the answer.

    Corn cobs are absorbentdue to air pockets but take ALOT to break down.... The decomp alone is even up to 10x slower than corn husks and can cause air pockets (BESIDES how terrible it'd be to pass, obstructions etc like @YvetteColomb stated). Everyone's story and experience may be different but it's such a high risk to assume it'll be okay for YOUR dog. Concrete is absorbent due to air pockets too but that doesn't make it easier to digest or pass.

    @ChristyB. - "If your dog does become blocked, or experiences bloody stool after(or before) passing the cob you should take it to a vet immediately." That is word for word from the answer... It mentions they can become blocked. I have lived on farms in the middle of corn country most of my life. Dogs eat corn cobs and pieces of corn cob all the time. Its mostly just a result of chewing on them. Because they are chewing htem they mostly get broken up into small pieces that are much easier to pass than big chunks. its the big chucks that are more likely to cause an obstruction

    I was mostly trying to emphasize and add comment to @spidercat 'cause question/comment about absorbency and that assuming everything is okay is a high risk. I hope you didn't think I was knocking your answer, it was well worded..

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