Remedy For Eaten Glass, Cotton Ball Remedy

What do you do if your puppy (or mischievous older dog) gets into your
holiday decorations and eats some of the glass ornaments? This potentially
lethal mishap can darken even the brightest holiday season.


Before the holiday go to a pharmacy and buy a box of cotton balls. Be
sure that you get cotton balls not/the "cosmetic puffs" that are made from
man-made fibers. Also, buy a quart of half-and-half coffee cream and
put it in the freezer. Should your dog eat glass ornaments, defrost the
half-and-half and pour some in a bowl. Dip cotton balls into the cream
and feed them to your dog. Dogs under 10 lbs should eat 2 balls, which you
have first torn into sma! ller pieces. Dogs 10-50 lbs-should eat 3-5 balls,
and larger dogs should eat 5-7. You may feed larger dogs an entire cotton
ball at once. Dogs seem to really like these strange "treats' and eat them
readily. As the cotton works its way through the digestive tract it
will find all the glass pieces and wrap itself around them. Even the
teeniest shards of glass will be caught and wrapped in the cotton fibers and
the cotton will protect the intestines from damage by the glass. Your
dog's stools will be really weird for a few days and you will have to be
careful to check for fresh blood or a tarry appearance to the stool. If
of the latter symptoms appear you should rush your dog to the vet for a
checkup but in most cases, the dogs will be just fine.

An actual experience: I can personally vouch for the cotton ball
treatment. While I was at the vet waiting for him to return from lunch a
terrified woman ran in with a litter of puppies! who had demolished a wooden
crate along with large open staples. The young vet had taken x-rays, which
did show each of the puppies had swallowed several open staples. He was
preparing them for surgery when my wonderful vet came in and said no
surgery. I watched him wet several cotton bails, squeeze out the water
and pop them down their throats. Within 24 hours every staple was accounted
for. This was a lesson I learned in the mid-1960s and have had to use
several times on my brats. I wet the cotton bails and smear on some
and they bolt it down and ask for more. The cotton always comes out with
the object safely embedded

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