Ah bread, the staff of life. Savior of dogs. Except when it isn't baked. Raw dough is a real problem. Why might you ask? I know I love to nibble on dough when I am baking. Well, next time you're nibbling, think of what is going on in the dough. Yeast, water, carbohydrates... The mixture yields what?
Now remember the radiology lesson. This dog is positioned the same way. Less of the lungs are in the picture towards the left. Less metal wire too. But look at all that gas in the intestines. Right, the dough (an entire bowl of doughnut dough) is rising in this dog's intestines. The carbon dioxide from the yeast is making the intestines distended with gas. Oh, and that's not all. Beer lovers will know that carbon dioxide is not the only product of yeast and grain. That's right, this dog was as drunk as a skunk. We tried to get her to vomit up the dough, but most of it was out of the stomach. So, IV fluids and supportive care was all we had to offer. This case was this weekend, so it isn't over yet, but so far things seem to be coming out OK.
Keep these stories in mind for the rest of the holiday season. Dog food for dogs, cat food for cats, raw dough for, well really no one and wire for electricians.
Happy New Year.