Posted : 1/23/2007 11:47:24 PM
typically 24 - 48 hours -- and it totally depends on the dog and the 'thing' and whether it's a partial or full obstruction.
You watch for nausea and vomiting FIRST and often a cessation of pooping (because either they will be 'empty' from the obstruction on out or it takes a while to get that way).
Often they will be completely 'normal' UNTIL the body 'fills up' from the obstruction back to the stomach -- THEN the food can't exit from the stomach and the stomach acid keeps pouring in to try to 'digest' what's there so it will leave.
A couple of years ago we had a pup who had been abused (her abuser broke her back with a broom and she couldn't walk, which was part of my 'worry'). She was completely paranoid about food (she'd been abused in more ways than one *sigh*) and she would literally 'panic' while you were trying to fix her food. And take something away? hoooooooo boy.
I gave her a bully stick -- and when I saw it was getting too 'short' I leaned over to take it and she SWALLOWED it right in front of me. About 5" of one.
I worried about that thing for days -- had her x-rayed, etc. (this dog couldn't 'stand' to poop, nor could she exercise to move things along .... sorry if that's too much information ...) but eventually it did just plain move along and by the time it exited, it was pretty well 'digested'.
That's the one good thing about what your dog took -- it is a 'natural' thing and the body will TRY to digest it if at all possible.