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Love My Murray

Last night was rough.  Around midnight I tossed Murray his usual bedtime Milk-Bone half that he splits with Piper.  He knows this is his signal to get off our bed and settle into his dog bed.  He happily started munching away.  A few minutes later, chaos set in.  He was climbing on me, pawing me and looking very much like he was struggling.  I quickly deducted that part of the bone must have become stuck in his throat.  He was breathing, but not real well (on and off gulping/swallowing air), and he was in a panic for sure.  It was very difficult to keep myself calm.  As I have written before, when I get nervous, Murray gets frantic, so I did my best.  Jamie and I were up until 2am searching the internet about what to do.  Murray drank some water, but the gasping, choking thing he was doing just wasn't stopping.  When he went outside he gulped grass.  Every scary scenario went through my head.  I massaged his throat, rubbed his back and Jamie even (sorta) tipped him upside down.  I was not sure whether we wanted to get the bone pushed down or brought up by making him vomit.  I ended up giving him a Pepcid (he has had that before with past stomach issues) and we tried to settle him in bed with us.  When he relaxed a bit, he seemed to breathe better.  So, from 2am to 4am we rested.  At 4am he got up once again in a gasping panic.  Again, we got some water, went out and ate a bunch of grass, and tried to quietly settle down again.  Thank GOD this was the last of it.  He slept soundly from 4am on.  Me?  Not so much.  I was up regularly checking his breathing (and hugging and kissing him).  Now let me say at this point that our emergency vet is at least an hour drive away, and my local vet opened this morning at 9am.  I couldn't imagine getting him overly ramped up and making him ride all that time the way he was.  I was ready to be at our local vet's door first thing in the morning if need be.  Luckily, we got up at 9am and everything was back to normal.  No more grass eating, no more choking noises or gulping air.  He did get a scrambled egg breakfast, which he loves, to help ease his throat.  He has been thoroughly exhausted today, but all seems to be good.  He may have to sleep in bed with us one more night :)  I still don't know if the bone got partially stuck or just scratched the crap out of his throat on the way down, but either way, I am so very grateful he's his happy little self tonight.       


  1. Whew, Yes lets don't do that again, scared us and we weren't even there, so glad he is ok. We do see the very important part of sleeping in the bed again ALL NIGHT.

    Take good care of our pal
    Susie & Bites

  2. I was holding my breath through your whole post--What a scary thing to have happen, and I know this because we have had this happen as well. We are also about an hour from the emergency vet, and have hoped we are doing the right thing by staying put--We have, and I'm glad that you were able to as well, and Murray was and is okay!!

    I hope you're able to get a little bit of rest!

  3. OMD, that must have been so very scary for you and Murray. We get a milkbone at bedtime too. Now Mom is going to be watching us closely to be sue we chew them well. We hope that is the end of that happening at your place. Whew - so glad there was a happy ending.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

    Pee Ess, you were very observant about Phantom. His eyes are dead giveaways as to how he is feeling. He had a tough week last week and his eyes just looked so sad and out of it.

  4. Oh my gosh, so scary. Last night Foley got a big piece of General Gau's chicken by accident and she gagged a few times but got it down. We have learned the putting your fingers just above the breast bone and pushing up can dislodge from the throat. Thankfully have never had to do that. Am very glad that Murray is OK. Hope you sleep tonight.

  5. Murray....please don't ever do that again. You really scared your pawrents. I'm glad you're OK now. And I just heard Mom say "No more Milk Bones fur me" :o(

  6. I am so glad that everything turned out ok, I wish they could talk and tell us. Sleep well tonight, all of you :)

  7. Oh man, I got nervous just reading your post...what a horrible thing to have to go through (both for you guys and Murray)!! Poor guy...give him a lick for me! No more crazy night stuff for you!! Please take care!!

  8. I agree with Goose, reading that post made me all nervous. I'm glad Murray's all better now <3 Mommy always knew never to trust milk bones!

  9. OMD OMD OMD I would have been so nervous also. I am so glad that this morning everything seemed back to normal. I would give him some extra huggies tonight too :)

  10. Woof! Woof! Glad everything is all right with you Murray. That's for sure scary. When the treat is big, my mom usually breaks it apart ... so try that next time. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  11. Maybe downsize the Milk Bones too. I give Stella a Milk Bone every night too, but I make it a small one.

    We are very happy that Murray got over whatever it was and won't do that again (I bet he promised!)


  12. So scary. We get cookies at bed time, too.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  13. Oh what a scare and thank God Murray was OK. Take it easy today all of you. I once got a piece of pigs ear stuck in my throat and peeps had to man handle me and stick her hand in my mouth all the way down to get it out. I also got a piece of twig stuck in the roof of my mouth and peeps had to chase me round the park to get hold of me and then remove it. What a sight. Really glad all is well. Have a super Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  14. That's always scary - thankfully the Milk-bones will eventually dissolve on their own. We had a friend who's pup choked on a piece of carrot and he had to have emergency surgery.


  15. Poor Murray we are so glad he is ok. I (mom) has had the same thing happen to me. I choked on a vitaming, of all things. I did feel rough for a few hours and my throat was very sore from the scratching of having the vitamin partly stuck.

    urban hounds

  16. Hey Murray, Jet here.

    OMD, so deeply relieved to read that he's ok. We hope you all get some rest. We cannot imagine how frightened you all were.

    Sending Jetty kisses and JJ hugs for the whole family.

  17. Thank goodness Murray is OK now!!! That would be very scary. Me and Stanley checked the Internets and we found this:

    "all dogs should sleep with their peeps and if there isn't enough room then the peeps should buy a bigger bed. This will prevent choking."

    So that is the advice we can give you. Oh, and if your throat is sore, ice cream is the ONLY thing that will take away the pain and discomfort. Ice cream in bed will be the very best. Please let us know if you need further advice cuz we are happy to help.

    Your friends,

    Murphy & Stanley

  18. We were splitting one milkbone between both boys. Now we are doing one small one a piece. Thank you for your kind words. We are very happy all turned out well.


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