Bulldog Swallows Part of Kong – Has Intestinal Surgery


Just wanted to give you a brief of something that happened to my bulldog, Buffy.  She managed to chew off the top of a small kong and swallowed it.

She managed to completely swallow it, it passed through her stomach and lodged about 3 inches into her intestines.  She had to have major surgery from this.

The worse part of it was how very sick she became like all at once.  She began throwing up continuously.  She had a x-ray and ultrasound and because of the kong being rubber it did not show up on these.

She was sick like this for about 4 days and then finally the vet and I decided it was time for exploratory surgery and that is what they found.

She is recovering wonderfully, but just thought I would pass this onto you.


Hi Gonde,

That’s a harrowing story.  Intense and unremitting vomiting is definitely a sign of intestinal blockage and I do hear of cases on a regular basis.  Anything from toys to stuffing to blankets to bottle caps and even rocks.

If you see a bulldog chewing on anything they shouldn’t be sure to check in the mouth and keep an eye on poop passage for a few days.  One day I saw a piece of rope in Archie’s stool and was very thankful it hadn’t lodged inside his intestines.

This is the first time I’ve heard of a bulldog being able to chew apart a Kong – I’ve always considered them indestructible.  I’m very glad to hear she’s ok now.

your bulldog pal,




  1. Lisa Coker
    December 9th, 2010 | 9:21 am

    Hi Jan,

    I just stumbled upon your blog while searching for ideas on treating a bulldog with apparent food allergies. It looks like we are doing everything we should be doing and now we are on a “wait and see” for the food trial. We are changing our English Bulldog, Mac from Nutro Ultra Holistic to Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet (Bison and Sweet Potato). Please make people aware that when you are doing a food trial – they need to be aware of everything the dog eats – treats at the vet, groomer, pet store, table scraps, etc. We are changing his treats and bought canned food to get the meds down until his infection is livable for him. He gets many yeast infections in his ears on around his wrinkles and licks his paws until raw. Don’t know why the vet didn’t mention food allergies sooner. We did have him on a good one but thought changing the protein and carbs might help figure this thing out. He is super sweet and a wonderful part of our family and we hate seeing him in pain or discomfort. I wanted to share this as I would have done this sooner had someone mentioned it to me.

    Getting to the reason I was commenting on this conversation. Years ago we had another English bulldog that suffered the same fate from a Kong. We had a friend that was also a small bulldog breeder (where we had gotten him from) and would use her as our dog sitter when traveling. He found an old Kong in the yard and ate a piece of it while at her house. A few days later we noticed the vomiting and a fever. He had emergency surgery and they had to remove about 30% of his intestines. He was given a 50-50 chance of survival. He did survive and lived another 3 years but had many health issues. He couldn’t absorb the nutrients from his food properly and wound up with liver issues and anemia. Everyone needs to take great caution with these dogs and their strong jaws and chewing capabilities. We do allow our current bulldog to have chew toys and bones but only when supervised and as soon as a piece breaks off or shows a sign of wear – they are gone from the house. My kids also keep their bedroom doors and their game room door closed so he can’t be getting into anything that would cause him harm. They are old enough to remember what we went through with Jack and don’t want to lose another.

    One last comment – have you ever heard of bulldogs having epilepsy? We had one before Jack that only lived to 18 months before he passed from a seizure. Despite being on the medication. Just wondering if that was a common issue with Bulldogs as it is in some breeds.

    Other than the allergy issue – Mac is a happy, healthy, sweet boy and our family wouldn’t be complete without him.

    Thank you for all the information and the stories!

  2. Jan
    December 10th, 2010 | 11:24 am

    Thank you for your comments. The Bulldog jaw is reported to have 2000 pounds of pressure and is a very strong vice like grip in contrast to a retriever type dog who has more of a shredding action like removing the cover of a tennis ball. So English Bulldogs must be watched with any toy no matter how sturdy it seems.

    I have heard of a few Bulldogs having epilepsy but it is not one of the common Bulldog maladies. They are prone to a “head bobbing” or nodding that is caused by low blood sugar. I have a post on it here: http://www.askbulldoghealth.com/?s=head+nodding&sbutt=Go

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