I am glad to hear that that is the case. The reason is because bones and their shards can cause serious gut damage and lead to blockages as well. So, if she just had a bit of cartilage, then we'd be less worried about these but more suspicious of her signs being related to general GI upset from chewing/eating bits of this or related to bacterial gastroenteritis from chewing on a bone that likely covered in bacteria.
Now that aside, I do want to note that if she isn't straining/trying to go and her vet didn't palpate a gut full of stool, then constipation is unlikely. Instead, it is more likely that the lack of feces is related to the lack of eating (since little in means little out). Therefore, we need to focus on getting her eating for us.
Now the light diet options are great (though you could also try with rice and white fish, cottage cheese, or use GI sensitive foods like Hills ID or Royal Canin Sensitivity Control or Gastrointestinal), but from the sounds of it we need to address her nausea first as this is a common reason for appetite loss even without vomiting. Now if she has just seen her vet, then you can ring them about dispensing anti-nausea treatment. Otherwise, you could consider treating with an antacid. There are a number of antacids that are available over the counter and pet friendly. I would advise only treating with one, but the two I tend to recommend are:
* Pepcid (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/famotidine
* Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/ranitidine-hcl-zantac/page1.aspx)
This medication of course shouldn’t be given without consulting your vet if she does have any pre-existing conditions or is on any other medications. Ideally, it should be given about 30 minutes before food to ease her upset stomach
. Once that is on board, you will want to try and see if you can get her eating (as you have) again.
On top off all of this, you do need to keep an eye
on her hydration status. Its good that you are supplementing her but those sticky gums are a sign of dehydration creeping in. Therefore, if possible, you do want to check her hydration now. To check this and make sure she is not becoming dehydrated there are a few things we can test at home. One is whether the eyes appear sunken, if the gums are tacky instead of wet/moist (as we have), and whether she has a "skin tent" when you lift the skin. To see how to check these parameters for dehydration, you can find a wee video on this HERE. (http://www.ehow.com/video_12232503_dog-dehydrated.html). And if you are seeing any more of these signs, then we may need to speak to her vet about their potentially treating her with fluids.
Otherwise, just to touch on your syringe feeding
. I am glad that yo are and that she tolerates it, but I do need to warn you that she will need ~48ml per kilogram of her body weight each day. So, that is our goal and we may need to offer more to meet that for her. Otherwise, I would just note that you can consider using unflavored Pedialyte in place of water since it does also have electrolytes. So, we may just need to adjust your current treatment approach a wee bit.
Overall, I am relieved to hear that she didn't eat bone material itself. With that aside, we can consider the above supportive care for her. And while we could use a GI lubricant (ie cat hair ball treatment, lactulose, miralax, etc), I do suspect we have reduced feces because of her anorexia instead of constipation. Therefore, I would suggest the above to settle her stomach
and keep her hydrated until you can discuss treatment further with her vet.
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