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I am sorry to hear you are worried about your Shih Tzu. How long ago did he get it? How big was it?
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How is he acting?
If this were my own dog, I would probably either try to induce vomiting to see if it will come back up, or I would use an endoscope to go into the stomach through her mouth and try to grab it and pull it back out. I would probably take an Xray to see what position it is in, before inducing vomiting.
If the bone passes into the intestines, it may cause a blockage, and have to be surgically removed. It depends on how big the bone is, and how big your dog is. Some bones will pass if they are short enough and the dog is big enough.
He cannot digest a bone. It has to pass or be removed.
12 cm is pretty big. If it has been 24 hours, I would probably get an Xray, and see where it is. If he is eating, and not vomiting, it is not causing a blockage.
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That is great! Did the bone pass? Did you get an Xray?