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My dog just stole a rib bone. I believe she ate the whole

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My dog just stole a rib bone. I believe she ate the whole bone. She is a Yorkshire terrier mix, so very small- about 12 lbs.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if your Yorkshire terrier will be able to digest that. What is the Yorkshire terrier's name and age?
Customer: She is 15 months old, her name is sushi
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sushi?
Customer: No, she is otherwise in great health
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 3 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

Unfortunately in this situation we cannot induce vomiting because the rib can have sharp edges and do more damage to the esophagus on the way up so at this point all we can do is a few precautionary things to minimize the risk of an obstruction but at the first signs of vomiting it is time to take your dog to the veterinarian and have them evaluated/ x-rayed

1.) Feed 2 pieces of bread now

2.) Take a nice walk to help move the material through. Not running around but a leash walk which helps encourage emptying of the stomach and digestion

3.) In about 2 hours repeat the bread which is used to help bulk up the foreign body to hopefully push them through and protect the edges from causing damage

4.) Monitor for signs of the material coming out the other end in the next 24-48 hours

5.) Again tomorrow a few nice long leash walks to help encourage gi motility and pushing the foreign material through the intestinal tract

This is the difficult part, the watching and waiting because all we can do is see if the rib passes on its own

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both, I am online another 15 minutes tonight

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 3 months ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier, how is your Yorkie doing? I would love an update when you are able!

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today!

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 3 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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