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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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MY CHIUAUAH ATE A SPARE RIB BONE 2 Days ago and is not

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MY CHIUAUAH ATE A SPARE RIB BONE 2 Days ago and is not himself. he did poop yesterday. i,m very scared for my love of my lif
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

My primary considerations after such a bone ingestion are gastrointestinal obstruction and perforation. The signs of either are the same - persistent vomiting and/or anorexia. His pooping doesn't rule out obstruction because the obstruction may be cranial (toward his head) and not interfere with his ability to eliminate ingesta from his colon. His vet will need to either X-ray or ultrasound your Chihuahua's gastrointestinal tract to better understand its health and if bony fragments are likely to pass without surgical intervention. We're coming into the holiday season and so it would be prudent to have him attended to at your earliest convenience.

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