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Not eating, diarrhea, licking lips, vomiting - . He's

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not eating, diarrhea, licking lips, vomiting - spit. He's drinking water, but not eating
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: gave him a ribeye bone last Saturday afternoon. The bone was huge. he ate the meat off of it. I guess he could have eaten some of the bone, but not much, it's still around
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: he's a puggle - 11 years old
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Sonny
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Sally G. replied 5 months ago.

Hello and thank you for using this site to help you.

The problem with bones and human food is that bones are considered a non food item (unlike a piece of soft meat) so they have the potential to cause an obstruction of the bowel. This would show vomiting , diarrhea ,sudden lack of appetite (or anything the dog eats or drinks may come back up right away) and lethargy. Because you know he ate a bone it is best to get an x ray to be sure he does not have a blockage. Another problem with bones is that they can splinter. When this happens they can pierce the bowel which sends poison through the body.

When it comes to human food , this can cause pancreatitis which will also cause the symptoms you are seeing. In some cases this requires hospitalization for IV fluids.

I would take the dogs other vital signs as well, look for pale or white gums, do a capillary refill check and take the dogs temperature. I am going to direct you to a site to take you through this and it is a good link to bookmark for the future.

Since this has been going on for a while a hands on exam is recomended.

The only other option is to try a bland diet of boiled white meat chicken (no skin no grease) and cooked white rice after fasting the dog for 24 hours of all food . But I think you are looking at something more serious than stomach upset or a bug of some kind and likely it was the rib bone that is cause the problem.

What is normal in dogs :taking the vital signs http://www.petplace.com/dogs/what-is-normal-in-dogs/page1.aspx

pancreatitis http://www.petplace.com/dogs/acute-pancreatitis-in-dogs/page1.aspx

obstruction of the bowel

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/gastrointestinal-foreign-body-in-dogs/page1.aspx

Danger of bones link here. Even if a dog has eaten bones all their life it just means the owner got lucky, a dog can still have a problem down the line from eating a bone or any non food item.

http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/keeping-your-dog-healthy/feeding-nutrition/the-dangers-of-bones-to-dogs

Expert:  Sally G. replied 5 months ago.
Hi Stephen,

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

Sally G.