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Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
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My shitzu swallowed a whole pork rib bone. Im worried

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my shitzu swallowed a whole pork rib bone. Im worried
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.


I am sorry to hear you are worried about your Shih Tzu. How long ago did he get it? How big was it?

I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.

How is he acting?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I would say 12 cm long. It was from a chinese meal
its 24 hours ago. Im at work now so I havent seen him. My wife is not home today this is why I have started to panic.
Is it likely he will be OK? I mean can he digest this?
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.

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.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.

He cannot digest a bone. It has to pass or be removed.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.

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.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
OK, I will take him to be x rayed. thanks
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.

You are welcome. Let me know what you find out, and if I can help with anything else.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.

Let me know how he is doing and what else I can answer.

Kindly consider rating my answer (always appreciated!); you can still get back to me with questions and updates.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He seems fine thank you. Solid stools and full of life
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.

That is great! Did the bone pass? Did you get an Xray?