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My greyhound has just swollowed lamb chops bones whole out

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My greyhound has just swollowed lamb chops bones whole out of the kitchen bin and I couldn't get them out of his mouth in time.
Before we adopted him, he had had previous emergency surgery after swallowing a BBQ whole.
Should we take him straight to the vet or wait and watch to see if it passes?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 1 month ago.

Hi, i`m Richard, a Veterinarian from the UK. Hopefully I can help today.

Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 1 month ago.

You are right to be concerned as eating any bones whole can have significant complications, however this is not necessarily an emergency situation.

Given sufficient time, bones can be digested and it only becomes a problem if he develops signs of an obstruction. The signs to look out for would be vomiting (especially if he is unable to keep water down) signs of discomfort, diarrhea OR straining to pass feces. If he seems normal in himself it would be wise to feed a light diet - plain boiled chicken and rice, a little scrambled egg, plain white fish or light cottage cheese for the next few days and keep a close eye out for any signs of him being unwell.

Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 1 month ago.
Hi Brooke,

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

Richard Rawling