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Hi. I’m Dr. Denise, a licensed veterinarian. I’d like to help with your concerns regarding Gus.
If you have a picture of the rubbery piece, you are welcome to send it and I'll take a look.
In my experience, with the partially digest bully sticks that I have seen, they are usually white, rubbery and in a similar shape to their original form. This is likely what you found in his stool.
He is very lucky, as I have seen the need for surgical removal of bully sticks. So, I'm glad to hear that he's active and eating/drinking normally with no diarrhea.
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Great! I'll wait for them.
Ok, the images have arrived. It looks like in several photos you have a bully stick at the top of the image (near your hand) and then the rubbery item below. Yes, once in the digestive tract, a bully stick and swell and take on this appearance.
I am grateful Gus was able to pass it without any complications.
Ok, thanks for clarifying. The top item is definitely a bully stick. The bottom item may be a swollen bully stick or another unidentified item that he passed.
Since he is acting normally and eating and drinking well, I would not be too concerned. However, I would continue to watch him for signs of obstruction over the next 2-3 days - vomiting, decreased appetite, diarrhea, decreased stool formation, lethargy, painful abdomen.
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