Dog Veterinary

Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Dog Veterinary

My chihuahua was eating a pork bone yesterday and she has

Customer Question
been throwing up JA: I'm sorry...
My chihuahua was eating a pork bone yesterday and she has been throwing up
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: the pork bone - it was her first time
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Mixie - about 4 - not exactly sure about the age
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Mixie
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Mixie?
Customer: she's lethargic right now
Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 2 minutes by:
10/15/2017
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 17,257
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
Verified

Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

I'm sorry to hear that your pup Mixie ate a pork bone yesterday and has had some vomiting and is lethargic now.
It's hard to tell whether her symptoms are due to eating a rich, unusual food and dehydration from vomiting or whether this is related to a blockage and/or irritation from bones scraping and damaging her gastrointestinal tract.

I understand that she is vomiting without your prompting, but I do not recommend inducing vomiting in cases where dogs eat sharp objects like bones. The chances of tearing her esophagus or stomach as it contracts to force the bones out is much too high. So that too is a worry since she is vomiting. I hope she at least chewed the bone thoroughly before she swallowed as that will make the pieces she is vomiting smaller and the passage of pieces a little easier.

Because she is lethargic and actively vomiting now ideally she should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

If that isn't possible todays there are some things we can try at home but she may need to see a veterinarian if she isn't coming along well.

To try and settle her stomach now you can try either:
1) Pepcid-ac (famotidine) at a dose of one half of a 10mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 12 hours.
OR
2) Prilosec (omeprazole) at a dose of one quarter of a 20mg tablet per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight every 24 hours.
These will reduce stomach acid and may help if this is related to simple nausea and gastrointestinal irritation from eating something she should not have. Either one can be given for several days if need be.

I would wait to feed her for 4-6 hours. If she doesn't vomit you can try feeding her a bland diet with lots of fiber added in small meals several times a day, 4 to 6 meals is ideal. We do this so the bone pieces are surrounded, the gut isn't irritated anymore and isn't contracting on just bone.

A homemade diet for this is 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger or boiled, white, skinless chicken, all fats and juices drained off the meat, and 2/3 boiled, white rice. Add 1-2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin, (not pie filling, just pumpkin), to each meal for fiber.

You'll need to continue checking her stools frequently for bone pieces in the next few days.

Signs that things aren't going well, and she needs an immediate veterinary visit, are continued vomiting, a tense painful belly, continued lack of an appetite, a fever (more than 103.5F rectally) and continued severe lethargy.

If you aren't seeing bone fragments in the next day or two a veterinary visit and an abdominal radiograph to see where the bones are located in her gastrointestinal tract is an option. If it doubt at all that things aren't going well it is always best to have her checked.

Once the pieces are passed and she's feeling well then start mixing in her regular food, adding a little more regular and less bland at each meal. It should take a week to get her converted back to regular food.
Let me know if you have any questions.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Kara
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your pup. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Ask Dr. Kara Your Own Question
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 17,257
17,257 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.

Dr. Kara is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

902 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,112 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

9,973 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

9,833 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,077 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

7,608 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
My dog ate half a chicken leg by accident (bone as well) on
My dog ate half a chicken leg by accident (bone as well) on Thanksgiving. She first had diarrhea then I put her on a rice and chicken dinner. She did't poop till an hour ago. I gave her some miralax w… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,077 satisfied customers
Our dog swallowed a chicken bone on our walk today, it was
our dog swallowed a chicken bone on our walk today, it was about 1.5 inches long and just ten minutes later started to pee blood, although not much urine was coming out she would squat and then a litt… read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
668 satisfied customers
My Chihuahua' s stomach making weird noise and he's been
My Chihuahua' s stomach making weird noise and he's been having runny poop and throwing up mucus in the last 4 days he seem perfectly fine. … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,751 satisfied customers
My dog got ahold of a small whole chicken bone and swallowed
Hello my dog got ahold of a small whole chicken bone and swallowed it. I do not believe he chewed it up before swallowing. Should I be worried? He doesn't seem to be in pain. … read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
557 satisfied customers
Our 5 lb chihuahua ate a chew bone that says not for adult
our 5 lb chihuahua ate a chew bone that says not for adult dogs under 13 lbs and is throwing up. was pieces of matter but is now foamy slime . clear. … read more
Pet Doc
Pet Doc
Senior Small Animal Veterinarian
BVSc
2,782 satisfied customers
My dog had diarrhea and after feeding him chicken and rice
my dog had diarrhea and after feeding him chicken and rice for a week, he will not go back to his regular feeding schedule and it's been three weeks. He eats sometimes but not always. … read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,358 satisfied customers
My chihuahua has a upset stomach what can I give him.
My chihuahua has a upset stomach what can I give him … read more
DakotaSouthFive
DakotaSouthFive
Independent Contractor
High School or GED
10 satisfied customers
She ate a cooked chicken bone a few days ago, displays no
She ate a cooked chicken bone a few days ago, displays no symptoms other than a small amount of blood in her stool today. Should I continue to keep an eye on her or take her into the vet immediately? … read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,077 satisfied customers
Older russel ate chicken bones and is extremly sick, can't
older jack russel ate chicken bones and is extremly sick, can't stand. … read more
Pet Doc
Pet Doc
Senior Small Animal Veterinarian
BVSc
2,782 satisfied customers
My dog ate 10 chicken bone wings yesterday from the trash.
My dog ate 10 chicken bone wings yesterday from the trash. When I got home last night he pooped twice and there were shards of bone in the poop. This morning I took him out and he pooped 3 times and t… read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
He just swallowed a 5" cooked chicken bone. He's a 36 lb.
He just swallowed a 5 " cooked chicken bone. He's a 36 lb. Australian Shepherd.... … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,317 satisfied customers
He got into my trash and ate a piece of chicken bone. Today
He got into my trash and ate a piece of chicken bone. Today is 2 days later, and he is crying and sitting on his behind like it hurts. I looked at his rectum area it seems a little red, he is neutered… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,077 satisfied customers
My dog just ate half a small chicken bone. She is a small
My dog just ate half a small chicken bone. She is a small dog. Not sure how well she chewed it up. Heard the bones can splinter and tare their insides, is there something we should do or watch for?… read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
My dog ate chicken bones. And is real sick and hasnt ate or
my dog ate chicken bones. And is real sick and hasnt ate or drank since monday what shoukd i do … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,317 satisfied customers
I have been feed feeding duke chicken and rice for 1.5 days
I have been feed feeding duke chicken and rice for 1.5 days he passed the meat pad, but tonight I have been up every 2 hrs b.c he is having diharrea does the chicken and rice cause diharrea that bad ?… read more
Dr. Christina
Dr. Christina
Small Animal Veterinary Internist
277 satisfied customers
Chihuahua stomach making loud noises popping gurgling won't
Chihuahua stomach making loud noises popping gurgling won't eat … read more
Dr. Denise
Dr. Denise
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
429 satisfied customers
My German Shepherd ate two chicken wing bones - the side of
My German Shepherd ate two chicken wing bones - the side of the bone with the two small bones. So that is 4 small bones. I was not in the room. From the next room I did not hear bones cracking. I hope… read more
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dog Veterinarian
9,833 satisfied customers
My miniature dachshund got a hold of a chicken bone. She
My miniature dachshund got a hold of a chicken bone. She didn't choke on it. She seems to e breathing fine. What should I do? … read more
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dog Veterinarian
9,833 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x