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My dog just ate part of a pig femur bone & it splintered…

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My dog just ate...

My dog just ate part of a pig femur bone & it splintered before I could get it away from her. What do I ? For now, she seems to be OK. Help!

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?

Maggie, 3/4 golden retriever & 1/4 chow, is 5 yrs old & weighs about 75.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Maggie?

No, she is healthy.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

1- How long has it been since she ate it?

2- Is she showing any symptoms?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
1-about 30-45 minutes ago
2-no symptoms
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Friend, as you may already know ingestion of a bone can cause an obstruction or perforation of the intestinal tract. But, more often than not dogs are able to digest the bone or pass it in the stool without any problem. Inducing vomiting is not indicated as the bone can damage the esophagus on the way out. This is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol.

2- Do not induce vomiting.

3- Change her diet for the next 2-3 days to rice (75%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (25%). The idea is for the rice to help move the bone out in the feces if undigested while protecting the intestinal tract.

4- If during the next few days you see the following symptoms: lethargy, anorexia, vomiting, constipated or diarrhea, etc. follow up immediately with a veterinarian. These are all signs of a possible obstruction or perforation of the intestinal tract. In the meantime, observe her and change her diet as above then wean her back into her regular diet.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service. If you have any follow-up questions don't hesitate to ask. If finished, please take a moment to rate my service. See you again soon!

Dr. Peter

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
Hi,

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

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