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He is raw fed and accidentally ate the key while eating ground turkey. has had runny bowel movements since then

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1- How long has it been since he swallowed the key?

2- Have you been checking the stool looking for the key?

3- Is he lethargic?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Its Been 2 ful daysYes I have been checking every stoolHe isnt lethargic

1- What have you been feeding him?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
RiceHe is on a Raw Diet Otherwise

Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer. No need to accept the phone call request. Thank you.

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Friend, he should have passed the key by now; the fact that he has diarrhea I am a bit concerned that the key could be obstructed in the intestinal tract. You have done right feeding him rice; not much more you can do at home at this point. Giving him a laxative would be contraindicated as it can cause an intussusception which is a surgical emergency. I would recommend having him checked in the morning by your family veterinarian for a hands-on examination and x-rays as an initial screening test. In the meantime, keep him on a diet of mainly rice. Do not feed him in the morning when he is going to see the vet he may need to be sedated for x-rays. If cost is a concerned I would look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Theres nothing more at all I can do from home> and thank you for the advice...well worth it. Im worried, I love my dog but have very little money until payday next thursday. Would it be dangerous to wait that long? and anything i can watch for which would be cause for alarm nd an emergency visit?'

Unfortunately, no there is not. At this point, we need to take an x-ray and see where it is positioned in the gastrointestinal tract. Then, depending on where it is your vet may decide to wait and come back sometime later (6-8 hours) and repeat another x-ray to see if it is moving along.

If he becomes lethargic, starts to vomit, bloody diarreha, pale gums, etc. have him checked by ER veterinarian.

I realize that this answer may not be entire to your liking, and I regret being the bearer of information that you really don’t want to hear. But it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I to provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information. I hope you understand.

You're welcome. :)

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