Dog Veterinary

Ask a dog vet and get answers to your dog health questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

My dog ate a cooked veal bone :/ Stella, 1.5 years old,

My dog ate a...

My dog ate a cooked veal shank bone :/

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is your dog's name and age?

Stella, 1.5 years old, Vizsla

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Stella?

Nope, she ate it about 6 hours ago, seems tired

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
3/18/2018
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,828
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

I understand that Stella ingested a cooked veal shank bone and is now lethargic and you are concerned.

She may be quiet because this is a rich food and her body is having a difficult time digesting it. Of course the other possible complications can be an obstruction or a perforation from a sharp edge.

While I understand that getting that bone out would be nice 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 bone out is much too high. I hope she at least chewed the bone up into small pieces before she swallowed as that will make passage a little easier.

In this case we need to try and hope that we can get the bone pieces to pass through her gastrointestinal tract, and that her stomach acid helps us by dissolving the fragments.

To help I recommend starting with a Vaseline (or any generic, nonscented petroleum jelly) sandwich. Take a slice of whole wheat bread, slather with Vaseline as you would peanut butter on a slice of bread, cover with a second slice. Feed it to her bite sized piece by piece or she will make a huge Vaseline mess. This adds fiber and hopefully makes the bones pieces slip rather than catch.

For the next few days, until the bones pass, she'll need to be fed 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 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 the meat, and 2/3 boiled, white rice. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of canned pumpkin, not pie filling, just pumpkin, to each meal for fiber.

You'll need to check all of her stools for bone pieces in the next few days.

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

If you aren't seeing bone fragments in her stools in the several days a veterinary visit and an abdominal radiograph to see where the bones are 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.

It has been my pleasure to help you today, and I hope that I have earned my 5 star rating. Please remember to rate my service by selecting the 5 stars at the top of the screen (rating me now does not close your question). You are welcome to ask follow up questions about my response here until you are satisfied, simply use the reply box and let me know. Thank you!

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
thanks so much. ok we're gonna try the Vaseline sandwich and diet like you said. have you ever heard of the cotton ball idea as well?

I have heard of it. But if the cotton balls fall apart the fibers can be very irritating to the intestinal lining.

I prefer lubricants, and increasing fiber.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
ok thanks a ton for the help.

You are very welcome, my best to your pup.

Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,828
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
Verified
Dr. Kara and 87 other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Hi,

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

Dr. Kara
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a dog veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr. Kara Your Own Question
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,828
18,828 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

904 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,416 satisfied customers

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

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

10,633 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,086 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,682 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

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

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

8,719 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
She ate part of a cooked cow bone, my boyfriend's parents
She ate part of a cooked cow bone, my boyfriend's parents got her. We thought it was uncooked like the bones we give her that she just chews. … read more
Sean Egan
Sean Egan
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
559 satisfied customers
Our 10 pound Shih tzu has a chemical smell to her skin,
Our 10 pound Shih tzu has a chemical smell to her skin, especially her belly area, and possibly her breath, which is increasing. She hit the back tire of a moving car 3 days ago and ended up at the ve… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
10,978 satisfied customers
Lab ate a brand new bar of all natural soap. Stella. 3 years
Stella. 3 years old lab. Ate it approx 9 hours ago. Has vomited clear liquids. Lots. And has eaten dinner - but dinner stayed down. … read more
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dog Veterinarian
10,633 satisfied customers
My 19 lb chi-mix ate 8 chocolate, chocolate and raspberry
My 19 lb chi-mix ate 8 chocolate, white chocolate and raspberry truffles. … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
18,828 satisfied customers
Looking for a non-gmo high protein food for my picky
looking for a non-gmo high protein food for my picky underweight 1 yr old intact male vizsla. He weighs 40.7 lbs. … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
10,978 satisfied customers
My dog got into her heartguard and nexguard and ate 6 of
My dog got into her heartguard and nexguard and ate 6 of each maybe an hour or two ago. She's acting normal now, should I do anything? … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
10,978 satisfied customers
I think my dog ( a chihuahua-terrier mix about 14 pounds)
I think my dog ( a chihuahua-terrier mix about 14 pounds) ate about five omeperazole 20 mg capsules. She threw up during the early hours this morning and again tonight. She seems to be resting okay. … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
My dog went into heat in March and her vulva is still
My dog went into heat in March and her vulva is still swollen. Is this normal? … read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
569 satisfied customers
My Vizsla id drinking 2 to3 times amount of water as normal.
My Vizsla id drinking 2 to3 times amount of water as normal. Her blood tests showed some white blood cells but no bacteria. she was given amoxciclo..(?) … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
18,828 satisfied customers
She ate a used tampon JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The veterinarian
She ate a used tampon JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age? Customer: Stella and 10 mths JA: How old is Stella?… read more
Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
600 satisfied customers
My 20 lbs poodle mix female dog just swallowed whole a 1.5
My 20 lbs poodle mix female dog just swallowed whole a 1.5 inch cooked pork spare rib. She seems fine, What should we do? We read we can give bread? rice? even metamucil? what do you recommend… read more
Dr. Matt
Dr. Matt
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,555 satisfied customers
Hello, I have a one year old staffy named Ruby. She seems to
Hello, I have a one year old staffy named Ruby. She seems to have gone off her food. She used to want to eat all the time so I am concerned. She often doesn't eat anything until about 2-3 pm. Today, i… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
11 month old vizsla, was chewing a rawhide bone. She did not
11 month old vizsla, was chewing a rawhide bone. She did not swallow a piece of bone, I took it away for her before she could. Three hours later she vomited her food up. She has not ate or drank anyth… read more
Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta
Large and small animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
22,387 satisfied customers
I have a 75lb (fit 5 1/2yrs old) lab mix (pit?) that just swallowed
I have a 75lb (fit 5 1/2yrs old) lab mix (pit?) that just swallowed whole (about a 2 inch section of pork bone left over from veal parmiagna). He had no trouble doing so. The bone was roughly rectangu… read more
Dr. Susan
Dr. Susan
3,828 satisfied customers
Toy Poodle: 6 lbs, 1.5 year..1.5 year old..finicky eater.
I have a 6 lbs, 1.5 year old Toy Poodle named Lola. She is a finicky eater. I have tried many different brands of higher quality food and a few of the lesser expensive ones also. She turns her nose up… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
Hello, my 3 yr old Vizsla bitch is trying to throw up but cant.
Hello, my 3 yr old Vizsla bitch is trying to throw up but can't. she ate cooked duck from the bin.Including an L shaped bone. One eye seems to be closing. I am unsure but I ca sort of feel something i… read more
Dr. Beall
Dr. Beall
Veterinarian/Owner
Doctoral Degree
359 satisfied customers
dog: 1.5 years ago and she has developed agoraphobia
My dog Stella is 5 years old. We recently moved to Brooklyn, NYC about 1.5 years ago and she has developed agoraphobia. Once she gets outside and does her business, she pulls and races back to the apa… read more
Dr. Kelly
Dr. Kelly
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
128 satisfied customers
husky: beef shank bones..licked..is on the thin side- 45 lbs..rescued
My son brought his dog (husky) with him to visit and she has had diaheria for the last 2 days. When she first came in I had cooked some beef shank bones for her(she loves the marrow) We gave her one b… read more
Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,959 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