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My 1 year old spoodle just ate the little middle bone off a

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My 1 year old spoodle just ate the little middle bone off a cooked lamb bone. She still seems very bright and happy and has since eaten her rice and veggies. I'm really worried about it passing through her. Is there anything I can do, to help her break it down
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: I'm not sure there is anything else?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 months ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

Cooked bones can be very dangerous since they tend to splinter rather than chip. These splinters can lead to punctures of the gastrointestinal track leading to peritonitis. The other fear we have is an obstruction from ingestion of bone. Read about obstructions here:

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/gastric-stomach-foreign-body-in-dogs/page1.aspx

Read about peritonitis here:

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/peritonitis-in-dogs/page1.aspx

Now lamb is a very fatty food as well and some dogs will develop pancreatitis as a result of eating fatty foods. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland that produces and releases enzymes into the digestive track that aid in the digestion of food. When these same enzymes are activated while they are still in the pancreas, inflammation occurs and the enzyme start "digesting" the pancreas itself.

Some common causes of pancreatitis are eating a lot of very fatty foods, obesity, steroid use and other diseases and conditions. Symptoms of pancreatitis vary but include vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, weakness or collapse, dehydration, shock, fever, depression, and upper abdominal pain. A dog may indicate abdominal pain by acting restless, panting, crying or wincing when picked up, shaking, standing with an arched back, or lying with the front end down and the rear end elevated

You can read about it in detail here:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1580&aid=335

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/acute-pancreatitis-in-dogs/page1.aspx

So you will need to keep an eye out for any of the above symptoms of an obstruction, peritotonitis or pancreatitis. Have your dog seen if you notice any of these symptoms. You can examine the feces for signs of the bone as well but I wouldn't be surprised if you never see. Dogs are able to digest some bone. After about 72 hours, you should be able to just monitor her as you would any other day.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer positively so I am compensated for my time.

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 months ago.

Hi Again,

I just thought I'd check in to see how things are going for you and your dog. Let me know if my answer was helpful.