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dog swallowed bone whole

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dog swallowed bone whole

This is Dr. Christian. Welcome to JustAnswer. A few questions will help me get a clearer picture of the situation:

  • How long ago did it happen?
  • Was the bone cooked or raw?
  • What type of bone was it and how big?
  • How much does your dog weigh?
  • Is your dog showing any problems right now?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

it happened 2 hours ago


bone was cooked


it was a t bone steak bone - it was approx. 5 inches long and 1/2 inch thick


my dog is a lab and she probably weighs 60 lbs


she is not presenting any problems, she has hacked a few times - but thats all



You are welcome. Cooked bones are harder to digest than a raw bone. Luckily she is a larger dog and that makes it more likely that the bone will pass. Unfortunately, there is a chance that this could cause an intestinal blockage. Making her vomit is a bad idea since it can cause severe damage to the esophagus so at this point the best option is to hope that it passes. Giver 2-3 tablespoons of canned pumpkin with all of her meals for the next few days. The fiber will help move the bone through. If she starts vomiting, acts lethargic, struggles to have a bowel movement, develops belly pain or won't eat then have her seen by a vet immediately since these are signs of a blockage. You might consider having an x-ray done at your vet's tomorrow to determine if the bone is passing. It will show up very well on an x-ray. If you have more questions please let me know.
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