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My dog swallowed a bone. Please help!

Published on: October 23, 2022 • By: Darren Florence · In Forum: Dogs
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Darren Florence
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October 23, 2022 at 02:31pm
My Jack Russel swallowed a bone which I presume was a lamb bone. No clue if it was cooked or raw but my best guess is that it was raw. It has been about 2 days since the bone was swallowed and she hasn’t been acting abnormally. She has been drinking, eating and pooping but she has not yet passed the bone. Pressing lightly on her abdomen doesn’t show that she’s in any pain however it does feel as though something is there, although it might just be me being paranoid. Should I be worried? Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Darren Florence
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October 23, 2022 at 02:32pm
Edit: She’s about 6 or 7 kg and still a puppy.
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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October 23, 2022 at 02:38pm
Hello - and yes, I think that you need to consult your vet about this.  The good thing about bones is, that they show up well on radiographs (X-rays), so if it is still in one piece, your vet will be able to see where it has got to.  There will then be a discussion about the best thing to do next.  You should call your veterinary surgeon now for triage (that's the process by which they work out how soon you need to be seen).
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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October 23, 2022 at 02:38pm
We wish you the very best outcome for your puppy.
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Darren Florence
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October 23, 2022 at 02:44pm
Thank you for the quick reply. So you wouldn’t recommend waiting any longer to see if the bone comes out on its own? Is there any chance that it even will? I only ask since it doesn’t seem like it’s causing her any discomfort as of yet. Also how much do you estimate the cost of X-rays + an examination to be?
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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October 23, 2022 at 03:51pm
Hello!  I'm sure that there have, in history, been occasions where animals have eaten bones with nice rounded edges and have had them settle nicely in the stomch where they havent caused any issues for prolonged lengths of time, or where spiky ends have been protected with food for a while.  However, there have been many cases where sharp bony edges have perforated intestine or stomach and led to peritonitis, which is life-threatening.  While you dont mention the size of the bones, young jack russels arent very big and they have narrow, bendy guts.  This is a decision that we reccommend your vet at least has a say in.
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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October 23, 2022 at 03:54pm
Im afraid that the cost of radiographs and x-rays varies from vet surgery to vet surgery.  If you ask for a consultation to start with, they should put up a full range of estimates for you, for whatever work they reccommend.  Always ask whether any additional treatment / drugs / fluids may be required.
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