Our 5 month old, 40 lbs. lab just was chewing on an antler when we noticed it was gone. He swallowed a 2-3 inch piece. We are concerned, he on the other hand is still looking for it. Has this happened to anybody? Any advice would be appreciated.
If this happened to my dog, I would take him to the vet as soon as possible.
J.R. and June
How is he so far? Never happened here so can't advice anything but observe and get things ready in case of emergency.
"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives." ~Sue Murphy
My guess is that it probably got pushed under something and none of you have found it yet. If he swallowed that big of a piece he WILL have an obstruction. If you are at all worried, a $100 xray will put your mind to rest once and for all.
hopefully it was not swallowed and just got pushed aside. If he swallowed that - really really not good.
Was the antler that small when you gave it to home? I always give bones/antlers/nylabones bigger than recommended so there is no way they can swallow. I know they ercommend antler is sometiems a M but I always buy XXL - maybe an Xl for piece of mind.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Update....Vet had us just keep an eye on him but everything seems to be normal. As far as it probably being under a piece of furniture....that was obviously something we checked before posting. I did find it interesting that there are a lot of conflicting information on the internet about what to do. I would venture to think that this isn't the first instance of this happening in the world. Our Vet thinks it will pass through him while other info we find thinks he will digest it...he has been 100% normal.
Oh the antler was about 2 months old so it was smaller than when we purchased it. He was chewing on it like normal because he is teething still. His head went up with it in his mouth and it went down. I was sitting on floor right next to him there was no choking or even a gagging....just down the old hatch.
I buy the elk antlers, they are much bigger, once they begin to wear down they get thrown away immediately. I really hope your puppy does not experience any ill effects from this, I would be scared.
Maxx & Emma Jean
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