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Update: 6:30 pm

So far so good. He wants another one.....no freaking way! :eek: :eek: :eek: I will continue to watch him. REally going to be watching for that next poop.

I called the vet. He suggested giving him 2 tablespoons of vaseline which I had to run out and buy. I took his cookies and got a big scoop of it on the bone and he never missed a lick getting it down. Even took the second one like that without even wondering why it was so gooey.

I have no idea what has got his appetite going like it is. He is on a very minimal dosage of Prednisone - only 5 mg twice a day. He about takes your hand off just handing him a cookie until you remind him to be nice. Chows his food like a total maniac that has been starving for days.

Here is is tonight with one of the bigger ones he got a couple days ago. He had skinned it but could not break this one. See his paw on it and him not looking at me. He is afraid I am going to take this one away as well.



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I gave him one of those real butcher block beef bones you buy in the store in plastic. He loves them. He was like a manic and started demolishing it. I could not believe it. He was chewing off big chunks and eating it. It sounded horrible. It looked like this when I finally got it away. I am so afraid it could hurt him. What do you think. Now I am scared to go back to work.

 

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I don't know Sandie. Hope someone who gives those bones can help.

Good thoughts for Tank.
 

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I just cross posted in O&E, Sandie.
I'm sure someone will come to reply. Hang in there.
 

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Do you know if he swallowed big pcs or did he chew things into small bits? Small bits are no problem...bigger pcs I'm not really sure.
 

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Oh gosh Sandie. I give those, but I've never seen either of mine break off pieces like that. I'd worry about that big piece that's missing. :-\
 

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oh gosh sandie i don't know :(

I know our Golden used to eat pieces off those bones but he chewed them up and never had a problem. Maybe give your vet a call to see what s/he says?
 

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Re: Help Me Not Freak OUt Here!!!! Tank and a Bone!

Sandie - We give these to Wes, and the only problem has been some loose bowels from the richness of the marrow. Was it hard all around? IN other words, the section that's now gone -- was that hard bone or softer tissue??

If it was hard, and he was still able to grind it up, you're probably okay from a piercing/damage point of view. If it was soft, the only prob may be the aforementioned runs.

Good luck!! And hugs to Tank in either case!
 

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Re: Help Me Not Freak OUt Here!!!! Tank and a Bone!

Never seen a brone break off like that...

Was this raw raw or was the bone treated in any way?

Apollo is a HUGE chewer and even he couldn't crack a bone like that.
 

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Fanny has eaten one of them before, and I mean the entire thing, and she didn't even blink! I thought she was breaking teeth the noise was no loud but no. She licked her lips for a real long time that day! All I can say is watch for slivers and splinters.

It's scary though, I know I was watching her like a hawk for quite a while that day in case it caused a problem.

Gald to hear he is still enjoying bones!
 

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Poor Tankie. :(

Emma ate a whole (medium sized) smoked bone once (the ones you can buy in petstores) and she got really hard in her tummy. She yelped when she pooped :'( , but thank God all went well. From that time I never gives her bones like that.

I hope Tankie is fine. How is he doing otherwise today?
 

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You might want to feed Tank some bread which will help "wrap" around any bone fragments as they go thru his system. Hope everything is ok.

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Rider had one that did that...and he puked all night long. So now he doesn't get them.
 

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I could not tell if he chewed up that sharp piece or not he did it so fast. I am telling you he did that to that bone in 2 minutes flat. It sounded horrible and he ate it too fast because Miss Chis (with hardly a tooth in her mouth) was standing there trying to get the little pieces off the floor and he thought she was trying to get it away from him.
 

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Emma the Lab said:
Poor Tankie. :(

Emma ate a whole (medium sized) smoked bone once (the ones you can buy in petstores) and she got really hard in her tummy. She yelped when she pooped :'( , but thank God all went well. From that time I never gives her bones like that.

I hope Tankie is fine. How is he doing otherwise today?
This happened to Teddy also. The splintered pieces caused him to bleed when he pooped and he had a lot of diarrhea. But it did pass OK. Now he only gets genuine raw bones from the butcher, and those in sizes he can't crack with his jaws.
 

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I usually stay away from the long pieces because I've noticed they splinter and shard. That freaks me out. I stick with the knuckle bones (cow hocks - I think they call them). They last a long time and Rocket can eat off chunks versus the longer pieces.
 

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Tank has some powerful jaws. If he chewed it up it should pass. I hope he doesn't get the runs.
 

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Amber routinely eats bones, but they are raw bones, as long as the bone was raw and not cooked or smoked or treated like that he should be fine. He may have a really uncomfortable stool because he ate so much bone at once and he may have a loose stool because of the Marrow. It may balance out perfectly. He might barf it back up in a nice yellow cream of chicken looking bile barf. Some of teh treated bones or even untraeted bones may come out sorta recognizable in the scat but if you pick them up in a plastic bag they will feel rubbery and soft. I would just wait and watch and maybe check his teeth. sometimes really hard Marrow bones can create slab fractures in the molars.

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georgie said:
Tank has some powerful jaws. If he chewed it up it should pass. I hope he doesn't get the runs.
i was thinking this, too. i hope tank will be fine.
 

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Yes, we did the 'barf' diet before, giving our dogs raw chicken and beef bones daily. They did great on it but it got too expensive and I had so much trouble not worrying! As long as the bone was NOT COOKED it's fine. He may have a chunk of bone pass, may even have a little blood in the stool though mine never did, I have heard of it happening a lot. Those are often considered much safer than rawhide since rawhide expands. From now on, try the FAT beef bones you can add to stews. The ones I buy are about the size of a large fist all around. My dogs love them and they are not brittle.
 

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Sandie, I have never seen a femur bone splinter like that. I just don't know what to tell you. If it was Theo, I probably would be calling the vet. Good luck that nothing happens.
 
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