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Spent 5 hours at the emergency vet tonight. I picked up a few raw marrow bones from our local natural meat farm to give to our older dog, sat outside while she worked on one, and thought I picked up all the leftovers (small pieces). Apparently I may have missed one.

Yesterday Ringo was acting unlike himself - didn't run to the door to be let out in the morning, regurgitated his breakfast, and pretty much stayed in his bed all day instead of following me around like he normally does. Didn't even get excited when I grabbed the bait bag. He still wanted to accompany me on some errands but curled up in the passenger seat and slept the whole time. He did seem interested in some play/training later that evening but again, regurgitated what he ate. He was drinking a lot of water and had one mushy poo. It was concerning enough to call the ER vet, who told me to bring him in.

They scared me with talk of hospitalizing him and possible surgery (quoted at $5,000 :eek: ) depending on what/where the obstruction was, IF there was one. Luckily x-rays showed only small bone fragments, which she said was probably irritating him and causing his symptoms. No pancreatitis. They gave him some fluids and told me to stick to a bland diet and Prilosec for a few days. Hopefully tomorrow he'll start keeping his food down or else we'll have to go back in for more x-rays. I feel like it's my fault that this happened, but am glad that it's not as bad as it could've been.
 

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Oh no!! That must have been so scary...I went through something similar with Mia and chicken bones. Went through the whole x-ray/bland diet thing too.

Fingers crossed for Ringo! I hope he gets better soon!
 

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If it only showed small fragments, could it be the marrow itself. Some dogs can't handle alot of it in one go. Jagger loved marrow bones, most times the marrow went over well, once in a while it would throw him off.
 

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Thanks for the all the well wishes. He seemed like his happy old self this morning. The vet said the x-ray showed "bone debris in several intestinal loops" but no obstruction, so maybe it was marrow? She told me no more bones of any kind, to be safe, though I've never had a problem before and I know a lot of people feed them.
 

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I won't stop feeding bones, Monty is happily destroying a pork rib at the moment and he loves them. I haven't fed marrow bones to Monty yet, he's still fairly new to raw and I don't want cannon butt.

As for Jagger, I've seen that dog lick a 3 inch piece of cow femur clean, that dog has a strong tongue, no effects. Other times, he would get sick - don't know if it was the animal, or his GI tract wasn't up to snuff. Who knows.
 

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I won't stop giving bones either. It all depends on which bones you give. Raw edible bones are fine, since they just crumble and can be easily digested. Any marrow bones are a no no. Too dense to be able to crumble when chewed, and splinter more or less instead. They are so dense they can't digest well, and tend toake the dog feel bad like yours did. Usually, those type pieces will be thrown back up. The bodies way of eliminating them.

So glad it turned out well for you!
 
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