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shaz1978
12th June 2011, 01:02 PM
Bone warningHi Everyone,I just wanted to post a horrible event that happened to my sweet puppy Lucy.She was happily chewing on her daily raw beef bone when she came running up to me and wanted me to pick her up, I knew from the look on her face something was terribly wrong, she had a piece of bone stuck, after several attempts to cough it up, and blood in her vomit, I new it was time to take her to the vet, when we got there she was breathing really funny and they took xrays, and sure enough, almost all the way down her eosophagus was thepiece of bone.

Amy the vet on duty said she wasn't sure she should try to get it out by endoscopy because she had only done it once and failed, so she rang a Melbourne specialist and he said because it had only just happened 1 hour ago it might come out easily so shd asked me what i wanted to do and that if we waited to see the specialist in Melbourne 3 hours away it might be to late, so after the specialist giving Amy the vet some pointers I agreed to let her have a go, well 2 hours later and me going crazy, she rang to say she had finally got it, it was a round part of the bone and she has no idea how it got that far, anyway Lucy had to stay overnight and then I was given 5 different medications and told not to feed her for another 24 hours and then only sloppy baby food, so we are at 2 weeks later and off all medication and on soaked dry food and doing great she has no damage to her eosophagus and is back to her cheeky self.

I know a lot of you feed raw bones to your dogs but please, please think twice, if I wasn't home when Lucy choked we would have lost her, because the eosophagus starts to swell after a few hours and then may perforate, so just think about how you would feel if you come home to that, I will never feed any type of bone again! But Lucy is ok and I am so thankful to have her in our life.

Brian M
12th June 2011, 02:18 PM
Hi

Thank heavens Lucy:) is safe and that you made all the right decisions and I hope shes back home safe and well as soon as your Vets are happy with her.

Thank you for your post which I am sure will make all of us who feed raw that much more careful were bones of any type or size are concerned ,can you
advise what type of bone it was ie beef ,lamb neck/rib etc .Though I feed 100% raw I am ultra careful what type and size of bones I give and if in doubt I dont feed it and like you I always stay with them all till they are finished, and if by chance any of them are taking longer than I think they should be I offer a higher value treat and take the bone off them and throw it away .I also only feed bones in small pieces and if needed chopped up with garden seceteurs, for instance even a small chicken wing I chop into three and never ever give them any large bones to knaw away on just in case .

Thanks again for your post and pls tell us all when Lucy is happily safe back home ,and feed whatever you and Lucy are safe and happy with.:o

GraciesMom
12th June 2011, 02:29 PM
That is sooooo scary. Gracie has had issues with bones anyway, so taking these off the list entirely. Thanks for sharing this story and so glad your Lucy is recovered.

gamefanz
12th June 2011, 02:50 PM
Oh no I am so sorry to hear that. I'm glad all will be ok. Thank you for the warning. I never gave my Pekingese bones because I was so scared of them. I will continue this with Toby especially seeing what could happen. Becky

meljoy
12th June 2011, 02:54 PM
That is so scarey, Im glad Lucy is ok now.
I dont feed Leo bones, even though a neighbour of mine often sends round a bone from her sunday joint for Leo I never feed him them.
Your story has made my mind up even more that I never will.

Sydneys Mom
12th June 2011, 03:42 PM
How frightening for you and Lucy. Glad she's OK now.

Cathy T
12th June 2011, 03:56 PM
Oh my gosh...how scary!! I'm so glad Lucy is okay. I've had a couple of choking incidents on bones, jerky and fish skins....so I just flat out don't give them anymore. I had a gulper (Shelby) and one missing a fourth of his mouth (Jake) so I just don't even chance it anymore. So glad Lucy is okay!!

shaz1978
12th June 2011, 10:02 PM
Hi Everyone and thankyouThe bone was a beef rib bone and she had been having themEveryday for several months, but she is a little piggy and a Gulper and I think she was maybe a bit hungrier on this dayAnd just didn't chew it enough,et but I will never give her anotherBone of any sort, it was way to close, and Lucy and I paid a visit toHer vet that saved her life to give her a thankyou card and some Chocolates and she said she was sorry because she actually lied toUs about how many endoscopy bone retrievals she had actually doneshe had actually done three, and none of them worked out very well!So that is just how close we come to losing her, so between that reality and the fact I will never forget the look on Lucy's face when she realized she was in trouble, she was so scared, NO MORE BONES! EVER

goda
13th June 2011, 12:37 AM
Bone warningHi Everyone,I just wanted to post a horrible event that happened to my sweet puppy Lucy.She was happily chewing on her daily raw beef bone when she came running up to me and wanted me to pick her up, I knew from the look on her face something was terribly wrong, she had a piece of bone stuck, after several attempts to cough it up, and blood in her vomit, I new it was time to take her to the vet, when we got there she was breathing really funny and they took xrays, and sure enough, almost all the way down her eosophagus was thepiece of bone.

Amy the vet on duty said she wasn't sure she should try to get it out by endoscopy because she had only done it once and failed, so she rang a Melbourne specialist and he said because it had only just happened 1 hour ago it might come out easily so shd asked me what i wanted to do and that if we waited to see the specialist in Melbourne 3 hours away it might be to late, so after the specialist giving Amy the vet some pointers I agreed to let her have a go, well 2 hours later and me going crazy, she rang to say she had finally got it, it was a round part of the bone and she has no idea how it got that far, anyway Lucy had to stay overnight and then I was given 5 different medications and told not to feed her for another 24 hours and then only sloppy baby food, so we are at 2 weeks later and off all medication and on soaked dry food and doing great she has no damage to her eosophagus and is back to her cheeky self.

I know a lot of you feed raw bones to your dogs but please, please think twice, if I wasn't home when Lucy choked we would have lost her, because the eosophagus starts to swell after a few hours and then may perforate, so just think about how you would feel if you come home to that, I will never feed any type of bone again! But Lucy is ok and I am so thankful to have her in our life.

How scary! I don't feed the dogs raw bones, good to know this because I won't start. I am glad she is OK. Poor baby!

Karlin
13th June 2011, 02:49 PM
Thanks for the post and warning. I fully believe there are far, far more such incidents and people don't post about them -- most likely because the politics of feeding raw meaty bones is very strong, and people can feel too intimidated to relate such stories (and often get shot down in particularly nasty ways on raw feeding forums or by RMB advocates on general dog forums, if they try... :rolleyes: ).

I too have had such experiences, with *experienced* raw feeding dogs -- two times, two different cavaliers, with chicken RMBs. Not dogs prone to gulping, good eaters.

I try to emphasis that people really need to consider the risks if they choose to feed RMBs -- many feel benefits outweigh risks but once you have seen a dog go through almost having a serious and potentially fatal incident like this, it makes one pretty wary of feeding whole bones/carcasses/etc.

Nalu
14th June 2011, 03:19 AM
Bird bones are hollow (to keep them light for flight) and therefore splinter. Someone I know who had an autopsy done on their dog found out the insides were all torn up from chicken bones. :(