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While out for a short walk with my 14 week old Border collie,

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While out for a short walk with my 14 week old Border collie, she found some raw bird bones ( the dead bird was not in the field this morning!) and ran off before I could remove them from her mouth. She's chewed them and swallowed them. I know that they should NOT have access to such bones and wonder if I should contact my vet. Could you please advise? Thanks!
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Altman :

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.

Dr. Altman :

Luckily bird bones are quite shallow and will be broken down in the stomach

Dr. Altman :

Unfortunately vomiting is contraindicated at this point (the shards can do more harm than good to the esophagus) so give her a few pieces of bread, wait a few hours, then repeat and increase her walks for 24-48 hours to increase her motility and push the pieces through

Dr. Altman :

They should pass within this period of time

Dr. Altman :

If she has any vomiting, reduced appetite, lethargy then I would contact your veterinarian but at this point it is a matter of them passing through her gi tract to the other side. Most cases will pass without incident

Dr. Altman :

Please let me know if this information makes sense and any additional questions I can assist with today

Customer: Thanks. Will start feeding some bread!!!
Dr. Altman :

Great! Can I assist with any other questions today?

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