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Is Dylan having any vomiting or retching, as if trying to vomit?
Ok- the ingestion of pigs ears can certainly cause a blockage, but typically dogs will also have vomiting or retching.
Another concern is that pigs ears can cause perforation (tear of the stomach or intestinal lining) due to their sharp edges
When this occurs you may notice signs of a GI bleed like dark, tarry stools or vomiting coffee ground appearance vomitus
It is also very possible that he is just suffering from a little GI inflammation (gastroenteritis) due to the ingestion.
What I would recommend doing is giving him an over the counter antacid like Pepcid (famotidine) or Prilosec (omeprazole) to help settle his stomach
Tomorrow I would recommend a bland diet like boiled chicken and white rice. Continue to ensure he has access to water throughout the night.
If you are ready to get to bed, I would just keep him as close as possible so if he begins retching you will know. If this happens he should be seen immediately for xrays.
Likewise if you note dark/tarry stools, severe diarrhea, or continued lethargy/inappetence for over 24 hours, he should be seen right away.
His bloating is likely causing him to be quite painful/uncomfortable. I can never say something is or is not an emergency 100% without assessing a patient but based on what you are describing, I think the likelihood of this being an obstruction is low. If you are concerned or he continues to decline, would you be able to bring him to an ER clinic?
Please keep me posted on how he is doing- feel free to send me a message tomorrow morning to update me. :)
Raw chicken can cause the overgrowth of GI bacteria like E.Coli and salmonella. At least for the next few days, I would recommend holding off on this just until we know 100% there isn't something more serious going on.
Yes- my dog loves pigs ears as well but they can be dangerous if they "bite off more than they can chew" so to speak. :)
I hope he starts to feel better soon- let me know if you need anything else.
:) :) No problem at all.