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Old 04-19-2012, 03:49 PM
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Okay my Chi gets pork ribs quite often but most of the rib bones are WAY too dense for her and she never eats the bone. She eats the meat off the bone and then I toss the bone. Well today was another pork rib day but the bone was a lot thinner than usual in this one.

Long story short, Onyx has some food aggression problems and when I walked by her crate she freaked out and ate the entire rib, bone and all! I hardly heard any crunching so I'm worried she didn't break the bone up before swallowing like usual. Do you think she will digest it okay? I'm all freaked out about impaction.

Also, she loves eating meat on the bone instead of just cut up meat in her bowl and I know it's good for her teeth, but should I continue to feed this way when she has such food aggression issues on raw? It is SO hard to get a bone away from her after she has stripped all of the meat off. I have to literally pry it out of her mouth because as soon as I'm going to pick it up she grabs it in her mouth and just sits there growling. I usually feed meat on large bones though so she can't swallow them. NOTHING is worth trading to her either. I try to use treats or another food item to get her to drop it but nothing is as good as raw to her. She never really had such food aggression problems on kibble either.
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:26 PM
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Raw is high value as Onyx is telling you. She doesn't want anyone taking that away, too valuable. If you can't trade up, or teach a reliable 'drop it', then make it easy on yourself and feed really really big (as big as her head or larger), or just dice it up into teensy pea sized pieces or grind. Otherwise you will have the gulping problem, as you found out.

I think the pork bone will digest just fine. I would do meat only meals for several meals, no bone. She may have a chalky stool or two, but you may not even notice that. I don't think she will get impacted. Just keep an eye out. I think it will digest with no problems at all.
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Marie, I am curious as to how this turned out for you?
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Had no internet access so couldn't reply, but I'm back!

Everything went well and she was fine. She was still just as active as her normal self after gulping the rib down and didn't seen bloated or anything so I didn't worry too much. It took her a few days to finally poop but she did. Of course she was a little bit constipated and the poop was tiny and dusty. Her next poop after that was half solid and half gooey. Now that she's back on her normal feeding all is well though! Poops are back to normal and she hasn't gulped anything. She usually never gulps and takes her sweet precious time gnawing away at her food that has bone. Guess I just made her too nervous that day and the rib was small enough for her to think it was okay to swallow.

Their systems are definitely capable of a lot more than what I thought, that's for sure
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I'm glad she's ok Marie.
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Glad to hear it Marie!!!

Glad you didn't incur a big vet bill over it by panicking. Yes, their systems are capable of much more than we give them credit for!

Have a friend whose dog gulped down an entire chicken wing (big dog). She freaked out and called the vet and they said bring him right in! They took an x-ray and sure enough - it was right there in his stomach. They were going to do surgery (!) and several people told her to calm down and just let the stomach acid do its work and it would pass. She took a series of x-rays over the next few days and you could see the bone moving along the GI tract and getting lighter in color as it dissolved and finally it was gone (3rd day). The dog never had any ill effects and stools were normal the whole time!

I'll ask her if I can reprint her x-ray photos. It was pretty amazing!!
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Oh wow just seeing this but glad all is well. I would have been a bit worried myself too.
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Glad your baby is okay! Make sure you give her bigger rib bones so she can't gulp anymore. We always gave Max rib bones and he never gulped them, but every night when we would bring him inside, as he was mainly an outside dog in the summer, he would grab his rib bone if he had one and bring it in with him because he was afraid those big old raccoons or opossums would get it lol.

Max also had food aggression but eventually he started getting over it a little bit at a time. So maybe you could work with your chi as well.

Anyway glad everything's okay!
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