Buddha is a 5 year old Corgi who was taken into Vetwest Canning Vale after his owners had noticed he was unwell. Buddha was lethargic, constipated and had been vomiting. His owners were worried as they had fed him some raw bones a few days earlier and he had been unwell since. Upon examination by his veterinarian, Buddha was found to be moderately dehydrated, probably as a result of the vomiting. The vet could also feel a hard mass in his abdomen and she was concerned that there may be pieces of bones stuck in Buddha's intestines.
Unfortunately for Buddha this procedure had to be repeated twice more until the vets were satisfied that enough of the bone chips had been removed and the faecal material was soft enough for him to pass. Buddha recovered well from the anaesthetic however his constipation was quite severe and some damage had already occurred to his bowel. This had resulted in bacteria being able to pass through the protective coating and wall of the intestines and entering his blood stream, resulting in Septicaemia. The vets immediately started Buddha on a course of intravenous antibiotics. Budda needed to stay in hospital for several days on fluids and antibiotics until he was well enough to go home. Thankfully he has now made a full recovery and his owners report that he is happy and well.
If you do choose to feed your pet bones we have some tips on how it can be done to minimise problems:
- Allow your pet to chew on a bone not through it
- Dispose of chewed bones promptly
- Bones should always be bigger than the pets head so they cannot be swallowed
- Whole bones are the safest. If a bone has been pre-cut, remove any bone marrow as it is very high in fat
- Ideally bone chewing should be started as kittens or puppies, however, can be carefully introduced later in life
- Bones are not recommended for pets who have a history of pancreatitis
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