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The Stuck Bone Disturbance

13/11/2013

I recently received a call from a lady worried sick about her 10 week old Chihuahua, having stolen a bone from the bowl of a larger dog, which was (as confirmed by X-ray) stuck in her stomach.

The vets were un-impressed to say the least and wished to keep her in overnight for observation, and to feed her their specialist post-surgery food ‘to move it along’.

Thankfully, the owner, knowing that this particular surgery was not staffed overnight refused, and said that she would provide real food for her dog. It was at this point she called me.

I was able to explain that in order for the stomach to be able to digest the bone,  she needed to ‘fast’ her pup, so that the pH could get up to it’s optimum efficiency of 1, whereas if she fed anything, (especially anything cooked or that contained grains), the pH would not have the opportunity to do its’ work, and that surgery was a more likely option.

Thankfully, within a few hours the pup had digested the bone, and was charging around at ten to the dozen.

Please be vigilent about ensuring that no-one convinces you to do something that you are not sure of, so that you too can have a happy ending.

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