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Angus and the Deer Bones

By April 24, 2020 No Comments

Angus is refusing to look at me on his way home. He, honestly, has had all of me he wants for a while. Angus found a deer carcass and ate many, many bones. The bones, which he crunched up into very small pieces, all packed together very tightly in his colon. It took a week’s worth of enemas several times a day and two surgeries to finally relieve Angus’s constipation. Angus’s condition required intense supportive care including pain management, intravenous fluids and antibiotics. The entire Camden Animal Clinic staff spent their days and nights worrying about him and praying that he would just “POOP”!!

Bones of any type can be very dangerous for dogs. Constipation is just one problem that bones cause. I have surgically removed large bones that got “stuck” in the digestive tract. I have had bones puncture the intestine and cause peritonitis. Eating bones commonly cause gastritis (irritation of the stomach lining).

The next time you are tempted to give your best friend some bones please think of Angus and think again.

Dr. Paschall