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    Phoenix gave me a huge fright tonight. Silly cow swallowed her ox tail whole, choked badly, seemed to recover and started eating the rest of her dinner, I walked out and came back a minute later to her having thrown up her dinner (but not the ox tail) and was super distressed (but still trying to re eat her dinner), she was throwing up her food in a very sticky bile type substance, I thought we were about to have a trip to the e-vet but she seems to have fully recovered now. Never seen her more distressed then she was tonight, scary.

    Now I am wondering if I should be worried about it becoming an obstruction....it was part of an ox tail about half the size of a fist, and she definitely didnt bring it back up. She seems mostly fine at this stage. Drinking and eating, but she was eating mid choke so not necessarily a sign of anything.

    Any one with experience have advice? Is obstruction a possibilty? Should I look out for anything in particular?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    Phoenix gave me a huge fright tonight. Silly cow swallowed her ox tail whole, choked badly, seemed to recover and started eating the rest of her dinner, I walked out and came back a minute later to her having thrown up her dinner (but not the ox tail) and was super distressed (but still trying to re eat her dinner), she was throwing up her food in a very sticky bile type substance, I thought we were about to have a trip to the e-vet but she seems to have fully recovered now. Never seen her more distressed then she was tonight, scary.

    Now I am wondering if I should be worried about it becoming an obstruction....it was part of an ox tail about half the size of a fist, and she definitely didnt bring it back up. She seems mostly fine at this stage. Drinking and eating, but she was eating mid choke so not necessarily a sign of anything.

    Any one with experience have advice? Is obstruction a possibilty? Should I look out for anything in particular?
    An obstruction is always a possibility, ever choked on something small yourself? Always a possibliity.
    However, i would take comfort in this:
    Dogs have very little by way of mechanical digestion, ie. they dont chew their food. Or they do, but just enough to wolf it down. Then they have a far superior method of digestion say in comparison to us, Chemical digestion. The chemicals are so strong, they digest any digestable matter, and generally pass what is not digestable. A Ox tail, even a whole ox tail bone, is very digestable to your dog, a piece of cake.

    Ask yourself this: have i ever seen a undigested bone in my dogs poo?

    See, stress less.

    If your dog becomes ill, and appears in distress, start worrying then. But its very unlikely from a ox tail bone, its not like you have a utility dog that has a head smaller than the ox tail.

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    How is Phoenix today, K & P ?

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    She seems fine thanks Riley. She woke me up at 3 am which she never does, and struggled a bit but was fine after that. I spoke to a vet friend this morning and he said as it was raw and not cooked or smoked it will likely be fine as it will digest better. He said to feed her and use it as an indicator, if she throws up straight away it could be stuck in the esophagus, if she throws up a couple hours later then could be stuck further down, if she doesnt throw up all good. She ate a couple hours ago and seems fine and she has been her normal self today.

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    That is really good news ! They can be a real worry when they 'guts' food down. Pup's ability to digest stuff is just awesome ! Need to watch both ends for a while and keep an eye on the water intake. Otherwise - good stuff

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    Good news that Phoenix is feeling better today and keeping food down.

    Scary things always seem to happen when your vet has gone home for the weekend. Hope everything works its way out soon and easily...

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    Wow..I only just saw this..I hope she is better as we have been on tenter hooks with Katy.

    But I agree with the others the fact that it was Raw is good and hopefully the digestive system will do its job..Keeping finger and paws crossed
    Pets are forever

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    Thanks Newfsie. Yep all good now, she ate twice yesterday with no dramas and all else seems to be working fine.

    Hope Katy is feeling better!

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    Katy is still not 100%...Not sure what is going on there
    Pets are forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    Katy is still not 100%...Not sure what is going on there
    Thats no good Newfs. Please keep us updated and sending lovely Katy lots of luck and get well vibes.

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