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It appears that my 1yr old GSD Xindra has just swallowed 3 or 4 bones from the baby back ribs I had for dinner. I stupidly left my plate out after dinner and got on my computer, got sidetracked and didn't go back to clean up my plate for 10-15 minutes (she's normally VERY good about not trying to get at people food, so I stupidly didn't worry about leaving it out).

When I returned, there were only 3 bones on my plate and I know I ate more than that (6 or 7). When I discovered this, Xindra immediately went into her "I did something bad" mode so I'm pretty sure she got them and this isn't just a case of I forgot how much I ate. I looked around her favorite places to stash things and didn't turn anything up, so I'm worried that she swallowed them.

Xindra seems to be just fine, she isn't showing any signs of discomfort. This all happend in the last 20 minutes or so. Should I be worried? Should I do anything other than keep a close eye on her tonight? Should I expect her to vomit them up and if so is that a good thing?

I appreciate any feedback. Her vet isn't open this late (10:20pm here) otherwise I would call them.
 

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Take a deep breath and relax. Your dog will most likely be just fine. All you need to do is keep an eye on her for any sign of distress for the next couple of days.
 

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That's exactly what I figured. She seems to be just fine ... I just wanted to confirm this isn't something serious I need to take her to an emergency vet for or anything.

She'll be home alone while I'm at work tomorrow, but I'll pop in around lunch time to check on her. She sleeps in my bedroom so I'm sure I'll hear if she starts vomiting or anything.
 

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I feed her raw chicken wings every day, she chomps the bones and digests them no problem. I'm just worried because these were cooked, and cooked bones can splinter.
 

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This is definitely something you wouldn't ever want to feed on purpose due to the potential for splintering because even though the chance of a splintering problem is fairly slim, there is still a chance and I sure wouldn't want to risk my dog.
 

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Oh I wouldn't feed this on purpose, I'm aware that cooked bones are not safe. That's why I'm kicking myself for leaving them out!

She still seems to be fine btw. If there weren't 3 or 4 bones missing from my plate I'd have no clue anything happened. She even managed to snag them without leaving a trace, didn't even knock over the tv tray/stand the plate was on.
 

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Watch her poop carefully for the next couple of days. Anything unusual (blood, thin stools, she's not pooping at all, etc), that's when you need to worry. If she starts acting weird, vomiting, lack of appetite, that could indicate a problem too. All these should show up in the next several days or so.

After that, you should be clear.
 

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Hope your dog is all right. Whenever I suspect my dogs got into something that could be sharp, I give them half a can of soft food and a little bread. It may cushion the 'sharp points' as they go down.
I have also read about using cotton balls soaked in chicken broth. It will attach to tiny, sharp objects that might cause some trouble, and guide it through the digestive track.
Hope everything is all right!
 
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