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Q. My Pit Bull ate a lot of deer carcass and she hasn't been very active since; for last two days she has just layed around, won't walk. Please help!

Answered By
JESSICA L DESROSIERS

A. Eating a lot of food that your dog is not used to can cause severe digestive upset such as pancreatitis. Ingestion of foreign bodies such as bones or bacteria from the carcass can also cause a dog to become very ill. Symptoms of these conditions may include vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the vomit or diarrhea, painful abdomen or hunched back to protect the abdomen, lethargy and loss of appetite.

Dogs should be kept away from eating dead or raw meat found in the wild to prevent illness, ingestion of foreign bodies and the spread of internal parasites. In minor digestive upset, picking up food for a few hours then feeding a bland diet of plain boiled chicken and plain white rice can help to settle the stomach. However, it is best to contact your local veterinarian for an appointment to make sure there is not a foreign body or serious illness such as pancreatitis causing her symptoms.


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