Psyllium helps flush chicken bones

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Sep 01, 2009
By dvm360.com staff

Trying to flush the sharp chips and shards of a chicken bone ingestion wasn't going well with fluids, mineral oil, and glycerin. I needed something with substance to carry the chips and protect the intestinal lining, so I purchased psyllium at a local pharmacy. An enema with a slightly thickened slurry resulted in expulsion of the bone chips. I gave repeat psyllium enemas and finally an oral dose to help the patient pass the bone pieces. I also administered fluids and an analgesic.

Kennie Reeves, DVM
Dayton, Wash.