What to do if your dog eats chicken bones

Posted February 24th, 2011 by gemainz

We are aware of the dog’s gargantuan appetite. Dog owners are aware that their furry friends are not choosy eaters. Look how they eat non-edible things. A well loved dog that is regularly provided with high quality food will still eat poop. As vets and other dog experts would tell us, dogs and chicken bones will be a potentially dangerous combination. This means that if your date in watching Avatar is a bucket of KFC, you need to lock the pooch in another room.

You may have prevented the dog from eating the forbidden chicken bones but the fact is – you cannot have your eyes glued to the beloved pooch at all times. What will you do if the dog has decided to raid the trash cans where you have chucked the bucket of chicken bones? Of course you cannot ask the dog to throw up the bones it has ingested. All you need to do is to keep an observant eye not only on the behavior of the dog but also on what comes out with the feces.

Dogs have this peculiar predilection for dogs. Dogs consider bones as valuables that must be buried to keep hidden. What potential dangers do chicken bones have for the dog? Cooked chicken bones are especially dangerous because it becomes brittle. Because chicken bones are brittle, they can break easily when chewed by the dog and became potentially dangerous when ingested. The sharp shards can get stuck on the mouth or pierce the throat of the dog too. Chicken drumstick bones are especially dangerous. The long and hard drumstick bones would break into many needle sharp splinters that would be more dangerous if swallowed by the dog.

Carefully watch a dog that has eaten chicken bones. A dog that is affected by chicken bone shards will be listless and show an abnormal behavior. Take note of the dog’s stool. If it is tinged with blood or if the dog is straining to defecate, don’t procrastinate; take the dog to the vet’s.

Chicken bones are normally passed with the feces. A double ration will not only “cushion” the bones but the additional food intake will encourage the dog’s system to pass more stools. A can of pumpkin will make the dog throw up. Wish that the bones will be thrown up by the dog.

What to do if your dog eats chicken bones? Sarah’s Dogs has more answers to this question as well as first aid for dogs.

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