There are many foods that can be pretty toxic to dogs: raisins, garlic, onions, grapes, nuts… but there is one food every pet parent dreads their dog eating, and that food is chicken bones. Your dog ate chicken bones? Learn what to do!
Why are chicken bones dangerous?
Regarding chicken bones digestion, there are many factors to take into account. First of all, something that can turn the episode into an emergency: These bones can get stuck on your pup’s throat and block the airways. Besides, chicken bones are very sharp and splinter easily, hence they can cause perforations in the gums, throat, esophagus, intestinal tract, etc. Last but not least, if dogs eat raw chicken, they can be exposed to bacteria.
It’s important to underline that cooked chicken is far less dangerous than raw chicken. Not only because it is not exposed to bacteria, but also because cooked bones are much less likely to hurt your pup.
What can I do if my dog ate chicken bones?
It happens to the best pet parents: your dog can dig in your trash while you are in the bathroom, or sneak into your fridge and grab some chicken pieces as a snack. In spite of our best efforts, accidents can happen, the important thing is to be prepared and to act fast. Here is a list of things you can do if your dog ate chicken bones:
- Check if they are obstructing his respiratory airway: If you hear your dog gagging or retching, and you can see the chicken bone in his mouth or throat, you should try to take it out. If that’s not possible, you should call your vet asap. If the bone is not obstructing or hurting his throat, don’t induce vomit, it can make it worse.
- Feed your dog with bread: It will help to cover sharp edges of chicken bones and avoid damage.
- Keep an eye on him: During the next 24 to 48 hours, check if he experiences diarrhea, vomiting, stomach swelling, or blood in his stool.
- Feed him with pumpkin to promote disposal. Smooth vegetables like pumpkin or zucchini will speed the process of bone elimination.
- Check his stool: If you don’t see any sign of chicken bones within 48 to 72 hours, take your pup to the vet for a close checkup.
If your dog ate chicken bones, we strongly recommend you get in touch with your vet just to be safe. He/she knows your dog and his medical history, so he/she will assess the situation and will tell you exactly what to do.