Help! My Dog Ate Chicken Bones, What do I do?

You were watching the much-anticipated game on the TV when you suddenly got distracted to find your pet, Buddy, eating the bones of every yummy chicken wing carcass laid on your table. You remember your vet telling you not to ever give your pooch cooked bones, and although you are not really sure why these things are known to be so bad for them, you get rather panicky.

Yes, we’ve all been there. Aren’t dogs inherently built to eat and digest steak, chicken, ham or rib bones? Well, before you rush Buddy off to the clinic, here are a few things to consider.

What to Do

1.When Buddy gets hold of the cooked bones. Because cooked bones can splinter  in the dog’s mouth, throat, and digestive linings; thus, causing serious injury and even death to them, it is very important that you first make sure that right after your pooch has gotten hold of the bones, he is not choking on them.  You will know that the bones have been lodged in your dog’s throat if he starts to gag, wretch, vomit, drink excessively, lick his lips, suddenly shows an anxious pacing, or has difficulty sitting down comfortably.

2. When Buddy has already ingested the bones. If your pet has already eaten the forbidden food and does not appear to be choking or experiencing any kind of distress, it is likely that he will be fine. Nevertheless, it is essential that you remain vigilant about his condition over the next few days. Ensure that he is able to pass the bones through his stool. You can try giving your pooch something soft such as white bread to serve as a cushion in their stomach. This way, their delicate digestive lining can be protected from being scratched by the bones’ jagged edges.

Because perforation of organs impose a real threat whenever sharp objects are ingested by your pet, it is imperative that you pay attention to possible internal bleeding. For the next 12 to 48 hours, be alert for signs of bloody stool, difficulty defecating, stomach swelling, vomiting, nervous or anxious behavior, or any other form of abdominal discomfort. Once you see your pooch exhibiting any one of these life-threatening symptoms, immediately seek out for medical attention. If even after 72 hours you still haven’t found any bone fragments in his stool, have your dog examined by a vet straightaway.

3. Learn from the experience. Prevention is always better than a cure. The best thing you can do after this frightening incident is to learn from it and ensure that it does not ever happen again. Take precautionary measures by keeping a better eye on Buddy, purchasing a more dog-safe trash can, and ensuring that table scraps are not in any accessible place to your pooch.

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