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You were watching the big game on TV when you got distracted long enough for your dog, Buddy, to steal the bones of every yummy chicken wing sitting on your table. After a family fried chicken dinner, the kids scraped their plates into the trash can, but someone didn’t replace the lid tightly and Buddy couldn’t resist. Or, perhaps someone had a picnic earlier and left behind a chicken bone that Buddy sniffed out and scarfed down during your evening walk.
Yes, we’ve all been there. Aren’t dogs inherently built to eat and digest steak, chicken, ham or rib bones? Well, not exactly. But, before you rush Buddy off to the clinic, here are a few things to consider. Although dogs and bones have always gone together, it’s cooked bones – not raw – that can be dangerous.
Raw bones – yes, even raw chicken bones – are actually quite beneficial for dogs. In addition to providing calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals and nutrients, they stimulate the production of saliva enzymes that keep teeth and gums clean and healthy, and are an excellent way to provide both mental and physical stimulation, preventing boredom or bad behavior. Remember to always supervise your dog while he’s chewing.
Cooked bones, on the other hand, unless they have been labeled as safe for dogs, should be avoided. Yes, even that rib bone your dog’s been salivating over while you ate dinner should go safely into the trash or compost pile and not into your dog’s bowl. Cooked bones become dry and brittle. When chewed by your dog, cooked bones can crack and splinter leading to painful cuts to the mouth and gums, or, worse, can lead to choking, internal injuries, punctured organs, and death.
Still, despite your best efforts, your dog eats a cooked bone. What should you do?
1.When Buddy gets hold of the cooked bones. Because cooked bones can splinter in a dog’s mouth, throat, and digestive linings; thus, causing serious injury and even death, 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 dog 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 his stomach. This way, delicate digestive lining can be protected from being scratched by the bones’ jagged edges.
Because perforation of organs is 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 72 hours, be alert for signs of bloody stool, difficulty defecating, stomach swelling, vomiting, nervous or anxious behavior, or any other form of abdominal discomfort. If you see your dog exhibiting any one of these symptoms, immediately seek out medical attention. If after 72 hours you still haven’t found any bone fragments in his stool, have your dog examined by a vet.
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.
There is no problem with that, I used to give my labrador cooked chicken dog every week.
Thanks! This is a great relief. I have found ground-up bones in the dog food and it’s a relief to know it is okay.
I am trying to get more ideas or food ideas to give to my dog who just ate my drumstick chicken bone ( very tiny) but it is cooked and i know giving bread if the bone is digested so that it will cushion the bone so it can pass easier and hopefully help if its splintered although she didnt chew it just swallowed right away… my dog is not showing signs of any health issues from eating the so i was hoping anyone had more ideas on what to give my doggie besides bread to help her digestion and hopeful release without complications !
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Help my dog ate some chicken bone
My 9 month old Australian Shepherd puppy consumed 3 chicken wing bones and she has been acting perfectly normal, I have her a piece of white bread just in case and I have been watching her. I am just wondering if she will be ok? I am very nervous because I have never had an experience like this. Will she be ok?
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My 11 month old Australian shepherd great pyranese mix got ahold of chicken thigh bones , he didnt eat all his dinner last night night and was very restless through the night then this morning he threw up and ate more of his food and seems to be resting comfortably now i checked vomit for blood and there wasnt any should i still be worried.
On my experience i’ve had a puppy year 2013 4 months old,
I bought a chicken wings from fastfood for my lunch,
And gave the bones to my puppy,
After a day he got diarrhea,and vomiting also have a blood on his stool.
He don’t want to eat anymore.
I suspect that the chicken i bought have a lot of MSG and after 3 days he died,
Last week i’ve got another puppy 3 months old,
I ate chicken neck,
I was thinking that this time chicken neck dont have MSG because i taste it,
So i gave a little bit of neck bone to my puppy,
After a day same thing was happen to my new puppy,
She also have diarreah and vomiting also have a blood on her stool,
I’ll sent my puppy to vet and vet gave me a medicine and dextrose powder to hydrate my puppy,
But sadly after 2 days she died,
And now i suspect that chicken bones may damage the intestine of young dogs.
From now on i don’t want to have a dog,its hurts when he/she leaves you.
Sorry for my english
Are you for real
i hope that you arent real. If by some chance you are telling the truth, NEVER OWN ANOTHER PET. You clearly are not capable of caring or knowing enough about them keep from killing them. Get a stuffed animal, or a pet rock.
Why the heck are you being salty? You don’t have the rights to say that to the guy that experienced two dogs leaving him behind!
Sure it was his fault but the most important part is that he now know what is the cause and what to properly do next time. Seriously, Selfish and Judgmental people like you shouldn’t be allowed to comment here.
Shut the hell up, Kinito. Stupid people should not be allowed to breed or own any living thing that depends on them for life. Period. End of discussion.
Apparently you shouldn’t be able to own an animal either.
I dont believe i am reading this !!!! Pity it was not you that choked !!! Poor dogs .
People like this should never be able to have dogs!
Please never get another dog because you obviously aren’t responsible or logical enough to handle one.
I lost brain cells reading this how stupid can someone be to do the same mistake
My one year old English bulldog swallowed a cooked chicken bone about 2 inches long, he seems to be fine with no harmful symptoms. If it doesn't hurt him I know it probably will coming out!! I saw I should give him a banana..does this work?
I've never heard the suggestion to give banana, but it certainly wouldn't hurt. Also, bread is recommended to help "cushion" the stomach and intestines. How long ago did he eat the bone? You'll want to watch closely for at least the next 72 hours for any unusual behavior – lethargy, pacing, licking or biting his back end, drinking or eating more or less than usual, etc. If everything seems normal (and, while cooked chicken bones are very risky, most often they're passed without issue) after a few days, you're probably in the clear.
This comment is from someone who has owned, bred and showed dogs and had them as household pets for over 45 years, so whether you agree with me or not it IS based on experience.
The breed of dog has a lot to do with how dangerous a (cooked) chicken bone can be to a dog. If your dog is a glutton, for example, it will not chew the bone well enough and may / will swallow it with many sharp / jagged ends that will present a danger to its digestive system. Or it could even swallow a bone whole! If you own one of the “manufactured” breeds with deformities bred into them for looks (that appeal to people) then they will also have internal deformities that can cause blockages, etc. (I’m not going to single out what breeds I’m referring to but the reader will know what ones I mean if they own one because they will also probably have a very active account at their Vets).
I have owned breeds that tend to chew their food thoroughly when required; I have fed them both cooked and uncooked bones of chicken and other varieties (beef / lamb) for 40+ years and have never had the slightest health issue. Even their stools indicate that the bones get thoroughly digested.
So while I am not suggesting you go against the tide of information that suggests you don’t feed your dog chicken bones, there will be plenty of dogs out there that can comfortably enjoy them.
A major component of my dogs diet is raw chicken necks and occasionally raw chicken wings as I believe the major component of a dogs diet should be raw meat, with the addition of other food stuffs that contain as little grain as possible. There are great dry and moist products available nowadays that are vegetable /meat based where the fiber component is vegetable fiber.
I totally agree with you 100% !!!. Maybe I’ve been super lucky over the last 50+ years, But we(My entire family) give COOKED chicken bones to our dogs WEEKLY !! And have NEVER had an issue !. I think it all leads to #1. The Breed of the dog, #2. How you feed your dog Daily !! If you schedule your dogs feeding, They tend to SCARF down a Bone if they get the chance to speak one, BUT, If you leave food down 24/7 where your dog eats whenever he/she wants, They don’t “Get in a Hurry” to eat the bones !! I’ve had TINY Chihuahuas my entire life, over a dozen “Teacup” Chihuahuas !! And I give them the bones from chicken wings WEEKLY !. I have 6 Chihuahuas now,And neither one weighs over 6 pounds. And we eat “Chinese Takeout every week, And we ALWAYS order 2 orders of Chicken wings for the “Kids” (fur babies). We also cook chicken and rice every week and feed it to the dogs (All our dogs over 50+ years) throughout the week, They really don’t eat alot of “Manufactured” Dog Food, But it’s always there if they get hungry !!. We’ve NEVER had a problem with bone injuries, Never had a “Overweight” dog, And all our “Little” dogs have lived very close, And sometimes OVER 20 years old !! We had a Reindeer Chihuahua live 23 years !!. It’s all in how you raise them !! If their “Used To” eating chicken bones from a early age, I think they consider it a normal food and chew the bones well before swallowing !!. I just hope this reply on here doesn’t “Jinx” me and I end up with a issue now. Lol. Also want to add this, I’ve had several small dogs that would just chew off the “Ends” of the bones !! And not even eat the center parts that would splinter !!!. We just throw away that part !!. I’m not telling anyone to give your dogs ANY kind of Bone !!!!, Just stating what I’ve experienced and did throughout my life and my family’s life.. If you want to give them the bones as a “Treat”, Just chop off the Ends of the bones !!! No danger there and the dog will LOVE it !!!. Much Love to All the dogs in this world !!!.
Please help my huskies ate some chicken from Popeyes off the counter he seems ok and he didn’t choke but I’m still worried please tell me if he will be ok
Angela Mae Monzonsays:
Help! My dog eat about 4 inches chicken legs!I am worried about him..What shoud i do?
ALL YOU PEOPLE ARE PARANOID! MY DOG EATS BONES ALL THE TIME, THEY ARE DOGS PEOPLE! PEOPLE WHO TAKE A DOG TO THE VET FOR EVERYTHING ARE FOOLISH.. JUST CALM DOWN AND SMOKE A DAMN BLUE THE OR SOMMIN. DOGS EAT ANYTHING DAMN NEAR. UNLESS THE BONES HAD POISON ON IT THE DOG WILL BE FINE! SOME OF THESE COMMENTS KILL ME MAN. RELAX!
I was in the garage working Sunday afternoon around 12pm and came inside to find my 15 lb Havenese X Chihuahua had gotten into the garbage bag and ate my Costco deep friend chicken wing bones. He must had had 3-4 wing bones. My first reaction was to try to make him gag to throw it up but it didn't work. So I thought nothing of it. A few hours later he puked once. No biggie I thought. Fed him his dinner around 6. He ate it all no issues. Around 11pm he puked all his dinner up. In his puke was also the chicken wing bone fragments. Small tiny pieces. Most fragments were 1/2 cm or smaller. He also pooped at the same time. As well in his poop were fragments of the bones. Same sizing. Puked again around 2am and again and 4am, and pooped once more at 4am and same fragments of bone in the poop and puke.
Being that today is Victoria Day holiday Monday, my usual vet was closed. Only thing open was Emergency Vets and he seemed to be in no pain or had any issues. From reading online, I went and bought some white bread, and fed him a slice of it to which he gobbled down around 9am. Also gave him a tiny bowl of cooked white rice and a bit of boiled carrots. Gave him some more soggy bread around 11am. He didnt puke at all today and has kept the food in. I took him for a walk around 4pm and he seems to be his normal self, even running and sprinting on our walk. So I don't believe hes in any pain. Gave him his dinner at 6pm and he ate it all as like his normal self so his appetite hasn't gone. Still having regular bowel movements of which, all contain the bones. Its a small amount of poop, not like his usual bigger dumps but they all contain the bones which means its passing through him and no visual sign of blood from his stool or his vomit so thank god.
Gonna call the vet first thing Tuesday morning to get his opinion but I think hes fine. Hes probably puked and pooped most of the bones out. And some of the bones were soft, I assume from the stomach acids breaking it down. But let me tell you, reading the stories online freaked me out even more than if I didnt read them.
But let me tell you, I didn't sleep a wink Sunday when he kept puking. I hope hes fine and nothing is wrong with him internally and if we get through this, never again will be gain access to a garbage bag anymore. A big tall steel garbage can was bought. The stress of going through this wasn't fun.
I've seen dogs die after eating chicken bones. do you think that is something to relax about?
My dogs have eaten THOUSANDS of bones for years and years. Never been a problem. In fact ive never seen a dog IN MY LIFE have a problem after eating a cooked chicken bone. THis is phony paranoid myth
My dog has just died because he ate a chicken bone
Jubal P Speerssays:
We ordered duck for dinner. I unfortunately gave my little friend a leg. He took his time eating it because he always had food. He was so happy because I normally never gave him bones. I dont know why I thought it was ok! He was 7 years old and Cosito was his name. Cosito was a good friend of mine and I’ll miss him forever. Last time I had a puppy I was 9 years old I’m now 45. He passed away the next day after dinner. He was in good health and a happy boy. I have to say to the two sides here. Clearly there could have been a correlation to the death from a bone. And surely there are dogs with strong ability to overcome. But either way understanding that it’s a possibility itself should be the indicator to Not take the chance either way. Good luck to both sides and thank you for not criticizing my input.
When? Where? What scientific study is there that shows that cooked bones are more dangerous than any other type of bone? It’s all baloney – an urban myth that idiots like to spread around unthinkingly.
mike there are so many people who should not have a voice you are one of them
Your right you should relaxed these are just people that are worried for their pups there's nothing wrong about that gez. But sometimes things like this can lead to a very serious problem.
You idiot my dog has just died over eating a chicken bone
Hi annn i my puppy also died when eating chicken bone,
I think chicken bones can damage the intestine of a puppy
Man, it’s 2020 and your comment is still funny, and so TRUE!
Have to say you could be right i may be paranoid . Only just now after 15 yeari found out i could give my parrot chicken bones makeing sure the thin sharp bone is taken off he loves them
Tell that to my mother whose dog got into the chicken bones and died several days later
my dog is 6yrs old,i went to drop the kids at school and left the bin out with last nights chicken carcus in it. She has eaten the whole thing. Do I wait 72hrs or just take her to vets. She seems fine although I was not here when she ate it. help please x
yesterday my 80 pound fox hound mix ate what was left of a small cooked chicken carcus. .the big bones were gone, mostly cartilage and small rib bones. I have not seen any bones yet, it's been about 30 hours since she ate it. what do you think,i
am closely watching her.
Keep monitoring her closely and, if possible, check her stool for any signs of blood or bone fragments. Monitor her behavior for any unusual changes for at least 72 hours following ingestion. If anything seems out of the ordinary, call your vet. After 30 hours without issue, I'd feel fairly comfortable that everything was ok, but do keep watching for a couple more days to be sure.
My dog almost choked on a cooked chicken bone from a fried chicken wing. I've NEVER, EVER been so scared in my entire life… she started to gag, wretch and she could barely stand up… so I started hitting her in the back of the neck with short palm hits and she finally puked the bone. I need to take her to a vet right away just to be sure, she's going to be 13 years old this summer (Labrador) and I don't know what I would do without her, I've had her since she was just 3 weeks old 🙁 I'm NEVER, EVER, IN MY ENTIRE LIFE letting her eat chicken bones (even tho, she ate lots before), I never knew until now that you're not supposed to give cooked bones to dogs, no one ever told me 🙁 Thankfully I found this post and now I know how to prevent it 🙁 Thanks!
Thank you everyone for all the comments. Some scared me and others gave me hope. My kelpie stole entire cooked chicken carcass with the stuffing still in it.from indoor bin 5 days ago. It was 2 in the morning. I woke up cos My other kelpie was growling at her brother for getting in bin. She is always telling him off. I found that he had eaten EVERY bone from one chicken. Freaked out and gave him half a roll bread and stayed awake to see if ok. He seemed fine. Mext day ok too. Its been 72 hrs now and he has been fine. I am wondering if the stuffing cushioned the sharp bones on their way through. I will never know. I also prayed continually to archangel raphael to heal my dog NOW. Thank heavensy kelpie is ok now.
I had a dog that ate a cooked chicken bone. I called my vet and he told me to mash up a banana and give it to him, then monitor for bleeding, etc.
The banana coated everything and the chicken bone remains slid smoothly out by late the next day!
You guys have to relax! Dogs have eaten chicken bones since the dawn of chickens. My dog Puddles which is a Collie lived on nothing but chicken bones and puppy chow out in the country. My dad said if she didn’t eat chicken sometimes she wouldn’t eat nothing at all. Quit buying into this garbage. Dogs bodies are like ours. We use what we have to survive.
It is cooked chicken bones that are bad. Splintering occurs and can cause perforation of the bowels and intestines. Also marrow does not dissolve on gastric acid and can sit in the stomach or intestines. Again this is cooked chicken bones.
My dog ate a chicken wing bone with hot sauce on it I gave him bread hes not gaging or anything but I’m really scared he is just pup
My dog ate a small cooked chicken leg last nite! He has continued to eat, poop, pee and all other things but he only weighs 11 pounds and I’m concerned
Patricia, What was the outcome of your dog eating a chicken leg bone? Was/Is your dog ok?
My Toy Puddle ate about 20 chicken wing bones. She passed after 2 weeks in 2014. Had her since I was little.
If you had since you were little she died of old age
My dog ate a chicken bone from dominoes and after two days she started gagging and vomiting and won’t stop I am very scared and can’t take her to a vet I need to do something ASAP at home plz
hello my toy poodle did the same I live in middle of nowhere and can’t get to vet till next week.shes eating little and just acting a little different but throwing up slime with a little blood.im so scared,did u ever find out what to do for ur pup.please let me know asap
Hi, how did everything turn out?
My Jack Russel Terrier, Apollo, just swallowed a kfc chicken bone what should I do???
My dog Max chomped down some chicken breasts & thigh bones today. I didn’t see them near the cornfield. I fed him a few hours later and I gave him some bread. I know he chewed them and didn’t just swallow I worry if this makes it worse. Does anyone know if it’s worse the bones in small pieces?
My pup ate a wing he found on the ground and it looked spicy……i dont want to tell my mom becasue she will get mad. what can i do for my pup. he didnt choke on it but he has a sensitive tummy, HELP!
My dog Bella ate a chicken bone and did nothing,but she is my little girl who I cry and cuddle with and I don’t want to lose her because my baby brother feed her a STUPID CHICKEN BONE!!!!!!!
I have a 1 yr old he is acting strange we think he may have eat a chicken bone or something in the garbage he shouldnt have. My partner thinks he may just be going crazy for the female a couple doors down. But i am convinced thats not the case he wont move from my side and is whining alot acting like he has to go outside but when he dose he only goes pee. His tummy is a bit harder then normal but doesnt really seem to bother him when i rub or touch it. Does anyone have a comment or imput should i be this freaked out should i call a vet? Or am i just being over protective and way over reacting???
My three year old got into chicken bones while I was at school. He started acting really weird last night. He won’t let anyone but me touch him, won’t let you touch his tail or stomach, keeps whining like he has to go out but when you take him out he won’t do anything, he’s pacing and didn’t eat as much as he usually does yesterday. I don’t know what to do other than call a vet, I’m scared that I’m gonna lose him. Has anyone had this happen or something and can give me advice? He looked so much worse this morning 🙁
Take your dog to a vet. An intestinal blockage can kill a dog.
My 6 1/2 lb poodle ate a chichen leg and back we think. Got in the trash when I was at the store. One hour and a half ago. Can’t find any part of bones. She is acting quiet and fairly normal. What do you think. I am watching her as you suggested..
My poor buddy Ginger is 12 years old,and accidentally swallowed a small turkey bone from Thanksgiving dinner.he has been gagging a lot and pacing a lot.He does eat and drink water okay,but I can feel the bone lodged in his throat.This worrys me.I am so scared for my little guy.He has been like this for a few days now.He does not yelp or cry when it is bothering him.But i do need some good advice on what should I do for him with out going to see an animal doctor.Because that can cost me a lot of money that I do not have to fix my little guy.So any good suggestions or home remedies that I can use to help him.
You need to contact a doctor who can help him instead of letting the poor helpless creature suffer. Look for local animal shelters who can help like SNAP (spay and neuter program) which are cheaper.
My 1 month old puppy ate a chicken bone. He first choking, then crying then he’s uneasy, walking like drunk. I don’t know what to do. Im trying to take it out, but it’s useless because he’s just resisting and crying. Then suddenly he stop and just sit. it’s like he’s back to normal. But i still want to make sure. Its 4am and no vet is open at this time. What should i do? He’s just a puppy 🙁
My dog, Murphy, just ate four chicken wing bones when I got back from the bathroom. I have no clue what to do. He isn’t doing anything different or choking.. WHAT DO I DO? Anyone?
Well, if hes not choking or showing any odd behaviour, feed him white bread. It provides as a cusion for his stomache and intestines, so i reccommend you do this daily until he starts showing bones in his feces, until he stops.
if at any ppint during this he has blood in his feces, or is pacing, a swollen stomach, or similar signs of something awful, take him to an animal hospital immediately.
Also, if after 72 hours of swallowing the bones, if he hasn’t passed them yet, take him to a vet to be examined
Wow someone who’s seems to care and give some sensible advise thanks taking your suggestion into thought I hope my best friend (buddy is his name )pulls through this I’ll never eat another chicken wing at home again or allow them in my home I’ve had him for 2 years and love him like family I take him everywhere except work I’ll bedevastated mainly cus I feel like it’s my fault some of y’all shouldn’t be so insensitive
It appears that my dog got ahold of 1 bone and it was small but he was drinking a little bit but was choking a little bit before but he is doing it a lot toe bit I do not know what to do
My dog has eaten a cook chiking bone and we have no I dear
What to do.she keeps drinking and were verry worried a bout
Her it is verry difficult to tell if she’s all right or no we don’t know if she going
To die or do we need to take her to the vets
My 11 yr old coonhound at 5 cooked chicken legs. It happened on Wednesday, it is now Friday. He had a bowel movement Thursday morning and Thursday night, but nothing today yet.
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