“Oh No! My dog ate chicken bones, what can I do?” this is a common question searched on Google. If you are in such a situation, don’t panic, just remain calm. Don’t think of calling an ambulance. Your dog is probably going to be okay.
First things first; OK, so what should I do first if my dog ate chicken bones?
Assess Your Dog
Is he/she choking or gagging? If yes, check his throat to see if you can see the bone. If yes, try to remove it.
If you cannot see it or you cannot remove it safely, stop reading this and call your vet. Notify him/her you are on your way.
If your dog is not choking or gagging, then chances are that the bone found its way through and is now in your dog’s stomach waiting to be digested. The fact that your dog ate chicken bones will worry you for some time because we have all been told that chicken bones are dangerous for dogs.
However, stay calm; your dog will probably be fine. But you can take a few precautions to be on the safe side
Investigate A Little Deeper
Is he licking his lips while looking back at with his head on one side? Perhaps he is remembering how sweet the bones were.
Is he wagging his tail furiously or perhaps he is basking in the sun not knowing what awaits him?
Or maybe he is playing with your favorite shoes and chasing his tail.
It’s true that everyone will get worried if their dog ate chicken bones, but you should remain calm since he may not be in no immediate danger. You have enough time to think about what to do next.
So, Should You Take Your Dog To The Vet Immediately?
Continue maintaining your calm disposition; there is no point of calling an ambulance or drive at law-breaking speed to your vet with a happy, healthy dog just because he successfully swallowed a chicken bone. No vet is going to attend to such a dog hurriedly. Provided the bone is not causing a problem to your dog, you can use alternative ways to help him.
So, a question might be how can I help if my dog ate chicken bones?
Here Are Some Ways of Assisting Your Dog
The swallowed bone can only come out in three ways.
The first option is through vomiting. However, you shouldn’t provoke your dog to vomit.
The second option involves incising your dog’s stomach (this should be done by a vet).
And the third option is allowing the bone to pass through the normal digestive route. This is by far the best option unless your dog is having discomforts.
For this reason, your vet is only going to incise your dog’s stomach if it is showing signs of discomforts. We will discuss these signs later.
Caution; don’t provoke your dog to vomit
This may do more harm than good because the bone can damage your dog’s throat or gullet on its way up. If you go to the vet, he/she is likely to advise you to watch if your dog will have any abnormalities.
As a precautionary measure, you can give a call to your vet to let them know that your dog has eaten a bone, but he’s doing fine.
To answer the next question, let’s discuss the difference between raw and cooked chicken bones.
Can dogs eat chicken bones?
We are only dealing with the facts here.
The answer to this question depends on whether the bones are cooked or not.
If he ate raw chicken bones, then you can relax. Many dogs are fed on whole raw chickens, and it is rare for these bones to cause a problem. After all, dogs have a strong digestive system that is designed to digest bones, especially if consumed together with some meat.
However, it can become problematic if they eat bones alone.
As a precaution, if your dog eats a raw bone that didn’t have a lot of meat on it, it’s advisable that you give him meat or other foods to be digested alongside the bone. This will help prevent the bone from sitting in his stomach by itself.
More food in your dog’s stomach will trigger production of more stomach acids which will help dissolve the bone naturally.
The Theory of Dogs and Chicken Bones
The issue here is cooking. Many people find it more dangerous when a dog consumes cooked chicken bones or cooked bones of any kind than raw ones.
As a matter of fact, cooked bones splinter more easily and are more brittle than raw bones.
I cannot refute this fact, although there isn’t much evidence to support it. However, it is universally accepted that cooked bones are dangerous and thus you should not feed them to your dog.
But it’s too late for that since the bone is already inside your dog. Therefore, let’s talk about solutions.
What Should I Do If My Dog Ate Chicken Bones?
Consult your vet, but in most cases, they will tell you to keep a close watch on your dog. The thing is, you need to be sure that the bone has been digested. Just keep an eye on him and look for any abnormalities.
So, what will you be looking for? Signs of pain and discomfort. Did the bone damage his throat or got stuck somewhere. If yes, your vet needs to act.
Here are the signs to watch out for;
If a chicken bone is causing discomfort to your dog, you may see one or more of these signs;
– Retching or vomiting
– Panting or drooling
– Tiredness and reluctance to move
– Looking restless and uncomfortable
– Refusing to eat
– Diarrhea, bleeding from his bottom or straining to pee
– Crying or whining when his tummy is touched
– Funny movements or stretching repeatedly
– Other queer behaviors such as growling
No one knows your dog better than you; therefore if you see him displaying any of the above symptoms, rush him to the vet immediately. However, if your dog is relaxed, he will probably digest the bone.
The Final Words On My Dog Ate Chicken Bones
If your dog ate cooked chicken bone, that should not worry you a lot unless he starts showing signs of pain and discomfort. Many dogs eat cooked chicken bones often and don’t get harmed.
Cooked chicken bones are dangerous for dogs, and you should keep them away from your dog.
In case your dog ate cooked chicken bones, let your vet know, and then keep an eye on your dog for at least 48 hours to make sure he doesn’t show any signs of pain or discomfort.