What’s the Harm in a Chicken Bone?
If your dog ate a chicken bone… Well, a chicken bone isn’t the only concern. The recommendation is, don’t feed your dog any type of cooked bone. This might seem counterintuitive because veterinarians sometimes encourage us to give our sick pups plain chicken.reast. But a bone is not the same thing as a cooked piece of meat.
Bones are not as easily digestible as shredded chicken. It’s not too difficult to snap or splinter the bone into smaller pieces and/or jagged edges. This makes for a choking hazard for your dog. The bone could get stuck in your dog’s throat or even damage the gastrointestinal tract. Not only is this very painful for your pup, but in a worst-case scenario, could lead to death.
Remember, it’s not just cooked bones that are harmful to your dog. Raw meat and uncooked bones contain bacteria (like salmonella and e. Coli) that are dangerous to humans and pets. The lesson is this: do as best as you can to keep your pup away from any type of bone.
What Should You Do If Your Dog Ate a Chicken Bone?
Ignore your instinct to get stressed. If you panic, your dog will notice something is amiss. When you catch your dog eating the bone, stay calm. Some dogs may be territorial over their food, so do not try and snatch the bone away. If your dog knows the “drop it” command, give that a shot first. Be prepared for your dog to be enamored with the bone. If that’s the case, he might eat it quickly.
Stay as calm as you can and monitor your dog. If your dog does have trouble swallowing the bone and is choking, you can perform the Heimlich Maneuver. But that is a worst case scenario, so don’t immediately worry that your dog will choke. Once you’ve assessed the situation, it’s time to call your vet.
Not every chicken bone will crack or splinter, but once your dog consumes the bone, you won’t know what’s going on internally. Ask your vet to tell you the signs of distress to watch for. Here are some things to look out for: lethargy, constipation, straining for a bowel movement, or bloody stool, vomiting, bloat in the stomach, refusing to eat or acting uncomfortable. Call your vet if you notice any of these symptoms.