Despite our best efforts, accidents happen, and our lives. Usually, our dogs will steal a yummy piece of people food off the counter or off the plate of an unsuspecting guest, even if we’re doing the best we can to prevent it. Many people foods are particularly dangerous for dogs, however. This includes cooked chicken bones, which is something that is within reach of our pups on a somewhat regular basis. Cooked chicken bones can break and splinter, which can cause you to puncture the gastrointestinal tract, or get caught in his throat. This is extremely painful to your dog and potentially leads to death. So what exactly should you have if your dog has chicken bones?
Remember, panicking is not going to help our dogs in any way. If you catch your dog in the act, try to calmly take the rest of the bones from him. Dogs can be possessive about food, so if your puppy is not aggressive, he’s likely to try and gobble everything down before you take it away. If your dog has already taken all of the bones, you will have no choice but to be drastic, unnecessary, and potentially dangerous. Simply make sure your dog is not choking, and give your veterinarian a call to help you figure out how to handle the situation. Your veterinarian may sacrifice a simple solution, like giving your dog the bone fragments, but every veterinarian and situation can be different, so be sure to get in touch with yours.
Although chicken bones can splinter and puncture internal organs, it does not mean that they will do so every time. It is certainly a risk we have watched the bones, you can watch now is watch him carefully. Ask your veterinarian about the signs and symptoms of internal bleeding or blockages. If you notice your dog is lethargic, constipated, straining to defecate, or has bloody stool, is vomiting, appears bloated in the abdomen, not eating or is generally uncomfortable, you’re going to seek veterinary attention right away. Check your dog’s stool daily to see if you can see the bone fragments passing through. If you have not been there for 72 hours after ingestion (or whatever time frame is recommended by your veterinarians), it is a good idea to visit the bones in your dog’s intestine, esophagus or throat.
Learn From the Experience
Prevention is always the best medicine, but we’re all human, and we make mistakes. Try to find your life in the future. Keep food out of reach, trash members securely closed, and train your dog to steal food from the counter or dining table. Although chicken bones might not be the absolute worst thing your dog could ingest, it’s certainly not considered safe, by any means. Take note of your dog’s habits, keep a close eye on where your family and guests leave their food, and make sure the incident from being repeated.