Tell your Dog to Drop It
If your dog still needs to swallow the chicken bones, give them the command to drop it or leave it. A well-trained dog will understand the command and might drop the chicken bones. If your dog drops the bones, be sure to keep an eye on them to make sure they didn’t consume any small pieces.
Don’t Induce Vomiting
Don’t try to make your dog vomit because the chicken bone could get stuck in your dog’s throat. You should call your vet to and see what their recommendations are.
Get the Bone Out of Their Mouth if Possible
If you see your dog grab the chicken bone, gently open their mouth and remove the chicken bone. If you see bone pieces stuck in their gums or mouth, you can try to remove them, so they don’t swallow them. Sometimes pressing on the bottom of your dog’s jaw will release the chicken bones. Never yank or get too rough with your dog’s mouth as you may make the situation worse. Your dog may panic and bite down on the chicken bones or your hand.
Don’t Give Your Dog Cotton Balls
If you’ve heard that you should give your dog cotton balls soaked in milk or olive oil if they eat a chicken bone, don’t believe it. Cotton balls aren’t safe for a dog to eat. They can get caught in your dog’s throat and cause more harm to their health.
Make Sure Your Dog isn’t Choking
Ensure your dog isn’t choking. Turkey and chicken bones are hollow and easily crushed. The danger, of course, is that they splinter while they’re chewing them. If your pup skips the chewing and swallows the bones whole, the bones can pass safely through your dog’s stomach to their digestive tract. Some of the risks depend upon your dog’s size. Small dogs have a higher risk of blockages. Larger dogs might chew the bones leaving fragments that cause problems in their digestive tract.
Call Your Veterinarian
Call your vet immediately if your pup grabs a chicken bone and acts as if they’re in distress. Your vet can assess the situation and decide what needs to be done. If your dog acts fine after eating a chicken bone, the bone may have passed through to their stomach. Keep an eye on your dog to make sure their are no further complications. You may want to call your vet’s office to let them know what happened. Your vet may ask you to bring your dog in for a quick X-ray to see where the bone is. Your vet will know if the bones are putting your dog in enough danger for them to need surgery.
Give them Bread and Water
If your dog ate the chicken bone and didn’t seem to be choking, you can give them a small piece of white bread or another soft food. Try to get them to drink, too. The bread will help protect your dog’s digestive tract and esophagus lining. Bread and bone broth can also increase gastric juices in your dog’s stomach to help dissolve the chicken bones.
Monitor Their Health
If your dog seems okay after eating a chicken bone, don’t assume the worst has passed. Monitor your dog for 24 hours. Watch for changes in your dog’s behavior such as:
- – Lethargy
- – Bloated in stomach
- – Loss of appetite
- – Vomiting
- – Blood in their stool
- – Trouble pooping
- – Discomfort
- – Whining or crying as if in pain
You know your dog best. If you notice these behaviors or something doesn’t feel right, get your pup to your vet immediately.
ur veterinarians at Arrowhead Animal Hospital, are trained to provide quality and compassionate care to your pet. If your dog eats a chicken bone, give us a call at (303) 469-1616. We are always here for you and are more than happy to help care for your dog with whatever you need!