Regardless of our efforts to keep our dogs safe, accidents happen, and there are high chances that our dogs consume something dangerous at some point in life. Usually, your dog will take a piece of tasty chicken off a plate without you noticing. Most human food is hazardous for dogs, including chicken bones. Cooked or raw chicken bones can shard or break, and when ingested by a dog, it can potentially lead to choking. Besides, your dog’s intestines and stomach can be injured by the shattered bones. This is enormously painful to your dog and can cause death if your dog is left unattended. What do you do if your dog has taken chicken bones?
Although you have noticed your dog has eaten chicken bone, try to stay calm. Freaking will not help either of you anyway. If you have caught your dog in the act, with composure, take the remaining bones away from him in any way. Remember, dogs can be ungenerous over food even if your dog is not belligerent. Your dog will likely want to eat up everything before you can take it all from him. If you find out that your dog has already cleared the pieces, freaking out will obscure your dog and lead to you making radical and pointless measures that can endanger your dog more. Ensure your dog is not choking. Contact your vet doctor to advise you on how you take care of your dog, like feeding him some pieces of white bread so the bones can be cushioned.
Watch your dog keenly
Though bones can shard and cause internal damage to your dog, it is not necessarily every time that happens. However, that a risk that we should evade by all means. If your dog has consumed chicken bones, the best you can do is watching him closely. Ensure your dog is not choking on the bones. If he is clogging, you will notice your dog vomiting, whining, licking his tongue while pacing, or drinking water exceptionally. Contact your vet doctor and inquire about the signs you should expect if there is internal bleeding or obstruction. If your dog has no signs of choking or distress of any kind, the high chances are that he will be fine. Keep a close look if he poops the bone pieces within the next two to three days. However, if you notice a loss of appetite, vomiting, or your dog seems uncomfortable, visit your dogs’ veterinary.
Learn from the involvement
Prevent your dog from such occurrences in the future. Figure out how your dog came into contact with the chicken bone and take precautions to evade repetition of the same mistake. Keep any leftovers out of touch. Keep your trash bins tightly closed. Discipline your dog not to steal food from countertops or plates and keep a close eye on your dog’s routine. Take precautionary measures on where visitors or family leave leftovers.
For more on what to do if your dog eats chicken bones visit fda.gov
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