What To Do If Dog Eats Chicken Bones
If your dog has eaten chicken bones, you may be freaking out. But don’t worry! As long as you act quickly and carefully, there’s a good chance that this won’t cause any serious health problems for your pup. Here’s how to handle it:
If you’ve never seen this happen, it may be hard to know how best to react. Don’t panic—your dog is probably going to be fine.
It’s important not to try forcing your dog to vomit because that can cause more damage than good when it comes to chicken bones. If your dog has already vomited because of their chicken bone, don’t give them anything else for at least 24 hours in case there are other pieces of chicken bone in their stomach that could make them sick again (and possibly kill them). In fact, don’t even let them have water for several days after eating the raw bones! If you are worried about dehydration because of the heat or just want peace-of-mind, you can always bring your pooch over for a visit with our vet so we can keep an eye on him/her until they’re better!
Look for any choking signs
If your dog is choking, it is important to get him or her help as soon as possible. Here are the signs of choking:
- Difficulty breathing
If your dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms, perform the Heimlich maneuver by placing both hands on his or her abdomen and giving several quick upward thrusts. If this does not work, call a veterinarian immediately.
Remove any visible bones from your dog’s mouth
After your dog has enjoyed his chicken bone, you will want to remove any remaining visible pieces of bone. This is important because if you have left the bones in his mouth, they can cause an obstruction, and he may swallow them whole.
If you have a pair of tweezers or pliers available, carefully remove any remaining bones from your dog’s mouth. If no such tools are handy, use your fingers instead (you could even use a spoon). Once the bones are removed from your dog’s mouth, he should be fine so long as there were no serious injuries during the eating process. You should also keep an eye out for signs that something went wrong during the eating process: bleeding gums or blood coming from their nose are two indicators that something went very wrong indeed!
Let your dog drink water
If your dog is vomiting, do not give him water. Water helps to flush the stomach and keep things moving along. It also helps to keep your dog hydrated, which is especially important if he has been vomiting a lot.
Encourage vomiting if bone fragments are visible in mouth or throat)
If the bone fragments are visible in your dog’s mouth or throat, you’ll need to gently encourage vomiting.
If you have hydrogen peroxide on hand, use about 30 mL (2 tablespoons) for a large dog and 15 mL (1 tablespoon) for a small one. Use this in place of ipecac syrup if you can’t find it at the pharmacy or supermarket.
Mix the hydrogen peroxide with water and give it to your dog by mouth using an eyedropper or syringe. If possible, get someone else to help you hold the tongue while giving it to them so they don’t bite their tongue while swallowing it down.
Watch for the signs of an intestinal blockage
- Signs of intestinal blockage can include:
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Abdominal discomfort or pain (especially severe)
- Lethargy, weakness
- Depression or lack of appetite
- Fever (if there are other symptoms)
Keep calm and remove bones from his mouth.
- Keep calm and remove bones from his mouth.
If your dog has eaten chicken bones, it’s important to keep your cool. If you panic and rush him to the vet immediately, you could do more damage than good. Your dog will likely have consumed some of the bone in question, but if you’re lucky he won’t have swallowed too much.
- Remove any visible pieces of chicken bone from his mouth or throat as soon as possible. You can do this by using a pair of pliers or tweezers to carefully pull out any remaining pieces that may be stuck between his teeth or lodged within his throat (if this is the case).
If your dog eats chicken bones, the most important thing is to not panic. Most dogs will be able to pass them without any issues. The worst case scenario is that your dog might have an intestinal blockage, so watch for signs of this and take him to the vet if necessary. Finally, keep calm and remove any visible bones from his mouth before you do anything else!