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Can Dogs Eat Chicken Bones?

Can Dogs Eat Chicken Bones?

The short answer: No.

The long answer: PetMD shares that most dogs pass chicken bones uneventfully, and that they dissolve once they hit the stomach. However, it is best to keep chicken bones away from your pooch because of the potential hazards they may create. When consumed incorrectly, chicken bones may break your dog’s teeth, give him mouth or tongue injuries, get looped around his jaw, block his airway, tear his esophagus or gastrointestinal tract, leave shards in his stomach, or cause peritonitis (a bacterial infection that is caused when bone fragments poke holes in your dog’s stomach or intestines).

Cooked chicken bones are a big no-no since they easily break into sharp fragments that can do a lot of damage to your dog’s internal organs. Raw chicken bones are slightly better, as they may keep your dog’s teeth clean and provide mental stimulation. On the other hand, raw chicken bones may also give him bacteria such as campylobacter, salmonella, clostridium perfringens, E. coli, and yersinia. 

What to do if your dog accidentally eats chicken bones: Pay attention to any changes in your dog. If he remains active and normal after eating a piece of chicken bone, then there is no cause for alarm. But if you see him having trouble breathing, exhibiting distress, coughing, gagging, drooling, or retching, he may have a block in his airway so you must bring him to the vet immediately. It is also advisable to take him to the doctor if he loses his appetite, vomits, has the runs, becomes constipated, and/or becomes lethargic.

In summary: Dogs and bones do not necessarily go hand in hand. Though consuming chicken and its bones isn’t automatically toxic for your pooch, there are more negative effects that may stem from doing so. As such, raw and cooked chicken bones should always be discarded properly and kept away from your dog at all times.


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