Can Dogs Eat Chicken Bones?

Dogs love to chew bones. This is the one enduring truth of the universe. But even though dogs will be chewing on bones until the end of the time, not every kind of bone is appropriate for your dog to chew on.

Are chicken bones safe for dogs?

No, chicken bones are not considered safe for dogs to chew on. These bones are weak and tend to splinter. These pieces of bone can get stuck in a dog’s mouth, throat, or the rest of the digestive tract. You should only feed dogs boneless chicken and keep any leftover bones safely out of reach. 

What are the risks?

There is a good chance that your pup may be able to pass the chicken bone unharmed, but there is risk involved every time he or she gets ahold of a chicken bone. If you think your dog has swallowed a chicken bone, you should watch out for any complications. Your dog may vomit or have stomach pain, as well as have trouble defecating. You will need to check your dog’s stool daily. If your dog does not pass the chicken bone fragments in three days, then you will want to contact your veterinarian.

Tyler Kupcho
Author: Tyler Kupcho

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