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Did you hear the one about the dog who swallowed 13 chicken
hot wings? When she was X-rayed at the emergency clinic, her belly was full of
bones. The owners had to have her X-rayed a couple more times over the next few
days to make sure the bones were dissolving and not causing a blockage.
Dogs will eat bones any time of year, but the holiday season
seems to be a particularly common time for them to dig into the trash or steal meat with bones off the table. Some people even give leftover turkey
and chicken bones to dogs as treats.
No bones about it, that’s not a good
idea. Cooked bones can splinter, puncturing the
digestive tract. I always advise against giving dogs poultry or fish bones. Rib bones and
pork bones also splinter easily.
about other bones? Beef bones can shatter and perforate the intestinal tract or
cause an intestinal blockage. Blockages can require emergency surgery to remove
or oddly shaped bones, such as T-bones, can become stuck in the esophagus,
causing a dog to choke, or elsewhere in the intestinal tract. Beef
vertebrae also can get stuck in the esophagus.
can be a concern with dogs who gulp bones without chewing them thoroughly.
And a dog can break a tooth chewing on a bone or cow hoof. That can mean an expensive
repair or extraction by your veterinarian.
Still not convinced? Here
are five more good reasons to avoid giving your dog a bone:
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