Who doesn’t enjoy a roasted chicken for dinner? It’s a meal that’s easy to cook. You can add sides such as potatoes and a salad! Chances are, you’re probably not the only one in your family that loves a roasted chicken!
Sometimes your dog may want the chicken so bad that he grabs the carcass out of the trash. And you can get he runs off with it and devours the entire thing! But can a chicken carcass make a dog sick?
Has your dog eaten a chicken carcass? Are you worried the chicken carcass will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.
We’ve put together information about chicken carcasses and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is a Chicken Carcass?
A chicken carcass is nothing more than the bones and connective tissues left after the meat has been removed. Some people throw the chicken carcass in the wastebasket, while others use the carcass to make chicken broth.
While the chicken carcass is safe to use for soup, what about dogs? What happens if a dog eats a chicken carcass?
Chicken Carcasses & Dogs
The good news is that as long as the chicken bones don’t cause your dog to choke, the acid in his stomach is strong and starts to dissolve the bones. It’s possible the bones will travel safely through the dog’s system and come out in his poop! However, not all the bones will dissolve. Some will pass into the rest of the dog’s digestive tract.
Chicken bones can be bad for dogs. The problem is the bones could clump together anywhere in the dog’s digestive tract and cause intestinal blockage.
Symptoms of Chicken Carcass Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten a chicken carcass:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain & swelling
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency. Never induce vomiting, as the bones may cause your dog to choke.
Treatment of Chicken Carcass Ingestion in Dogs
For dogs that are choking, the vet will work to remove the bone with a tool or through an endoscopic procedure.
However, if your dog has developed intestinal blockage, the vet may need to perform surgery to safely remove the blockage.
The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt treatment!
If your canine companion loves digging the chicken carcass out of the trash, you may want to consider investing in a dog-proof wastebasket!