Dogs are like us—they love chicken wings! They’ll eat any kind of chicken wings, whether the wings are fried, baked, or grilled. It doesn’t matter! You may be having a backyard party with friends and have a plate of chicken wings on the table for everyone. Well, your dog comes along when no one’s looking and decides it’s time to make his move! He may go for one or more chicken wings! But can chicken wing bones make a dog sick?
Has your dog eaten chicken wing bones? Are you worried the chicken wing bones 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 some information about chicken wing bones and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What are Chicken Wing Bones?
Chicken wing bones are found in the wing of the chicken. They have a “drumette” end and a tip. The drumette end was once attached to the chicken’s breast, and the tip was the tip of the chicken’s wing.
Chicken Bones & Dogs
Chicken wing bones, like other chicken bones, are usually safe for dogs if the bones are raw. Raw bones are more flexible and won’t splinter. Instead, they are digested and run safely through the dog’s digestive tract. Eventually, the bones end up in the dog’s poop.
However, cooked chicken bones and chicken wing bones become very brittle and dried out. When a dog bites down on cooked chicken wing bones, the bones may splinter into tiny sharp, ragged pieces. What’s more, the dog may try to swallow the larger pieces of the bone all in one go. This can cause choking.
In addition, the bone splinters from cooked chicken wing bones can also cause damage. They can cause tears, punctures, and injuries from the dog’s mouth all the way through his digestive system. It’s also possible the larger bones may clump together and cause intestinal blockage.
Symptoms of Chicken Wing Bone Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten chicken wing bones:
- Lack of appetite
- Gagging or dry heaves that are not productive
- Difficulty breathing
- Excessive drooling
- Abdominal pain & swelling
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency. Don’t wait to see if your dog’s symptoms improve or worsen. He needs to see the vet now.
Treatment of Chicken Wing Bone Ingestion in Dogs
At the vet’s, they will examine your dog and check his symptoms. If your dog is choking, the vet will try to remove the bone from your dog’s throat.
If your dog has signs of intestinal obstruction, the vet may need to perform emergency surgery to safely remove the bones from your dog’s digestive tract.
For other problems, the treatment depends on your dog’s symptoms.
The good news is that dogs who receive prompt medical care have the best chance of making a full recovery!