Don’t you just love juicy chicken wings with BBQ or other dunking sauces? There’s nothing yummier (unless it’s chocolate!). But what happens if your dog grabs some chicken wings and snarfs them down? Are chicken wings dangerous for dogs?
Has your dog eaten chicken wings? Are you worried the chicken wings 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 wings and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What are Chicken Wings?
Chicken wings are just what they sound like—the wings of chickens! Chicken wings contain white meat and bones. People love to fix these in a wide variety of ways. Chicken wings are easy on the budget, easy to cook, and they’re a great finger food at parties and other get-togethers.
Wings can be fried, baked, smoked, grilled, and more. No matter how they’re cooked, most people love chicken wings!
While humans can safely eat chicken wings, are these bad for dogs? Can chicken wings make a dog sick?
Chicken Wings & Dogs
Unfortunately, chicken wing bones can be dangerous to dogs, especially if the bones have been cooked. Cooked chicken bones become very brittle and can splinter when the dog bites down on the bones. These splinters can cause injuries and tears in the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and other parts of the digestive tract.
What’s more, chicken bones can also cause choking and gagging. While a dog’s stomach can digest the chicken wing bones, this process can take a while. All the time, the sharp pieces of bone can cause punctures and tears at any point in the digestive tract. They may also come together and create an intestinal blockage.
Symptoms of Chicken Wing Bone Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten chicken bones:
- Poor appetite
- Gagging or dry heaves
- Trouble breathing
- Swollen, painful abdomen
If your dog shows any of these symptoms, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency. Do not wait to see if your dog’s symptoms improve or worsen. He needs to see the vet right now.
In some cases, a dog may eat chicken wings and not suffer any ill effects. However, there’s always a chance your dog could become very sick or even die from eating chicken wings. So, it’s always best to call the vet.
In the future, be sure to keep chicken wings and other meats that contain bones out of your dog’s reach. Prevention is always the best medicine!