Many people enjoy ribs! And why not? They taste divine and can be enjoyed almost any time! If you love ribs, chances are your dog may want to try some, too! After all, as head of the pack, you’re supposed to share your yummy food with your dog! At least he thinks so! But what happens if a dog eats rib bones?
Has your dog eaten some rib bones? Are you worried the rib bones will make him sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something he shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ll take a look at rib bones and whether or not they can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!
What are Rib Bones?
Ribs are something that many Americans love! They’re usually made with pork ribs but can also be made with beef ribs. The ribs are rib bones from these animals, which are covered in BBQ sauce. Ribs are often enjoyed on picnics, for meals at home, or even at the restaurant! While they can be messy, no one cares because the ribs taste so good!
People can safely enjoy ribs because they usually remember not to eat the bones. However, what happens if a dog eats rib bones? Will the rib bones make the dog sick?
Rib Bones & Dogs
Rib bones usually aren’t bad for dogs; however, they can pose a hazard. For instance, the bones can become lodged in the throat or mouth. They can also splinter; the small splinters could cause tears or injuries in the mouth or anywhere in the digestive tract.
Another problem is that rib bones may become lodged in the digestive tract and cause an intestinal blockage. An intestinal blockage is a very serious condition that can lead to death if not treated right away.
Symptoms of Rib Bone Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten rib bones:
- Difficulty breathing
- Lack of appetite (dog may refuse to eat)
- Constipation (that may contain bloody stool or mucus)
- Excessive thirst
- Smacking the lips (licking lips)
- Unable to sit or lay down comfortably
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, then call the vet immediately. This is a medical emergency. Don’t wait to see if your dog’s symptoms will improve or not. He needs to see the vet ASAP.
The good news is that dogs who receive prompt medical treatment after swallowing rib bones have a better chance of making a complete recovery!