okay,please somebody talk me down...

Discussion in 'Dog Food and Recipes' started by MonaD, Apr 23, 2005.

  1. siemens716

    siemens716 New Member

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    LOL. These ideas that dogs will get sick from eating bones are funny.

    I feed my dogs chicken al the time. Yeah, they swallow it. Because there are two of them and they dont want to risk the other dog picking up the bits on the floor.

    They process bones very well. I'm sure by now you have seen that your dog is just fine.

    Anyway, chicken bones are fine, just dont cook them. Cooking bones makes them hard, and then they splinter. This is what may cause perforations.
     
  2. Mordy

    Mordy Quigleyfied

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    actually this is not really a laughing matter, because there are incidents where bones can indeed cause tremendous problems. not only in domestic dogs, but also in wild animals.

    while bones are certainly an excellent addition to the diet, it's never a bad idea to be careful. the issues don't always lie with splintering and sharp fragments either - but there is also the very real danger of fecal impaction when a dog consumes too much of the bone matrix and the intestinal tract has trouble processing it.

    so let's not laugh at people being cautious, it has never hurt anyone. :)
     
  3. siemens716

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    Everyone has an opinion. Some people are more cautious than others. I've had dogs for 20 years and we never had a bone cause a problem. Of course all our dogs are big with powerful jaws, they pretty much crush the bone.

    Naturally I would never give a small breed dog the same food I give large breed dogs.
     
  4. Mordy

    Mordy Quigleyfied

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    i've had dogs for longer than that (ranging in size from great dane to dachshund), and thankfully never had any problems with my own dogs either, but that does not mean complications don't exist.

    i've seen dogs with broken teeth, and i know of a great dane who died from something as seemingly unproblematic as a veal femur bone.

    last but not least - keep in mind this is an internet message board. we can only hope that people read all of the available information before plunging healdong into doing something they may not fully understand, but you can not always count on it.

    i'd rather someone approaches the topic of feeding bones with caution and is aware of what could possibly happen rather than be completely unprepared and possibly causing harm.
     
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    Complications can come from any food if eaten incorrectly, IMO, as far as this pup swallowing a complete bone I would think there is little chance of perferoation as for one thisg the bones have not been splintered anyway(not chewed) so edges of the bones are curved, I feed my dogs chicken wings /carcasses everyday, the pups now 20 weeks old have gotten to swallowing whole chicken wings, I have not been too concerned about this as they do in fact come out the other end, but I have now put them onto carcasses as these are bigger and harder to swallow whole. I would not worry to much.

    Mo
     
  6. MonaD

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    Thanks for all the comments.
    Murphie is completely fine! Plenty of poops since swallowing the bone whole and likely looking for more tasty treats just like it!
    As I mentioned I am a new to puppies and their care, but I did quite a bit of research prior to giving her the wing, and felt I was prepared to take that step, however I was not prepared for her to swallow it whole! (the largest thing she has swallowed whole is puppy kibble, as far as I know) Once the deed was done, I did sort of panic, but back to my barf literature I went and almost immediately back here, where I have learned so much from my few posts and 'lurking' and reading others'. And I got the patient, comforting and knowledgeable support I needed.

    My vet, (who I actually think is pretty cool, and at least leans slightly towards the "alternative") was zippo help and actually increased my newbie panic.
    I did not, at the time, find it funny. My concern, if not justified, was at least genuine.
    Phew! Well, first times of anything are always a little scary aren't they? Why, I remember my first time swallowing a whole tequila shooter. heh heh. Ah, but that is another story...probably best left forgotten...
    ;)
    Oh, and I did learn some valuable trivia about toilet paper! ;)
    All the best,
    Mona
     
  7. Gustav

    Gustav Don't encourage me..

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    Ha ha ha !! :D

    Glad Murphie is ok though!! *Phew!* They do these things just to scare us!!!!
     
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    mrose_s BusterLove

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    im not sure if you should be worrying or not, take her to a vet.
    they might pump her stomach.
    my aunties dog died, because of a similar problem, we used to feed corncobs to our dogs, but thelma got it stuck in her intestines, and dies.
    so better safe than sorry
    mags
     
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    mrose_s BusterLove

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    ok, glad to here she is ok
     
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    No, actually dogs can get blockages and perforated intestines from things that are not hard, sharp or splintery. So, I would think one needs to show the dog how to chew slowly and thoroughly...if he's use to gulping down kibble. I have heard of several cases where the raw food/bone diet HAS caused problems, not only those things I mentioned, but some bacterial problems as well. Of course, dogs ate that way for thousands of years. But I don't know that they had as long a life span as they do these days. Some may have died prematurely because of a perforated stomach or blockage. But of course, if they had a shorter life span, that could be due to other factors as well, such as disease, predators etc. So anyhow, it is probably a good idea to check out everything, from one side of the debate to the other...both view points and then come to a conclusion.
     
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    I'm glad your pup is OK too. That's a relief! Whew!
     
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    I feed chicken quarters to my dogs wings and legs stuff like that necks. I would be worried but I have never had this happen to me before and i have many dogs (im a musher). Anyways future advice I don't give pups full drumsticks for their first time sometimes they get alittle intimidated. I would in the future cut it up so they can get used to it first and mixed in with kibble is easier for the pup to eat. Just a future thought.

    Good luck
     

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