Poultry bones are lightweight, pliable and hollow -- much different than tough marrow-filled beef bones. While bird bones are easy for your pooch to chew, they can cause a slew of problems in his digestive tract and make him very sick. Though some people advocate that raw bones are fine and cooked bones are not suited for a dog to consume, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises feeding no bones of any kind, cooked or raw. We advise you to do adequate research in order to make the best decision for you and your pooch. We'll help you get started.
Prone To Gulping Whole
If you've ever watched your furry friend eat at dinnertime, you've probably noticed that he tends to swallow things whole. Poultry bones are no exception. Your barking buddy can gulp them down while they are completely intact, or swallow large fragments. These pieces can get stuck in his esophagus, potentially causing him to immediately choke.
If bone particles do make it down to your dog's digestive tract, more serious complications can occur. Sharp edges could tear the lining of his stomach or intestines, leading to severe pain and possible internal bleeding. Sometimes those tears can lead to bacterial infection of the abdomen, a condition known as peritonitis. If those pieces do keep moving through his digestive tract, they can get stuck, causing a blockage. When his intestines get backed up, he can become severely constipated, making him lethargic, unwilling to eat or drink, and even nauseated in some cases. All of these issues can become emergencies that result in a lengthy -- and costly -- hospital visit for your beloved canine.
By Melodie Anne Coffman
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About the Author
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.