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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog ate anywhere between 6 to 9 chicken wings about 3

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My dog ate anywhere between 6 to 9 chicken wings about 3 hours ago. He's since puked up about 3 or 4 of them. I wasn't in the room when it happened, so I'm not sure if he swallowed them whole or chewed them. He's licking his lips/salivating, is gassy, and has a slightly swollen (though not hard) stomach, but otherwise doesn't seem to be in distress. Other than feeding him bread or rice to cushion the bones, is there anything more I can do? Should he see a vet?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Because the bones in chicken wings will splinter into sharp spicules, it would be prudent to have his gastrointestinal tract X-rayed to better understand what the bones currently look like and if they present a danger to him. Conservative care, then, would consist of adding psyllium seed (Metamucil, e.g.) to his next few meals at a dose of one tablespoon. The psyllium seed should coat the bones and also act as a bulk laxative to push them along the GI tract. Perforation and obstruction of his GI tract are my concerns but will be difficult to distinguish one from the other as their symptoms would be similar - anorexia and persistent vomiting. Should those symptoms arise, he should be considered an emergency patient. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.