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My dog swallowed a fried chicken wing (whole). What do I

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My dog swallowed a fried chicken wing (whole). What do I need to look for or do?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 months ago.

Friend, as you may already know the ingestion of chicken bones can cause an obstruction or perforation of the intestinal tract. But, more often than not dogs are able to digest or pass the bones in the feces without any problem. Inducing vomiting is not indicated as the bones can damage the esophagus on the way out. This is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like pepto bismol.
2- Do not induce vomiting.
3- Change his diet for the next 2-3 days to rice (75%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (25%). The idea is for the rice to help move the bones out in the feces if undigested while protecting the intestinal tract.
4- If at any point during the next few days you see the following symptoms: lethargy, anorexia, vomiting, constipated or diarrhea, etc. follow up immediately with a veterinarian. These are all signs of a possible obstruction or perforation of the intestinal tract. In the meantime, observe and change diet as above then wean back into regular

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Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 months ago.
Hi Ralph,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Chip. How is everything going?

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