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29 November 2015

What To Do If My Dog Has Eaten Turkey Bones?


My dog has swallowed turkey bones. Is this dangerous, will it hurt my dog, how to treat this? What symptoms should I look out for?

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My dog has eaten turkey bones, what should I do.

At Thanksgiving and Christmas and sometimes just after Sunday lunch dogs often seem to somehow get access to the leftover  turkey bones or carcases, perhaps in the garbage, and vets will then find themselves advising on the situation.
If your dog is not showing any adverse symptoms then very often the best thing to do is to just sit it out, monitor your dog, and see what happens.

You see in my experience most dogs will get way with this, but at this point all you can now do is to sit it out as it is not recommended to make dogs sick to recover sharp objects like the turkey bones as this can cause damage to the throat on the way back up. However what may help though is to feed your dog a few slices of bread or some mashed potato shortly after they ate the turkey bones { Big dogs more, little dogs less } because this can form round any bone fragments and help protect the alimentary tract lining as the bits of turkey bone pass along. I find this very often helps in these cases.

When you think about it wild dogs and feral dogs will be doing this sort of thing on a daily basis and this is the way they are adapted to feed as opportunistic feeders and scavengers. For dogs to swallow turkey bones and similar they usually have to crunch them into smaller pieces and normally they will eventually pass without too much problem in my experience. And another factor which helps is that the stomach acids can partial dissolve and soften turkey bones to some degree so this will help them pass.

However there are no guarantees and I have to say that occasionally in the past at my clinic I have seen problems related to dogs eating turkey bones such as intestinal tract damage and blockage. If you suspect that your dog has swallowed turkey bones then you would be wise to monitor your dog carefully for a few days, look out for such symptoms as vomiting, lethargy, not eating, straining or abdominal pain and of course consult with a vet { Even if you need to use an ER vet } without delay if any such symptoms appear. 

But as I said at the start most dogs do somehow manage to get away with this sort of incident.