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Booger’s Midnight Snack: A Cautionary Tale

BoogerThis is Booger.

Like most dogs, Booger loves snacks. And snacks that come from take-out containers are always the best snacks, especially when those snacks are chicken bones. Booger did what any dog would do. He ate those bones. Yep. With hardly any teeth in his mouth. Because you don’t pass up chicken bones when you come across them. It’s part of the dog code.

The problem with chicken bones is that, when cooked, they are very brittle and there is a risk of getting a splinter of bone stuck in the dog’s mouth, throat or intestine. The real risk is when a dog is caught in the act and they are not going to give it up so they try to swallow it as quickly as possible and don’t chew the bones into small enough pieces. Typical dog move, right? If you think your dog has swallowed some bones, do not induce vomiting. If there are shards, they may do more damage coming back up. Make sure your dog is not exhibiting any of the following symptoms: choking, gagging, vomiting, excessive drinking, licking lips, anxious pacing, whining, or an inability to sit down comfortably. Any one of these symptoms could indicate that a bone is lodged in your dog’s throat. If it looks like your dog has gotten the bones down without choking, it’s a good idea to give your dog something soft like white bread to buffer the shards. Then call your vet.  Always call your vet.

But back to Booger.togo
His dad found the evidence (exhibit a) and got him to the vet quickly. Luckily, Booger was able to leisurely snack on his bones and he chewed the fragments into small pieces. There was concern that, if he was left to pass them, the small, sharp pieces would damage his G.I. tract. Booger’s chicken bones were still in his stomach and chewed small enough that they were comfortable inducing vomiting. After 2 sets of x-rays, some W/D medicated canned food, medicine, Pepcid for his G.I. and $300 later, Booger has not thrown up again and is very lively. He thinks the snacks were worth it. His dad would disagree.

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