Dogs love chewing on bones but, unfortunately, this fun activity comes with a set of risks. Bones, especially cooked bones, as well as chicken and fish bones, can very easily splinter and get stuck in a dog’s throat, gums, or often even worse – in their intestines. This can cause lots of different issues ranging from choking on a splinter to potentially devastating damage to the dog’s internal organs.
So, if you’ve made the mistake of giving your dog a bone or if your ingenious four-legged pal has managed to find one on their own and now has a bone splinter stuck in the threat, what should you do?
The first and most obvious answer is to get your dog to the vet immediately. It’s best for someone to hold the dog comfortably in the back of your car so that the pooch doesn’t move and struggle too much while another family member drives you to the vet clinic. There, a vet can take care of the problem much more safely and professionally.
If there’s no vet nearby, however, or you can’t get to them quick enough, you’re going to have to look for a home remedy for bone stuck in the dog’s throat.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on what you can try:
- Lay the dog on its side somewhere comfortable. Calm the pooch down as much as possible.
- Open the dog’s mouth and find something to keep it open with – placing something between the dog’s front-most teeth to keep them from closing is usually the way to go. Note that you shouldn’t do this alone with an unsedated dog.
- Shine a flashlight in the dog’s mouth to locate the stuck bone.
- Get the longest pliers you’ve got and try to reach the bone while someone else is holding the flashlight.
- Remember to keep the dog calm. It should trust you completely and not even wince while you’re doing this. The dog’s mouth should still be held open securely.
- Using the pliers, try to gently dislodge the bone in the best possible way. What that is will depend on the exact position of the bone. The goal is to angle it parallel to the throat so that you can get it out.
Theoretically, this method should work. In practice, it’s very difficult, however, so the best solution is to just try and get to a vet.
Other methods that people often employ when a bone gets stuck in their own throat is to drink soda, take a bite off some bread with peanut butter or water-soaked bread, take a large bite of banana, or lubricate the bone with a tablespoon of olive oil.
These methods are difficult to administer to a dog, however, as the canine will be unlikely to want to swallow anything. Still, you can try pouring a spook of olive oil in the dog’s mouth to lubricate the bone.
What if the dog swallows the bone?
Dog diarrhea after eating bones is a common symptom of a dog that’s eaten bones and they are now irritating the pooch’s stomach. You may even notice some blood in it too. If that’s the case, you should once again do everything you can to get the dog to a veterinarian.