Dogs love to bite almost everything they can find. However, there’s one thing that they love the most.
It is almost a natural sight to see dogs munching happily on a bone they found somewhere in our backyard. Contrary to popular belief, bones are not necessarily your dog’s best friend, especially chicken bones.
Bones pose as choking hazards. They can either become stuck around their jaws or on the roofs of their mouth. Some even contain high-fat content, which makes them at risk for inflammation of the pancreas.
Chicken bones, on the other hand, pose a grave threat to dogs. They are softer in nature, hence, easier to break. When these bones break, they produce sharp edges which could tear up a dog’s digestive tract.
In case you find your dog choking on a chicken bone, follow these essential steps:
The first thing you have to do is to check for any obstruction in the airway.
Open up the dog’s mouth. Use your index or pinky finger, forming a “C,” and use this to check for any obstruction in the throat area.
When the first step fails, and you notice your dog still struggles to catch its breath, proceed with the Heimlich maneuver.
Heimlich maneuver is almost similar to CPR. The only difference is that one’s goal is to apply sharp pressure onto the dog’s chest cavity to aid in dislodging the object causing the obstruction.
- Position yourself behind your dog.
- Wrap your arms around the chest area (imagine giving him a bear hug).
- Bring your hands together around the xiphoid process area (below the dog’s sternum).
- Quickly make a pulling motion towards the dog’s direction.
Regularly check the mouth area for any signs of a dislodged object. Usually one can check it in the throat area. Remove the object as soon as possible.
If the above methods failed, and your dog starts to become unconscious, quickly perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. While doing this, have someone call for help.
Emergencies do come out of the blue, usually during seemingly safe situations. Train yourself in first aid, and you will surely reap its benefits.
Now that you know the dangers lurking behind chicken bones, better toughen your resolve not to give them one – even if they beg you with puppy eyes. Better be safe now than be sorry later.