Dogs and cooked bones

2 days ago, when preparing the meat of 2 cooked chicken thighs for the dogs’ dinners, I accidentally dropped one of the bones on the floor. In a flash it disappeared into Jules’ mouth.

I was very worried at first but it is only a small bone, very smooth and rounded at the ends and he didn’t crunch it, it went straight down. He has shown no signs of discomfort but I have not seen it in his droppings since and was wondering how long the transit would be. He is a Lab sized Beauceron. It may have passed through already, he doesn’t always do his business away from the wooded areas of the garden where I don’t go.

Does anybody have a ‘timeline’ for his size of dog?

I never ever gave cooked bones to my lovely lab/pointer cross until I discovered my neighbours across the vines had been giving her entire cooked chicken carcases at least once a week. Did her no harm at all, she died of old age at 16 and a half.

The story I always heard was that chicken bones can splinter (when fed to cats). If it went down whole then I’m sure it will come through.

We recently discovered a neighbour throws her chicken carcasses out into the forest so “the poor animals will have something to eat”. Well the poor animal could be a passing rat, but mainly our dog as that is where he vanishes regularly coming back looking pleased with himself…. Has not come to harm so far.

If the dog looks perky, continues to eat and doesn’t have a bone jammed across the roof of his mouth then likely to be fine.

We have been advised against giving any cooked bones to our dog by our vet.

The bones are too likely too splinter as they are brittle once cooked and the splinters can cause fatal damage.

Dogs in their original environment before being domesticated eating bones was obviously normal - but NOT cooked bones.

In terms of passing the bone I would expect it to be our by now but just keep a close eye on your done for the next couple of days.

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Thanks all, it is as I expected, and hoped. It didn’t have time to jam across his mouth Jane, it went straight down in one gulp because he knew I was trying to stop him, and definitely no splintering, again, no time to crunch. :joy:

Mind you the other one, little Noubia, pinched 2 flannels and 4 small pieces of soap from the bathroom overnight. One flannel found, chewed, but no sign of the soap which I was saving to meld together to make a whole new bar. :rage:

Watch Noubia for bubbles :face_with_hand_over_mouth:



Keeping an eye on her. :wink: :rofl:

Great, now I have this stuck in my head :grin::grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:


Well you have a cross bread dog and they are more robust than pure breeds .
It is a disaster waiting to happen for dogs with sensitive systems!

In this country everything always comes back to the bread.

And the cheese.

And the vin.

:baguette_bread: :cheese: :wine_glass:


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It’s a savoury version of a hot cross bun. :slightly_smiling_face:


Yes, and it is precisely why I got her, I don’t see the point in having a dog with a sensitive system or any of those awful overbreeding-related conditions.

Bones are never good for dogs, and can make them extremely constipated, if your dog poos white after eating bones or is constipated, it’s normal and easily dealt with, and not normally life threatening :+1:

Sorry Pip, not true, There is nothing wrong with a good solid raw bone for a dog to chew on. In fact it’s a good way of keeping a dog content.
Through much of history that is how dogs would have largely been fed by man. The damage to a dog’s health these days is much more likely to be from the contents of so-called “dog-food”.


No need to be sorry, I guess my vet doesn’t know what he’s talking about, time to change vets :thinking:

No dog ever enjoyed a good bone to chew on. :wink:

Sadly Pip, many vets don’t know. I came across the Bones and Raw Food Diet many, many years ago because I had a rescue Airedale with major health problems and I was looking for solutions. Dr Ian Billinghurst is an Australian vet who (as part of his professional life) was attending conferences where all these vets from places like the US and the UK were giving papers about diseases in dogs that Ian just never came across. He finally realised that the difference (at the time) was that many of his Australian dog owners were just feeding their dogs left-over scraps and hence their dogs were healthier. And that led to Ian writing his book.
These days it’s not just humans who are being killed by what they eat.

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I had a problem with my dog a few years ago when she was constipated, and because of this she was whimpering and seriously couldn’t walk properly, I’d had a barbeque at my house and had given her the bone from a sheep’s leg (cooked for 6 hours over a pit) to eat, I took her to the vets and he told me it was the bone that caused the constipation and gave her basically laxatives to help, I did notice that when she finally did poop it was white, too much calcium maybe,?
But I do agree with what you say about what dogs eat aswel as humans, obesity is becoming a big problem in both animals and humans, and this is down to a diet that is not balanced, and rubbish fatty sugary foods being cheep, unfortunately

As a kid growing up in London, I noticed that white excrement was not unusual for dogs, as \i understand it from the bonemeal that was often included in dog food at the time.

Uncooked bones are the classic ‘dogs best friend’ for them to gnaw on or bury & then exhume - the problem seems to be cooked bones that they can more easily ingest.

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