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Dear Daisy Dog

Marley, our beagle-Australian cattle dog mix, was delighted during our daily neighborhood walk to come across a chicken bone on every block. It appeared that someone walking ahead of us was eating chicken and tossing the bones on the sidewalk.

Marley devoured one small bone before I realized what was happening and directed her away from the others. Will the bone she ate splinter and perforate her stomach – or obstruct her intestines? Should I take her in for surgery now?

Daisy Responds

Mom once caught me doing the same thing, although the bones I discovered came from a wild animal. None of my neighbors are “kind” enough to litter the sidewalk with chicken bones.

Mom immediately fed me a bland canned dog food, rice and a bit of bread to cushion the bones as they traveled through my digestive tract. They passed through or were digested just fine, because I experienced no difficulties and Mom never found them in the yard.

If the chicken bone Marley ate is going to become a problem, she’ll most likely get lethargic, lose her appetite, vomit and perhaps develop diarrhea.

If you notice these or any other problems, contact your veterinarian immediately. Radiographs (x-rays) will show whether the bone is the culprit.

Update: The bone caused no trouble.

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