Ask your regular veterinarian how common this problem is in his clinic, and how many dogs have died in his clinic after eating chicken bones.
After feeding my dogs for 15 years now a raw food diet, let me leave some important advice. Some bones are too hard for a dogs teeth. So chicken thigh bones are pretty hard and so are the leg bones. The wings necks and backs are softer so safer to feed your dog. I also feed Turkey necks very reliably. Never, ever ever feed a cooked bone to a dog. Hard knuckle bones are very good for cleaning their teeth. However, you must monitor your dog and do not let him swallow the knuckle bone. If your dog will not give up his bone you will be sorry. Always be certain your dog will be willing to give up his bone, and take it away after he’s chewed it for 1/2 an hour. Secondly, your dog needs greens in his diet. This is very important. Parsley, spinach, basil, broccoli, etc. this is important for the dogs digestive system. Or get some dog greens online, in a powder form and mix into their food. A small amount each day is all that is necessary. Carrots apples and squash are all excellent to add as well as a raw egg each day. These should be chopped in a food processor so that the dog can assimilate the vegetables. Yogurt or cottage cheese is also a good source of protein to add a tablespoon at a meal.
This is a problem all over DC. I live in Columbia Heights and in the past few weeks I’ve had to pry chicken bones from by dog’s mouth a number of times. I missed it once, but she luckily chewed it thoroughly. City dog problems.
Dogs and Chicken Bones - LoveToKnow
I have fed my toy breed dogs raw chicken wings and leg bones
Yes, problems can occur with raw bones, just asproblems can occur with feeding the "safer" kibble (bloat, choking,telescoping bowel, aspirated kibble leading to pneumonia, etc.). Theseproblems typically occur in dogs that gulp their food or are fed smallthings like chicken wings and necks (the prime suspects of chokingincidences on raw). Other culprits are the large weight-bearing bonesof herbivores, things like knuckle bones, femurs, etc. These,ironically, are the kinds of bones pet food manufacturers and some vetsrecommend dogs receive regularly to help keep teeth clean! These boneschip or break teeth and can have pieces of bone flake off.I suspect the danger to dogs from eating chicken bones is highly exaggerated. Growing up, we had several dogs, and they all ate chicken bones ROUTINELY. None ever had any problems, and all lived to a ripe old age.People knew for 50 years about the risks of smoking but that did not stop millions from doing it anyway and dying of lung cancer. The fact is, there are people in their 90s who have smoked since they were 12 and they are fine. Similarly, there are dogs who have eaten chicken bones everday since they were puppies and they are also fine. So it is definately dangerous and not recommended but hey, like that ever stopped anyone before....If my dog can survive eating a razor sharp glass bowl, a few chicken bones are nothing to worry about. I wouldn't give a dog cooked chicken bones on purpose, but dogs did evolve to eat meat and bones and can have amazingly tough digestive systems.