Can Dogs Eat Turkey Bones?
Dogs should not be allowed to eat turkey bones, no ifs, ands or buts! Poultry bones are very enticing to dogs—they’re thin, a little chewy and usually still covered in meat—but are well-known to be a hazard for dogs. First, any sharp point (and chicken and turkey bones always have sharp points) can cut or scratch your dog’s gastro-intestinal tract—all the way from the esophagus down to the rectum—causing damage throughout the entire digestive process. A very sharp bone can even puncture your dog’s GI tract, a condition that could possibly be fatal.
Other problems vets see:
- Dogs choking on a piece of turkey bone
- Turkey bones becoming lodged in a dog’s teeth or jaw
- Bones becoming stuck in the esophagus or stomach
- Bones causing intestinal blockages
If you suspect your pup has gotten into the trash or a guest has fed them a turkey bone, estimate how much they’ve eaten and watch for symptoms. Do not attempt to make your dog throw up, as sharp objects coming back up can do their own round of damage. Be ready to head off to the emergency vet if your dog begins acting strangely, he/she can’t breathe, begins vomiting or dry heaving, and acts as though he/she is in pain.
For more information on common incidents such as turkey bone ingestion, check out our Cost of Pet Care Report.