Your dog can safely break raw bones down with their teeth, swallow them, and easily digest them. Giving your dog cooked lamb bones (any cooked bones) is just asking for a slew of problems. … If they swallow them, the splinters can get lodged in the throat or even damage the soft tissue of the esophagus.
How long does it take for dogs to digest lamb bones?
Sometimes a bone will pass through a dog in 8 to 12 hours. However, there is no guarantee or set time within which it can happen due to the various factors in play, including size of bone, cooked, raw, size of dog, and more. Important: If your dog has swallowed a bone, call a vet immediately for professional advice.
What should I do if my dog eats a cooked lamb bone?
Handle your pooch gently so no extra pressure is put on the abdomen and watch out for vomiting, bloody stool, lethargy, and discomfort. See your vet if any of those signs arise, or if the bones haven’t passed. Surgery may be an option if the bones consumed were large or sharp.
How to prevent problems with bones
If you have a particularly mischievous pup who likes to scavenge (Labrador pups are infamous for this!) it’s really important that, if they have a history of eating things they shouldn’t such as plastic or bone, you are really careful that they don’t pick these objects up. You can do this by walking them on the lead while continuously monitoring them or, if you plan to walk them off the lead, making sure you are always able to keep a close eye on them and, if this isn’t always possible, it may be worth popping a muzzle on them to prevent them from scavenging and keep them safe.
However, if you actually see your dog eat something they shouldn’t, it’s best to get in touch with your vet straight away! They will normally ask you about the size and material of the object ingested and will advise you whether or not your dog needs to be seen. It’s important for owners to remember that in cases of obstruction, the quicker your pup is seen by a vet the better, as prompt intervention is often key in these cases!
There will also be cases where dogs manage to sneak off down a hill or into a bush and you can’t be sure if they have ingested something or not – which is why we would advise to walk mischievous pups on the lead, ensuring you monitor them and muzzle them when necessary. However, if you do find yourself in this difficult situation, it’s important to know which signs to look out for.
What happens if a dog eats a cooked lamb bone?
What happens if my dog ate a lamb bone?
Can dogs digest cooked lamb bones?