What to Do If Your Dog Eats Turkey Bones

What to Do It Your Dog Eats Turkey Bones

Photo by Daniel M. Hendricks / CC BY-ND 2.0

Every Thanksgiving I remember the year Haley ate an entire turkey breast carcass. Yes, she ate the entire thing! That might have been the first time she discovered the joy of dumpster diving in the kitchen trash can. With all the commotion around the holiday, I had forgotten about the bones in the trash can when we left the house for a while. When we returned home, I was shocked to see the overturned trash can but shock soon turned into panic when I discovered one tiny turkey bone left on the floor and I realized Haley had eaten the rest of the carcass.

I was so mad at myself for not safely disposing the bones because I knew dogs should never have cooked bones, especially chicken or turkey bones. Those tiny cooked bones become very brittle and can easily splinter. Dogs can choke on the bones or they can become lodged in their throats or puncture their stomach or digestive tract. Surely, eating an entire turkey breast carcass couldn’t be good news for Haley and because it was a holiday our vet’s office was closed. After a phone consultation with an emergency vet, here’s what they advised.

What To Do If Your Dog Eats Turkey Bones

1. Don’t panic
Although there’s a potential for the bones to cause a serious problem, dogs have strong stomach acid to help digest the bones and most dogs will pass them without medical assistance.
2. Don’t induce vomiting
It’s better to let the bones pass through your dog’s digestive system, rather than risk a choking hazard or throat injury when they try to expel them by vomiting.
3. Check for choking or throat issues
If your dog is breathing fine and seems to be acting normally, mostly likely all the bones passed through to the stomach without incidence. If your dog’s choking, gagging, retching, drinking a lot of water, licking their lips, pacing anxiously or is unable to sit or lie down comfortably, call or visit your vet immediately.
4. Feed your dog soft foods for a few days
Foods such as bread slices or cooked rice can help cushion the bones as they pass through the digestive system and may help them pass easier. We fed Haley bread slices, but check with your vet for recommendations for your dog.
5. Monitor your dog closely
It takes about 72 hours for the bones to digest and pass, so it’s important to monitor your dog and their stools during this time period. You may noticed bones in their stool if they didn’t digest completely. Call or visit your vet right away if your dog has any of these symptoms: Difficulty passing stool, black or bloody stools, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, anxiousness or abnormal behavior.
6. Keep your dog calm
Until the bones pass, avoid overly-strenuous exercise, excessive jumping or rough play.

This is what our local emergency vet recommended for Haley, but you know your dog best. As with any medical issue, never hesitate to contact your vet if you’re worried or concerned.

Thankfully, Haley didn’t have any problems after her Thanksgiving feast. Whew! The bones passed just fine and I think they mostly digested because her stools didn’t look dramatically different afterwards. Maybe the wishbone she ate brought us some good luck that year.

Dog Begging for TurkeyBesides properly securing the trash, here are a couple of other tips to keep your pup safe this Thanksgiving. Watch the fatty table scraps which can cause pancreatitis and be sure your dog doesn’t eat unbaked bread dough. The yeast in the dough will cause it to swell in their abdomen and the yeast and sugar can combine and cause alcohol poisoning. If you’re curious, here are some other foods your dog shouldn’t eat.

Haley and I hope you and your pups have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Turkey Bones

It’s a Piperoid Giveaway!


Piperoid GiveawayWhat’s a Piperoid, you ask? Why, they are the adorable, Japanese paper dogs you see above. They’re fun and easy to assemble. All you need is a pair of scissors and you’re ready to get creative transforming the paper tubes into your artsy, posable pup. So, get ready to enter our Piperoid giveaway!

Kids and adults alike enjoy putting these together and they make perfect stocking stuffers or gifts for the holidays. The Piperoid people have also created a collection of cats, as well as other characters including Hello Kitty and Hatsune Miku.

Piperoid DogsMy son and daughter-in-law gave me the beagle as a gift, but I couldn’t resist collecting all five of their delightful dogs and I’d love to share the French Bulldog and Miniature Dachshund with two lucky winners in a giveaway this week.

How to Enter the Piperoid Giveaway

Piperoid Dogs GiveawayIt’s easy! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below stating which Piperoid you would like to win, the French Bulldog or the Miniature Dachshund. I’ll choose two winners at random (one for each dog) next week.
Please Note: The giveaway is only open to people with a mailing address in the Continental United States.

If you don’t want to enter the Piperoid giveaway, but would like to order one, you can find them at Magnote.com and Amazon.com

Good luck!?

Update: The Winners! Congrats to Lindsay from ThatMutt for winning the French Bulldog and Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie for giving the Doxie a good home. I wish I had one for each person that entered but if you didn’t win, watch for Haley’s Holiday Gift Giveaway coming up next month! Piperoid Giveaway

10 Reasons Why I Love Chewy.com


Why I Love ChewyNote: This is NOT a paid or compensated review, but a review of a company that I’ve purchased products from. I enjoy sharing information about companies that provide great value and service and you’ll always receive my honest and unbiased opinion.

I’ve been ordering food and pet supplies from Chewy for quite a while now and I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the company, but what they did last week for my mother just blew me away. Here’s why I love Chewy.com!

10 Reasons Why I Love Chewy.com

1. Chewy Cares
It’s been a pretty rough year for my family, as my Dad had been sick most of the spring and summer, then passed away last month. It’s been most difficult on my mother, but at least she had their senior dog Lucy to keep her company through it all. Sadly, one evening last week Lucy passed away. My mom had just ordered a case of food from Chewy that arrived earlier that day. She contacted them a few days later to see if she could return the unopened package. A very caring customer service representative listened to my mom and offered her very sincere condolences. Chewy refunded the entire order and asked my mom to donate the food to a local shelter in Lucy’s name. My mom was utterly surprised a few days later when a beautiful bouquet of flowers showed up at her door—from Chewy.com!

Chewy Sympathy NoteMy mom was so touched by this thoughtful gesture, I just had to share this with you. What an amazing company! Chewy also cares about pets, of course. They even have a program to support registered, non-profit organizations that do so much to help pets and shelters in need.

2. Great Prices
Let’s face it, we all like saving money. Chewy has low prices on almost everything they carry. It’s much cheaper for me to order Haley’s food from Chewy than to purchase it from any of my local, chain pet stores.
3. Fast Shipping
With warehouses all over the country, Chewy can usually get your order to you within 1-2 days. They only ship within the contiguous US, but if you order by 4:00 pm EST, your order will normally ship the same day. All of my orders have arrived within 2 days shipped via FedEx.
4. Free Shipping
Besides getting your pet food, toys and supplies at low prices, Chewy will ship your order for free, if your order totals $49.00 or more. If your order total is less than $49.00, it ships for a very reasonable flat fee of only $4.95!
5. Autoship Option
Do you want to save even more money? Choose the Autoship option when you place your order. You tell Chewy how often you want a product shipped and they make sure it arrives on your doorstep when you need it. Autoship is easy to set up and you can pause, change or cancel shipments at any time. No more running out of food if you forget to reorder.
6. Easy Returns
Chewy.com wants you to be satisfied with your purchase. That’s why they offer a 100% Unconditional Satisfaction Guarantee. They give you 365 days from the sale date to return any item you’re not completely happy with, for any reason. You get a complete refund and they’ll even pay for the return shipping. Just call one of their customer service reps at 1-800-672-4399 for more details if you need to return an item.
7. Exceptional Customer Service
If you have a question or problem, Chewy’s customer service is available 24/7 by phone, email or online chat. You’ll get a real person on the phone that’s responsive and knowledgeable, ready to help with whatever you need.
8. Vast Selection of Products
Chewy carries around 18,000 items for dogs, cats, fish, birds, small pets and reptiles! Everything I’ve purchased at my local, chain pet store is also available on Chewy’s website, usually at lower prices.
9. Quality Brands
I’m impressed with Chewy’s selection of high quality foods, many of which can’t be found at the local big-box pet stores. You can also be assured you’ll receive fresh food when you order from Chewy.
10. User-Friendly Website
The clean design and usability of Chewy’s website makes it simple to order (and re-order) your pet supplies. It’s easy to search for items and view a history of your orders, as well as track orders that have already shipped.

Chewy.com was founded by people with a passion for pets, and it shows. I have to apologize if this article reads like a sponsored post. It is not. I just believe in supporting and rewarding companies that go above and beyond and this is certainly the case with Chewy.

Here’s a picture of my parents when Lucy and her sister Nikki were puppies. I’m sure my Dad is up there somewhere, playing with the dogs, laughing and giving lots of belly rubs.
Mom and Dad With Dogs

Thank you Chewy for bringing my mom some joy last week with your very compassionate and thoughtful gesture. The flowers are gorgeous and it gives me even one more reason why I love Chewy.com!

Have you tried Chewy.com yet? Why I Love Chewy

An Easy Halloween Costume With Dog Safe Paint


Skeleton Dog With Dog Safe PaintI admit it. I shamelessly copied Bryn Anderson and her dog Nixe’s incredible Halloween costume idea. And since Haley already has the triangular shapes around her eyes from her naturally graying face, it just seems like it was meant to be. She’s going to be a skeleton dog for Halloween this year! But don’t let my lack of creatively stop you. Design your own canine creation for Halloween (or any occasion) with this dog safe paint from Dollipop Cosmetics on Etsy.

Dog Safe Paint From Dollipop Cosmetics

Dog Safe Paint From Dollipop Cosmetics

The paint is a non-toxic mineral powder that you mix with water, coconut oil or pet-safe gel. Just mix it up and paint any design on your dog’s fur. It’s perfect for pups that don’t like wearing traditional Halloween costumes. I mixed the white mineral color with a gel, then used a large paint brush to spread on the color. Haley’s not quite as patient as Nixe with the whole process, so my design was anatomically and artistically flawed, but the gel dried nicely and the color stayed in place well. The mineral paint comes in different colors and you can also request a custom order made specifically for your pet.

Halloween DogThanks again to Bryn and Dollipop Cosmetics for creative inspiration and dog safe paint products and be sure to check out these 10 Halloween tips for your pup.

Do you plan on dressing up your pet this Halloween? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

Skeleton Dog With Dog Safe Paint

Dog Drive Types – An Outdated Theory?


Dog Drive Types - An Outdated Theory?Have you ever heard someone say their dog has a strong prey drive and wondered what they meant? After reading a lot about dog drive types, I understand why some dog trainers and behaviorists rely on them to motivate their client’s dogs. But just how useful are they? Can they really help you better understand and train your dog? First, let me explain what drive types are.

There are three basic canine drive types that make up a dog’s personality, character or temperament, so to speak. Although some theories further break down the three types, they are the motivators that cause a dog to respond instinctively in different situations.

Dogs inherit all three drive types and act on them at different times, but one or two drives may be stronger or more dominant, depending on the dog and breed. Here’s a breakdown of the three drive types.

The 3 Basic Dog Drive Types

1. Prey Drive
This drive is associated with tracking, stalking or hunting prey and also the killing and eating of prey. Along with using their sense of smell, vision and hearing, chasing moving objects is a big trigger for dogs with high prey drives. Some other behaviors related to prey drive are: pouncing, jumping, shaking, tearing or ripping things apart, digging, burying objects, stealing food, enjoying chasing games (and tug-of-war) and high-pitched barking.

2. Pack Drive
Dogs with a strong pack drive are very social and enjoy interacting with humans and other dogs. They like playing, being petted and being groomed. They’re typically easier to train because they enjoy working with people and they easily interpret our body language and cues. They’re good at following the rules and they also follow you around the house. The pack drive is also related to mating and reproductive behaviors.

3. Defense Drive
The defense drive is all about survival. It’s broken down into two self-preservation types, fight and flight.

  • Fight Drive – This drive is observed in dogs that some people might call dominant, but most of these characteristics show up after a dog reaches sexual maturity. Dogs with a high fight drive are confident, standing erect and often staring down people and other dogs. They may guard their food, toys, family or territory. They enjoy challenging games such as tug-of-war more than being petted or groomed. A dog with raised hackles from the shoulders and up the neck are displaying this type of drive.

  • Flight Drive – The flight drive is seen in dogs that are often characterized as submissive or fearful and it’s a common trait seen in younger dogs. They display a lack of confidence with their body language and actions. Dogs with high flight drives may freeze, cower, rollover to expose their belly, run away, tuck their tail between their legs or even urinate when stressed or when greeting strangers or new dogs. A dog in flight drive may also have raised hackles, but from the shoulder area going back towards the tail. It’s interesting that many dog bite injuries come from fearful or insecure dogs with high flight drives.
Dog Personalities

Are Drive Types Really That Useful?

Some trainers and behaviorists base their training methods on drive types and they tailor the training to the particular drive of a dog. That makes sense. After all, if you understand what motivates a dog, it’s easier to work with their nature or personality. Trainers will also attempt to decrease a particular drive that might be counterproductive in certain types of training or situations.

Others argue that the theory of drive types is outdated and understanding dog behavior is much more complicated than breaking down their personality or instinctual tendencies into a few simple groups. That also makes sense. Most dogs display strength in all three of these drives depending on the circumstances. Dog behavior can also evolve over time and can change depending on the environment, as well as the people and dogs they spend time with.

What’s Your Dog’s Drive Type?

You can probably guess your dog’s drive type from the descriptions above, but if you need a little help, try taking this Canine Psychometric Test from K9 Magazine. I took the test and it confirmed my thoughts about Haley. She has a strong pack drive, medium-high prey drive and low flight defense drive. When she was younger though, she had a much higher flight defense drive.

I think it’s interesting to learn about dog drive types and they help explain a lot about dog behavior, but I do feel they’re probably overly simplistic and outdated. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my fellow bloggers, it’s the fact that every dog is different and you can’t train or explain dog behavior with a single theory or method. What do you think? Leave a comment below! Dog Drive Types - An Outdated Theory?