Dog Stomach Acid May Dissolve Certain Types of Bones

The acid in your dog’s stomach can dissolve certain types of bones (some more likely than others). As a dog owner, it can be worrying when your dog chews a bone and swallows it, especially if it has been broken into smaller shards.

The good news is that dogs have been eating bones for hundreds of years so they do have a digestive system that can process bones. Chicken bones, for example, may either dissolve once it gets into a dog’s stomach or pass along the dog’s digestive system without any event. What happens to the bones will depend on a number of factors like how many the dog ate.

Unfortunately, if your dog swallowed a larger piece of bone then it’s unlikely for the stomach acid to have enough time to process and digest it. Beef and pork bones, for example, are likely to cause distress and potential health issues like obstructions and choking hazards.

If your dog accidentally swallows a piece of bone then please watch over the dog carefully for the next few days. The dog may either end up fine (with the stomach acid digesting the bone) or the dog may start to exhibit concerning symptoms. For the latter, we would strongly recommend calling the vet if you notice anything unusual with your dog’s behavior.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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