What happened?

Cleo was happily gnawing on a bone at home, when the bone became lodged on her
bottom jaw. To complicate matters, it was also wedged behind her lower canine teeth.

Action taken:

Cleo’s owners tried to remove it, but realised it was truly stuck and rushed her in to see us. Cleo was examined,
weighed and then sedated. Once the sedation had taken effect, a hand saw was used to cut through the bone.

Outcome and additional notes:

Fortunately, the bone was easy to remove and it had not caused any damage to the mouth. Much to her owner’s relief,
she’s now back home, happy and having fun, seemingly unaware of the fuss the bone caused.


As with all treats including dog bones and toys:

    • Supervise your dog! Especially with a bone, chewing and gnawing can create sharp edges or splinters.
    • Some dogs can be territorial about treats and food. Check that you will be able to take any item from your dog

if you need to avoid problems.

What problems can some bones cause?

Cooked bones, such as leftovers from a roast, can be brittle. They can splinter and be harmful to your dog.

There are also other dangers:

      • Tooth damage, such as broken teeth.
      • Cut injuries in the mouth.
      • Smaller bones can lodge in the throat, windpipe etc.
      • Damage to the stomach or stomach lining.
      • Intestinal blockage.
      • Blood in faeces from internal damage of intestinal tract.

If your pet is showing any of these signs, please contact us on 022 43862 or 022 25193 for further advice.