Dec 15, 2008

Feeding the dogs cotton balls

Yes you read that correctly. You know how they always say not to let your dogs eat cooked chicken bones? Well my dogs never got that memo. We had fried chicken for dinner and threw the bones in the trash can that sits behind closet doors. Well me and the worm went downstairs to play and so I could do some laundry. When we came upstairs I noticed that the door was open and when I looked into the trash can the bones were missing!! I checked the normal doggy hiding spots, their beds, their crates, the corner of the hallway ya know the good places to stash things with no such luck. One of my dogs ate the bones or perhaps both of them I don't know.

So I can't figure out which dog ate them and I'm desperate to know which one of my dogs is going to die tonight so I bend down and tried to smell their breath. I mean surely it would smell like chicken right? Wrong just smelled like dog food. The worm gave me the strangest look ever and said "mommy what are you doing" and all I could say was "smelling the doggies breath" to which he replied "that sounds like a stupid idea" yep your right kid!

So I get online and google it and find a remedy. It says to soak cotton balls in half and half and break into pieces and feed to your dog. Ok, it's worth a shot and the logic is spot on. It says that the bones spikey pieces will get wrapped around the cotton balls so when they pass them or they are floating around in their stomach that the cotton will cover those pieces and perhaps spare their intestines. So I have no half and half but figure I would just try milk. My dogs go nutty over milk and the half and half is only there for them so they actually want to eat it and it doesn't taste like cotton. They ate their cotton balls like champs and now I get to spend the next few days searching through their dog poop for some sign of them passing the bones or that they are dying.

BTW: another site said to feed the dog a piece or two of bread to cushion the bones, well I did that too. Can never be too safe right? Also if it gets me out of spending $2000 at the vets office I'm all for it!


  1. My dog ate chicken bones and he wasn't passing them, so I tried the cotton ball remedy. Within 20 minutes he broke out in hives. His eyes were swelling up and I was afraid his air passages would also swell so I rushed him to the vet. Turns out it was an allergic reaction to the half and half. That was basically a $200 chicken wing. :(

  2. Please, please, please don't do the cotton ball thing. I have just read a question and answer forum where somebody offered this advice to a person whose dog ate a cooked bone. Others in the same forum responded that they had heard of this method too. I did a bit more reading on the web and found that a lot of people have repeated this advice. An undigestible substance like cotton can just complicate things in your dogs intestines and cause further issues--blockages, intestine twisting, rupture, and other consequences of potentially deadly consequence. If an emergency arises, pick up the phone and call your vet or emergency clinic and get advice from people who have seen situations like this time and again. There is wisdom in their experience. If the idea is to save the cost of a trip to the vet, you may be creating greater expense to yourself and increasing your furry-friend's suffering.

  3. I have to say I agree with anonymous ^^ above. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician, and highly recommend NOT doing this. I work in an emerge clinic and see a lot of foreign bodies xrays and surgeries. Eating cotton can make matters worse. If you swallowed something harmful you wouldn't go eating cotton- you'd go to your doctor. Give your pet the same respect.

  4. The cotton ball remedy worked on my dog but i did it with olive oil and yogurt to get them down and lubricate his intestines, the cotton balls came right out along with a piece of plastic bottle he ate, and this was just a puppy.. Im sure it will work for you.. I dont know why people think that a dog can't pass a cotton ball threw him lol its literally cotton, the softest thing you can think of.

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