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Swallowed a piece of bone without chewing it..should I be concerned?

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I let Rio him his first chicken piece today..about an hr ago. It was the smaller part of the drumstick..sorta looks like a smaller thigh..not sure what it's called. I was holding the bone lightly while he was chewing on it. Well...he broke off a piece and just swallowed it..did not chew it down at all. I am extremely nervous. The piece was prob about a half inch to an inch big, and about a half in wide. Should I be concerned?? Could this pose a threat of puncturing something internally or causing an obstruction?? Never feeding bone again..whole bone..he doesn't like to chew..he just gets it in his mouth and swallows. He is a chihuahua, 8 lbs. I'm very worried.
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It's ok that's what's supposed to happen. A dog's digestion starts in the stomach. They don't digest anything in their mouth really like us. They crunch it enough so it fits down their throat and then the breaking down starts in the stomach. That's a pretty small piece so he'll be fine.
It will probably be fine. Raw bone does digest somewhat, and what doesn't digest will probably pass in the stool. Watch for lethargy, vomiting, or hunching/abdominal pain and call your vet if you see them. After 48 hours or so without problems, you should be in the clear.

If you don't want to feed whole raw bones anymore, then you can always grind it. I usually feed a grind, except for chicken and turkey necks.
What grind do you use?
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