This is Maisie. When I take her to the park, she's often on vacuum mode, especially toward the end of the walk. I keep her at a quick walk and I watch her like a hawk, admonishing her with a quick "NO" when I catch her about to eat something she shouldn't. But like so many dogs, Maisie can sniff and snarf before anyone can react. She finds things I can't see in the dark, in the dirt, or in the tall grass. But it's okay because I'm prepared.
Last Saturday, I heard a CRACK.
How Maisie found something in the flat dusty path is beyond me, but I immediately grabbed her bottom jaw with my left hand and I put my thumb across her tongue and teeth, just behind her incisors (her bottom fangs); this way she can't wiggle loose. Next I get down for a look and I gently pull out the bone. I run a finger along her cheeks to check for any splintered pieces. But lo and behold, just as I am about throw away the confiscated bone, she somehow finds another bone on the ground and I hear a second CRACK. And I'm back at it. I pull out the second bone and I marvel at the sharp edge on this one. Yikes.
To avoid your dog snarfing up a bone:
First Aid Books and Apps are fantastic, but the only priceless First Aid in your Kit is your attention. And it's free too. Having chats with friends while on a dog walk is fun, but it can spell trouble if your attention wavers.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: I have a bone to pick
I know some people blame humans for the chicken bones and the like left in the park. They either imagine super evil people, who grow giddy at the thought of making a dog choke to death, or they think certain groups of people are "just slobs." Anyway, it's my firm belief that it's not humans. Sure there might be the occasional BBQ bone that didn't land in the garbage can, but it's more likely that rats or birds pull these bones out of the garbage and were scared off before they could take their goodie home. In any case, just keep an eye and ear out for the crunchy stuff while your furry little snarf-a-lot is on the hunt.