Should Dogs Eat Bones?

Should Dogs Eat Bones?

Here’s what you should know about dogs eating bones 

Dogs chewing on bones is an age-old pop culture trope. It’s standard in cartoons, but can dogs eat bones safely in real life?

Can dogs eat bones safely?

Eating any kind of bone can be dangerous for your pup, and the type of bone — small, large, cooked or raw — will determine the specific risks involved.

For example, you should never give your dog small bones or cooked bones, because of how brittle they are.

“If the bone tends to splinter (like chicken bones), the shards could potentially cause injury to the esophagus as it is swallowed. Even if the bone is chewed and digested properly, bones can cause constipation and pain/discomfort.”

if a bone isn’t chewed well and is swallowed whole, it’ll likely not digest in the stomach, which can cause some major problems.“While a dog’s stomach acid is able to digest boney substances, if a dog eats a large amount of thick bones, that can be hard to digest. That’s why, to be safe, you should always call your veterinarian if your pup swallows a bone, whether it’s an accident or not.

Other risks of dogs eating bones

There are a couple additional risks associated with dogs eating bones.

Gastrointestinal obstruction

If your dog can’t digest it, the bone can progress to an intestinal obstruction — a life-threatening condition that requires emergency treatment and possibly surgery to resolve.

Tooth damage

Chewing on bones doesn’t just bother your pup’s stomach — it can also hurt his mouth.

“Many bones are too hard for a dog’s teeth, and chewing on bones can cause enamel damage or even fracture teeth, both of which in turn can result in dental disease, infection and oral pain/sensitivity,

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What to give your dog instead

If you’re looking to give your dog a bone, it’s a good idea to stick to chew toys or edible options that are made especially for dogs — while you supervise, of course.

Try this Hartz Chew ‘n Clean Dental Duo Bacon Flavored Dental Dog Chew Toy $7.97

Try this   RANTOJOY Tough Dog Toys Aggressive $9.95

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