Don't Be a Bonehead: Only Give Your Dog the Right Bones

Don’t Be a Bonehead: Only Give Your Dog the Right Bones

January 5, 2022

Everyone knows that dogs love bones—it’s in their nature. However, it’s important to realize that you can’t give your dog just any bones. Certain types of bones can cause major health problems in dogs. Avoid an expensive vet bill and a pained loved one by learning about what bones are safe for dogs.

Can I give my dog cooked bones?

This is a common question veterinarians get when someone’s trying to learn what bones are safe for dogs. Cooked bones are usually softer, so they should be great for dogs, right? This isn’t the case. Cooked bones can actually hurt your dog in many ways, as they’re easier to break.

When a cooked bone breaks, it often has sharp edges which can easily cut up your dog’s mouth. It can be even worse if your dog manages to swallow the bone, as they could end up choking. Cooked bones in a dog’s digestive system can cause vomiting, diarrhea and constipation. In some cases, the bone causes an intestinal blockage that requires surgery to fix.

Simply put, you can’t ever give your dog cooked bones—no matter how much they lick their lips when staring at that piece of fried chicken.

What bones are safe for dogs?

If you can’t give your dogs cooked bones, what kind of bones can you give them? Raw bones are usually the best option. You can pick up these bones at most pet shops and even some grocery stores. That said, raw bones can sometimes be unsafe as well.

There are several things to consider when purchasing a raw bone for your furry friend. For one, you should never buy a bone small enough for them to swallow. It’s also important to avoid pork bones, as they can easily splinter and crack. Watch out for rib bones too, as these bones are often small and easy to crack.

Avoid leaving bones on the table or in the trash

If your trash can or dining room table is in reach of your dogs, avoid leaving bones in those locations. A dog that smells bones will likely be unable to resist going through the trash or climbing on the kitchen table to get them. Avoid allowing your pet to sneak unsafe bones by disposing of them in a different location.

Ask your vet

The best way to determine what bones are safe for your dogs, in particular, is by asking their vet. Your vet may even know a great local place to buy said bones. If you’re unsure about what bones to give your dog, just don’t give them any until after you consult with their vet.

If you’re in need of veterinary services for your dog or other pet, get in touch with the experts at St. Francisville Animal Hospital. One of our experienced vets will be able to give your furry friend a thorough examination and determine what’s going on. We also offer pet boarding and pet grooming services at competitive prices. Call or visit today to learn more!

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