Are dog bones safe for your dog? Bones have long bones a dog’s favorite treat.
In 2010, the FDA released a list of 10 risk factors for your dog if he eats bones.
Risks of Dog Bones
These risks include:
- Broken teeth, which can be painful for your dog and the treatment for broken teeth could require costly dentist visits.
- Tongue and mouth injuries, which could cause loss of too much blood and may require a visit to the vet.
- Bones may be looped around the lower jaw of your dog. This may get extremely painful for your furry friend and require a visit to your vet.
- The bone may get blocked in the esophagus, windpipe, stomach or intestines of your dog.
- Sharp fragments of bones may cause constipation, as your furry friend may find it hard to pass the hard fragments.
- Strong bleeding from the rectum.
- Bone fragments can cause holes in your dog’s stomach and intestines, causing peritonitis, a serious disease that asks for surgery.
So you know that dog bones may pose a high risk to your dog. In either case, it requires a visit to the vet, which can be very expensive.
Is It Safe To Give Our Dog Bones
However, one thing is unsure from the FDA recommendation. Did it refer to cooked bones or raw bones? The truth is that cooked bones seem to be more dangerous because they lose nutritional value in the process of cooking, eventually becoming more brittle, which is “just good” to cause internal injury. Because we don’t have an incontestable answer to this question, many people think that raw bones are not really dangerous for your dog.
Because we don’t have a clear answer whether our dog needs bones or not, many people think that raw bones are not actually dangerous for your dog.
The truth is that raw bones are beneficial to your dog. If you provide your dog with a bone for chewing, this will keep his jaws strong, breath a bit fresher, and teeth clean. Dogs that chew often on raw bones have less tartar and plaque deposition on their teeth.
Now it’s up to you to decide if you want your dog to eat bones or not. You know it all about the risks, costs, advantages, and disadvantages. You do not want to play with the health of your dog, so consider pros and cons before introducing any new dog food product in your furry friend’s diet.
Do you have any bad experiences with your dog eating bones?