Giving your dog a bone is a good way to please him and keep him occupied for several hours. In addition to being a treat, bones are also a great food for taking care of your dog’s gums and teeth. For all these reasons, many owners give their beloved dog bones as part of their meals. But is it good for him?
Can you give bones to your dog? Which bones to give to your dog? Which bones are dangerous for my dog? All your questions about dog bones are answered in this article.
Dog Bones: Dangers to Know
If you give a dog a bone with good intentions, you may be exposing him to serious health problems. By gnawing on the bone, the dog can break it into small, sometimes very sharp pieces. If eaten, these sharp pieces of bone can have tragic repercussions such as:
Getting stuck in his throat or jaw
Create lesions in his mouth.
Perforate your esophagus, stomach, or intestines.
Blocking and building up in the stomach
In any case, swallowed bone debris is a veterinary emergency and you should not wait to go to a clinic because this intervention requires a quick operation. The perforation of an organ can be life-threatening.
Although these types of risks exist, you should not banish all dog bones, but know how to choose them.
The best bones to give your dog
To please your dog without risking damaging his health, beef bone is ideal. Beef bones have the advantage of being particularly large and strong, making them impossible to break under the force of a dog’s jaw. Even if the dog tries hard, it won’t break it into small pieces that could puncture its stomach. He will simply gnaw it away until the bits of the flesh is removed.
To please his dog, you can give him a marrow bone that has little flesh but a greedy marrow. By trying to catch all the marrow inside the bone, the dog will gnaw and chew the bone and use his senses to find the best way to get his reward. The marrowbone is ideal for the dog’s oral health and helps to stimulate him mentally.
It is also possible to give him a more fleshy beef bone, but you should not overuse it and reduce his kibble ration so as not to promote overweight. This type of bone is ideal as part of a household or BARF diet. In any case, the bone should be an exceptional treat for the dog because the marrow and flesh are very fatty.
The bone should always be fed freshly and not cooked. Cooking tends to weaken even the largest bones, which increases the risk that a piece of bone will fall off and injure the dog. Freshly purchased bones or bones stored in the freezer are preferred if you do not wish to feed the dog directly. A bone should never be given away unattended, even the largest bones are not safe from breaking. Better to remain vigilant to make sure your dog cannot get hurt.
Dog bones to banish
Some bones are to be avoided, and they are either too small or too fragile (or both) and can seriously injure your dog. To avoid this, here is a list of dog bones that are strictly forbidden, regardless of size or breed:
Pig or boar bones
All brittle bones baked or pointed.