There’s a heck lot of misunderstanding regarding what bones are safe for dogs. Seriously, you will hear a ton of contradictory information on this subject on any given day.
Because of this, we bring to you some well-researched information that will clear all the misconceptions surrounding this topic. So, get ready to bust all the myths.
Which bones are safer?
Fresh and raw bones (with the meat attached) from a known source are safe for a dog to eat, assuming that your dog doesn’t have issues with a particular type of meat.
So, the choices are plentiful. Uncooked bones of pork, chicken, rabbit, beef, veal, lamb, and goat, from a safe source, can be served to your dog on any given day.
The choice of bone really comes down to availability, dog’s breed, and, of course, personal preference. Basically, you should choose bones that are soft enough to eat, chew, and digest.
Anything more that you should know?
If the meat on the bone isn’t adequately fresh for you to cook and eat it, it’s most likely not suitable for your dog too. Although pet dogs can have no issues, you are still risking their health.
Of course, you should also get rid of the uneaten bones as they can get brittle with time, leading to health complications upon your dog eating them.
Not to mention that you should also pay attention to the size of the bone. Uncooked or not, the bone fed to your pet should be of decent size. It should not be overly large or small.
If you serve large bones to a small puppy, the pet won’t be able to swallow it without a serious struggle. If the bone size is too small, your dog will try to swallow it directly instead of chewing it.
So, don’t serve too large or small bones. Provide your pet with appropriate-sized bones based on his/her physical stature to avoid the risk of choking and other health hazards.
Also, bear in mind that consuming large quantities of bones can lead to constipation. So, try to monitor your dog’s diet to manage what he/she consumes on a daily basis.
Needless to say, you should limit the quantity or reduce the frequency if your pet gets constipated from excess bone consumption. Elder dogs, in particular, are more prone to constipation.
Is it okay to feed cooked bones?
You shouldn’t feed cooked bones to your pet dogs because it can backfire in a big way. After all, the digestive system of dogs is not the same as ours.
For those who don’t know, cooked/boiled bones can cause splinters, which can mess up your dog’s intestines, causing serious issues in the process.
So, cooked bones are the worst due to the problems they can cause. Also, try not to give hard bones to your pet dogs as hard bones can damage their teeth.
Every veterinary dentist that you meet will also advise you something along the same lines because they are well aware of the fact that hard bones can lead to fractured teeth.
As you might already know, fractured teeth require expensive dental treatment. As a result, many dogs are forced to live with painful fractured teeth for several years and beyond.
Keep an eye on the dog’s poop too. If you notice blood, or if your dog has stopped popping, the chances are that your pet must have eaten cooked meat from somewhere.
As they say, ‘A dog’s poop is the proof of everything.’ In scenarios like these, you should take your dog to the vet’s office as soon as possible for a quick cure.
Are store-bought bones safe?
Most dog bones sold at pet stores these days are safe for pet consumption. Of course, take this information with a grain of salt as no two brands of store-bought bones are the same.
As they say, the devil is in the details. And, we don’t know about the product ingredients of each of the pet food brands out there. So, it’s better to get bones from a butcher than a pet store.
Not to mention that some stores sell smoke bones, which you shouldn’t feed to your dog as no cooked food should be allowed. Raw bones are good, but anything processed or heat-treated should be avoided.
Tips on raw bone feeding:
Keep in mind that even raw bones can cause issues if you don’t know how and when to feed them to your dogs. Here are some pointers that you should keep in mind to cause less or no problems.
-Always serve a bone after a meal. The fact that your dog will be less hungry after a meal, the chances of your dog swallowing a large piece of bone will be quite less.
-As hinted earlier, pay attention to the size of the bone. Choose a bone size that’s no longer than your dog’s muzzle. This will prevent your dog from swallowing it whole.
–Don’t serve bone to your dog if he/she is having any stomach issues. Moreover, do not feed him/her with the wrong kind of bone. Pay attention to your dog’s personal preference too.
-Get rid of the bone that your dog has chewed down to the brittle part. Also, do not leave your dog alone. Supervise him/her to manage any unwanted situation at the earliest.
-Make it a point to refrigerate the bones after 15-20 minutes of your dog chewing on them to prevent bacteria from accumulating on them. You can get rid of them after 3-4 days.
-Of course, do not serve your dog with frozen bones as they can be too harsh on their teeth. Leave the food outside for a while before serving them to your dog.
-Also, do not let your dog bury the bone for later eating. Old and buried bone can invite a lot of bacteria, which can make way for some infection.
-If your dog barely chews any of his/her food, serving him/her with a bone would a bad idea. The chances are that he/she will consume it whole without chewing.
As you can tell by now, cooked bones are a complete ‘no.’ You can always get raw bones from a butcher to feed your furry friend. Simply put, raw bones should be on your dog’s menu, and cooked meat should be off the menu.