Bones for Dogs?
There are several differing opinions on whether to give a dog bones.
This is a decision you should make after doing your own research and talking with your Vet.
Many Vet’s advise never giving dogs bones because of:
· Throat or Esophagus Obstructions
· Fractured Teeth
· Intestine Obstruction
· Bacterial Contamination
· Inflammation of the GI Tract
There are some Vet’s who are okay with dogs having bones as a snack.
· Natural way to get calcium
· Exercise the dog’s teeth and gums
· Helps clean teeth
· Bones large enough that they are not able to break and swallow pieces.
Don’t give your dog Cooked Bones - these are subject to splintering
Don’t give your dog Frozen Bones - these are harder than the dog’s teeth
Don’t give your dog Chicken Bones - these easily splinter causing obstructions
Don’t give your dog Turkey Bones - these easily splinter causing obstructions
Don’t give your dog Fish Bones - these can cause intestinal obstructions
Don’t give your dog Pork Bones - these can splinter causing obstructions
Don’t give your dog any type of small bones - these can splinter causing obstructions
There is also a concern that raw bones that were once frozen are now more brittle and are subject to causing injury to the dog.
For a special treat you can save the bones and simmer them in water to make a mineral-rich stock that you can share with your dog. (Drain the stock and throw out the bones)
Another reason you may want to avoid giving your dog bones is environmental poisons.
“Though they are otherwise an excellent source of calcium and other minerals, the bones of American cattle contain high levels of lead” Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide To Natural Health For Dogs & Cats
Please make your own decision after doing your own research and talking with your Vet.