Is It Okay to offer My Dog A Bone? Which Bones Are Safe For Dogs?

You’ve probably heard that dogs love to chew on bones. You’ve probably also heard that bones are dangerous for dogs. With all the contradictory information out there about feeding bones to dogs, it’s important to be able to sort out what the facts are, including both the health benefits and risks. The fact is that giving your dog a bone can be very dangerous, or, if you’re well-informed and follow some simple rules, it can be safe and even good for your pup. Here’s the information you need to help you determine which bones will be good for your dog and which ones to avoid.

Avoid Cooked Bones

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Cooked bones, including those that come from table scraps, are not safe for dogs to eat. They can easily break and splinter. Dogs that eat cooked bones may suffer from the following:

  • Broken teeth
  • Mouth or tongue injuries
  • Bones looped around the lower jaw
  • Windpipe, esophagus, or gastrointestinal blockage
  • Constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Peritonitis–a bacterial infection of the abdomen caused by punctures in the stomach or intestines.


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