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

What About Store-Bought Bone Treats?

Retriever with bone chewing isolated

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Additionally, the FDA warns that commercially available bone treats, which are often processed and differ from the bones you might receive from a butcher, may present similar dangers and cause illnesses in dogs. In 2015, the FDA received 35 reports of dogs suffering from a variety of conditions related to commercially available bone treat products including Ham Bones, Pork Femur Bones, Rib Bones, and Smokey Knuckle Bones. Companies often dry these products through smoking or baking and add preservatives, seasoning, or smoke flavoring. The dogs in the reports suffered from the following:

  • Gastrointestinal blockage
  • Choking
  • Cuts in the mouth or on tonsils
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Death (in the case of eight of the dogs)

What About Rawhides?

Rawhide chews sometimes cause similar conditions as store-bought bone treats. The manufacturing process of these bones leaves them with trace amounts of toxic chemicals, and they have the potential for contamination with Salmonella or E. coli. These chews can cause digestion problems, as well as blockages. Additionally, artificial dog chews can contain gelatin, artificial sweeteners, and other additives and preservatives that may be toxic or cancer-causing. Avoid chews with these ingredients.


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