Published on May 12, 2016
We’ve all sung this song once upon a time and to most of us giving our dog a bone is completely natural. It’s our way of telling our dogs that we love them. Dogs in return can spend hours chewing on a bone in happy bliss and contentment. However, I’m here to tell you that this is one treat that you may want to cross off your dog’s diet. Recently I have seen many dogs come in to our clinic after either choking on a bone or suffering severe intestinal injury from swallowing one. Bones can seriously harm your dog. Your pet may require hospitalization with major surgery, or even worse, bone ingestion can prove to be fatal.
Bones have Hidden Dangers
Natural bones, whether raw or cooked, can present health hazards to your pooch. The process of cooking the bones in an oven hardens and dries the bone matrix. This allows the bone to splinter when chewed. These sharp fragments can then injure a dog’s intestinal tract. Raw bones are not safe for our dogs either. Raw meat and bones can harbor bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli that can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
In its 2015 Consumer Update, the FDA listed the following risks associated with giving your dog a cooked bone to chew – note that in every case, adequate treatment and the safety of your pet depends upon a costly visit to the veterinarian:
In short, the problems that can arise from bone ingestion are too great. We know you love your dog and perhaps that’s why you gave her the bone to begin with. However, please consider a safer alternative to bones when you are thinking of giving your pooch a tasty treat. Nylabones, Dentastiks, and Kongs are all great alternatives to bones that your dog will love and be much safer enjoying!
If you have any questions regarding the health of your pet, please do not hesitate to contact us at (703) 591-3304.