“Give a dog a bone” — a common saying we’ve all heard, but in reality, should you satisfy those pitiful eyes begging you for your leftover bone from dinner?
We all know dogs consider a bone a prized possession, but do you know which bones are safe, and what do you do if your dog eats a bone that’s harmful?
Find out all the answers to your questions and more in our comprehensive guide to safe bones for dogs. Table Of Contents
But, how is this different from other options?
Where do I start?! There are SO many reasons why Buffalo Rib Bones are great treats. Does your dog have allergies? Do you even THINK your dog has allergies? Buffalo is a novel protein, which means it can be awesome for dogs with allergies and sensitive tummies.
And like I mentioned above, you have a lot on your plate. Now you have Buffalo Rib Bones to help keep your smaller dog mentally and physically stimulated. If your dog has ever shown signs of boredom (ie. digging, jumping up, chewing, acting out, barking), then they need something to do! Gnawing on raw frozen bones is a great way to satisfy your dogs innate desire to CHEW!
What to Avoid When Giving Your Dog a Bone
Don’t give your dog the wrong kind of bone. This includes poultry bones and pork bones. Rib bones, especially pork rib bones, are high in fat. Dogs aren’t built to handle this amount of saturated fat and can suffer from pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, often caused by too much fat in the diet; it can range from mild to severe, but it typically shows up as vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, and a loss of appetite. Severe cases can be deadly, so it’s important to seek veterinary attention right away.
Don’t give your dog cooked bones of any kind. Cooked bones splinter into shards that can cause choking and serious damage to the dog’s mouth, throat, or intestines. Cooking can also remove nutrients from the bone. If your dog does ingest cooked bones, give your veterinarian a call for advice or to schedule an appointment to rule out any serious outcomes. Be careful to keep platters containing bones out of reach when you’re cooking or putting food on the table. And don’t put bones in any trashcans that your dog might be able to get into.
Don’t let your dog chew any kind of bone into small pieces. These pieces create a major choking hazard. Bone fragments can easily get lodged in your dog’s throat, blocking the airways and creating an emergency situation. Also, these chunks are typically very sharp and can puncture and cut the inside of your dog’s mouth, tongue, stomach, and intestines. Bone fragments, especially rib bones, can also lodge in the descending colon near the rectum, causing constipation-like symptoms and pain. This will require a trip to the veterinarian or emergency clinic for expensive treatment and enemas.
Don’t give your dog chunks of bone that can cause blockages. The chance of the chunks getting stuck in the intestines is fairly high. This happens when a bone fragment is too large to pass through the gut and obstructs the flow of all other digested food through the gastrointestinal tract. Obstructions are very serious and can quickly lead to severe illness and death.
Don’t give your dog a bone if they have stomach problems. A bone and its marrow can cause diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome; they might make just plain sensitive stomachs even worse.
Don’t give your dog a bone if there’s another dog visiting. Even friendly dogs can be very protective of their bones.
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