You may want your baby back (baby back, baby back) ribs, as the Chilis commercial jingle went a few years ago, but is it cool to give beef or pork rib bones to dogs as a treat once in a while?
While theres anything inherently toxic to dogs about cooked pork or beef rib meat, bones are a more complicated issue. Because of the chances of choking, digestion problems, and sharp bones in the gastrointestinal tract, veterinarians like Renee Schmid, DVM, DABVT, DABT, a veterinarian toxicologist who works with Pet Poison Helpline, have begun shying away from recommending that dogs chew on animal bones.
WHAT KIND OF BONES ARE SAFE FOR DOGS?
Large raw beef or bison bones can be a healthy treat for your dog. They’re loaded with minerals and nutrients and help with dental hygiene of your pet.
The bone should be large enough that the dog doesn’t swallow it whole and it must be raw.
Cooked bones, even those from bigger animals like cows and bison can still splinter just like pork bones.
Dogs should always be supervised while eating any raw bone to monitor for choking or any other complications.
We give our Belgian Malinois raw beef bones 2-3 times a month to keep up with his dental health and he absolutely loves them!
Not to mention, it’s a great exercise to keep the dog occupied and calm for quite a bit, always a plus with a high energy dog like a Belgian Malinois!
CAN DOGS EAT RAW PORK BONES?
While there are some raw bones dogs can have, raw pork bones are also advised against feeding to dogs.
Although not as likely as cooked pork bones, raw pork bones still have a tendency to splinter and crack after ingestion potentially causing all the same problems.
When it comes to bones from pigs, it’s just best for your dog to avoid them completely.
When you finish up your pork chop, is it okay to give your dog the bone? The answer is no. A pork bone actually might be dangerous for your dog to consume.
Are cooked pork rib bones safe for dogs?
Are pork rib bones good for small dogs?
It can take anywhere between 24 and 72 hours for dogs to pass a rib bone. Time depends on the amount eaten, how the bones were prepared, and the size and breed of the dog. In some cases, fragments will dissolve in the stomach. However, larger bone fragments will often make their way to the intestines.