Safety Tips: How to Safely Let Your Dog Enjoy Bones
If your veterinarian gave you the go-ahead to feed your dog steak bones, then consider the following tips to make their bone-chewing experience as safe as possible.
The number one rule for dog owners who feed steak bones to their dogs is to supervise their chewing. Always give a bone only when you or someone else will be near your dog to watch, ensuring that they don’t chew the bone until it splinters. This way, you’ll be nearby in case aggressive chewing or choking happens.
What Types Of Bones Can Dogs Eat?
Although it depends on the type of animal bone, you should follow some general rules when considering giving your dog this “treat”.
One of the most frequent questions we see is, “can dogs eat beef rib bones?” Yes, as long as they’re large. Beef bones are naturally harder than most other types of animal bones, making them more difficult for dogs to break down. Can dogs eat steak bones? The same rule applies as with rib bones.
Can dogs eat cooked beef bones? There’s been some disagreement among veterinary experts in the past on this issue, but the general consensus is that cooked bones, regardless of the type, are not good for dogs. Talk with your vet about feeding your dog cooked beef bones.
Can dogs eat cooked chicken bones (or raw, for that matter)? The consensus on chicken bones of any kind is a resounding NO. Why? Chicken bones, especially when cooked, easily break and splinter. This can cause your dog to choke from bones getting caught in their throat.
Even worse, the sharp, splintered bones can puncture your dog’s gastrointestinal tract, which not only can cause extreme pain and infection but can also lead to death if not treated immediately.
Turkey bones splinter easily like chicken bones. So, feeding turkey bones of any kind (raw or cooked) is not recommended.
Like chicken bones, veterinary experts typically agree that pork bones aren’t safe, whether they’re cooked or raw. This includes pork ribs, ham bones, and pork chop bones. The adverse health effects can be the same as you’d see with chicken bones.
Lamb bones are more similar to beef bones in their density. So, follow the same rules as for beef bones. Raw is better but cooked is okay if the lamb bone is large and thick.
Are Steak Bones Safe for Dogs?
Just because something looks tasty doesn’t mean it’s safe to eat. Such can be the case with steak bones — but don’t count them out of your dog’s diet just yet.
When given raw, steak bones can be okay for dogs to eat, as long as your dog has a clean bill of health from its veterinarian and excellent dental health. Also, your dog should have some self-control when it comes to chewing rather than one that tries to shred and swallow everything that goes in their mouth.
Raw steak bones are the better option than cooked steak bones because they don’t splinter as easily. A raw steak bone is stronger, so your dog can chew on it for hours and probably never break a piece off, but a cooked bone can break apart more easily.
With that said, there’s no definitive answer here. Some experts believe steak bones are okay to give once in a while, while others always advise against feeding dogs bones because of the risks that come with them. For instance, raw bones risk being contaminated with bacteria, and some strong chewers could still break off pieces that can damage their teeth and digestive system.
Therefore, it’s always best to check with your veterinarian before feeding your dog any steak bones. Your vet completes thorough examinations on your dog and knows its medical history and breed health risks, allowing them to make a more informed decision for your specific pup.
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