So, you and your family just finished a sumptuous meal of rice, chicken with some fresh fish… The rice has been totally cleared from the plates and the fleshy parts of your chicken/fish have been stripped clear of their bones. Bruno (your dog) is heard barking happily outside and then you think to yourself “Bruno (your dog) is such a great dog, he deserves a real good treat”.
Then you gather the semi-crushed bones and mount it up on one plate for Bruno to eat …. Believe me when I say, you may just be feeding Bruno his last meal….
It is the oldest cliché everywhere in the world that Dogs love to chew on bones. We all grew up thinking that bones are the perfect treat for dogs. In fact, for most of us in our early childhood school days, it was common to see graphics and cartoons of dogs delightedly chewing and gnawing on bones.
The good news is that it’s true dogs really love to feed and gnaw on bones. The very bad news is that bones are actually very dangerous and sometimes deadly for a dog! And it doesn’t stop there… cooked bones especially are dangerous for them!!! Large bones are usually too large for their gastro-intestinal lumen, thereby causing blockage and obstruction. Broken large bones are brittle and sharp while small bone have sharp pointed edges that could pierce the internal organs of your dog as they are swallowed and travel down the alimentary canal. Also, the cooking process for bones makes them more brittle, increasing the likelihood they might splinter and cause internal injury to your dog.
So what those risks associated with giving your dog a cooked bone to chew?
These are listed below with particular details on the organs of the alimentary canal that the bones usually affect;
In most cases like this, your dog will usually refuse to eat, will be in great pain and will be much less active. It is important that you take your dog to a qualified and registered veterinarian who will provide quality examination, diagnosis and provide required treatment (including surgery if its indicated).
Generally, dogs like to chew on something as it provides activity, exercise and mental stimulation for them. (Remember that your dog can pick up bones around the house or get into the kitchen trash and eat bones that you may have thrown away).
You can talk with your veterinarian or visit a good vet shop for toys or treats that are safe and most appropriate for your dog (like the ones in the picture directly above). There are many available products made with different materials for dogs to chew on, so you have a varied option. Also, whatever new toys or treat you get, ensure you supervise the dog to be sure it is totally safe.
Again … remember, Bones should not be fed to your dog. Ensure you keep your dogs safe and throw the bones away.
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Reference; U.S FDA