Are Bones Safe For Dogs?

The holidays are right around the corner and that means delicious treats and once-a-year meals we all enjoy. We may be tempted to share some of our holiday feast with our pup pals, especially the coveted bones. However, some bones are not a good idea. In fact, they can be dangerous and cause serious injury to your pet.

The safety of bones is a hotly debated topic among dog owners and veterinarians, especially in the raw dog food community. This school of thought believes dogs should eat only eat raw meat, bones, vegetables, and fruit and avoid processed dog food. There are, however, some basics that all dog lovers agree on to keep our pets healthy and safe.

Universal Tips About Bone Safety for Dogs:

  • Dogs should only be given raw chicken, turkey, beef or lamb bones. Cooked bones have a higher tendency to splinter and crack increasing the likelihood of causing an internal perforation or tear.
  • Never give your dog a cooked bone from the family dinner!
  • Do not leave your dog unattended while eating.
  • Take the bone away after 10-15 minutes and put it in the refrigerator. Any raw food has the potential for salmonella and E. coli exposure.
  • Dispose of the bone after 3-4 days.

Not all veterinarians agree on the exact rules to follow regarding bones and safety. Many veterinarians caution against giving dogs bones at all and warn the only bones safe for dogs are uncooked bones, larger than their head. If you are looking for an absolute way to protect your furry friend, do not give your dog a bone. There is always a risk of choking. Your vet will be able to best advise you on their recommendations and answer any questions you may have. You, ultimately, will need to decide what you are comfortable with feeding your dog.

Additional Thoughts on Bones Safe for Dogs:

  • Only give your dog a bone it is impossible for them to swallow.
  • Don’t feed your dog pork or rib bones as they are more likely to splinter.
  • Give your dog a bone after a meal when they are less hungry and not as likely to eat the whole thing.
  • Do not give a dog who’s had dental work a bone.
  • Bones with marrow should not be given to a dog with pancreatitis.
  • Bones given to your dog should be smooth to the touch. Rough edges are hard on the mouth, gums and teeth.

Bones can be a delightful treat for your pet and most vets and other experts agree there are bones safe for dogs to enjoy. If you have any doubts or concerns, be sure to talk to your vet and make the decision right for you and your pet. Holiday treats should be just that, a treat, and not cause stress or worry. As we all prepare for the busy holiday season, PlexiDor Dog Doors hopes we all find a little less stress and more convenience in our daily routines. Allowing your pet the freedom to come and go outside as they need may be of help at this time. Whether this year has us home more than usual or the end of year hustle and bustle keeps us away from home a bit more, it helps to know the dog isn’t waiting by the back door, needing to go out. A PlexiDor Dog Door can provide the convenience dogs and dog owners alike are looking for. Contact us or call 888-PETDOOR to answer any questions. We are always happy to help!