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Doggy Bones

Do you give your Bainbridge Island dog bones? Have you wondered whether you should or shouldn’t? There is quite a bit of confusion when it comes to dogs and bones. The popular image of a dog happily chewing on a big bone is somewhat of a misnomer, however, as bones can be dangerous for your furry friend. Dogs, of course, love bones, but our furry pals don’t always know what is best for them.

There are some benefits to chewing bones. Dogs do need to chew, to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Chewing will stimulate Fido’s gums, and will help your dog create saliva, which will help keep his mouth healthy. Bones do have some very real dangers, however. They can splinter and break off in your pup’s mouth. If your pooch swallows pieces, it can cause blockages, or damage your pup’s stomach or intestines, which can be very serious.

Cooked Bones

Cooked bones can be quite dangerous for dogs. Bones are much more brittle when cooked, and thus much more likely to snap off in small pieces. Chicken bones are particularly prone to splintering. Bone splinters can damage your furry pal’s stomach and intestines. You should be very careful when discarding cooked bones, and make sure that your canine buddy can’t get to them.

Raw Bones

Raw bones are generally considered much safer than cooked bones, but there is a bit of controversy over this as well. It is true that raw bones are less likely to splinter, and do provide phosphorous and calcium, but raw bones can still break off. Raw bones can also harbor bacteria, which can make your pooch sick or give him diarrhea.

Alternatives

Rawhide bones are a good alternative to real bones, as they do provide the stimulation your pup wants without the dangers of real bones. Pig ears, though they are often sold as dog treats, are actually dangerous, as they can splinter and create blockages, or even chip Fido’s teeth.

Other Factors

Some dogs are more likely to choke on bones than others are. Dogs whose jaw structures are delicate, such as pugs and boxers, are more likely to have issues. Adult dogs that have never had bones before are also at risk, since they tend to try to swallow pieces.

Please check with your Bainbridge Island vet for recommendations about feeding your furry buddy bones, and remember to check our site frequently for more articles on dog care and behavior.

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