Is it safe to give dog bones?
The answer to this question is quite clearly NO – according to the PDSA, and many Vets.
The subject of giving bones to dogs has been discussed many times over the years, and there were some very conflicting views. However, more recently, there is a growing consensus that it IS NOT a good idea.
For generations, many dog owners have had the assumption that giving their pets bones benefits them. Chewing on raw, or cooked bones, gives your dog added calcium doesn’t it? We also think that we are giving our dogs a treat by giving them a bone. Its also great for helping to keep their oral hygiene in check. This is very much the opposite to what we are been advised today.
Current messages from leading vets about dog bones
There are some very star messages out there:
- Vets warn people not to give their dog a bone because it could Kill them!
- Vets report many cases of dogs suffering from damage to their digestive tracts and also blockages caused by bone splinters of larger pieces
- Many vets have to resort to performing surgery on dogs as a result of eating bones to remove the blockages. Sometimes, even when surgery is attempted the end result is death
Raw Hide Dog Bones/Chews
Many pet food manufacturers recommend feeding Raw Hide Bones to dogs, as a treat and an alternative to cooked or raw bones. However, If large pieces of rawhide bones are swallowed, it can become stuck and cause serious problems.
Some companies ay that Raw Hide is the perfect addition a raw or natural diet, adding texture and nutritional benefits. Many people are now thinking twice before giving these to their beloved dogs.
There is an article in the Telegraph giving more detail about the subject. Also a very sad story about a beloved little dog that sadly died as a result of eating a bone that was bought as a treat for him. To read the article, please click here.
If you have any particular views on this, we would love to hear from you.
Do you give your dogs bones?
Has your dog suffered as a result of eating bones?
What kind of bones do you give to your dog?
Will this advice change your view?