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Why You Shouldn’t Actually Give Your Dog Bones

August 15, 2022
Give A Dog A Bone Week starts August 21st this year, which is next Sunday. While we’re usually happy to get on board with all of the official, unofficial, and sometimes just plain silly pet observation days, this particular topic can be tricky. Although the image of Fido chewing on a bone is a timeless and beloved cultural icon, it’s also a dangerous one. In this article, a local Omaha, NE vet explains why it’s actually not a great idea to give your canine companion a bone.

Choking Hazards

Cooked bones are one of the most dangerous things you can give a dog. They are very brittle, and can break off into sharp pieces that can cut your four-legged friend’s mouth and/or choke him. This is a very serious risk, and one that, unfortunately, can be life threatening. (Raw bones aren’t as brittle, but may carry a higher risk of germs.)

Internal Injuries

Fido may be able to swallow that bone shard, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods. Those sharp pieces can do a lot of damage to your pup’s digestive system. Blockages and perforations are both extremely painful and extremely dangerous, not to mention potentially fatal. Your furry pal may have to undergo emergency surgery. You definitely don’t want that!

Dental Issues

Many of our canine patients have dental problems. Cracked and broken teeth are quite common in dogs. (This isn’t surprising, given that Fido uses his mouth to play.) When you offer your pooch a real bone, there’s a very real chance that he could hurt his mouth on it.

Hygiene

No matter how carefully they have been packaged or treated, bones are always going to carry some sort of risk of pathogens, which could make you and Fido very sick. (They also aren’t exactly the cleanest thing to offer your dog, especially as he’ll eat it on the floor.)

Alternatives

Want to give your pup something special to mark the week? Bone broth is a safe and healthy option for your furry friend. You can also offer Fido a bone-shaped treat or toy. This is a great way to get that cute tail going without putting your canine buddy at risk of harm. Do you have questions about safe and unsafe treats for dogs? We can help! Contact us, your local Omaha, NE animal clinic, today!
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