Should I Give My Dog a Meat Bone?
It seems intuitive that dogs would enjoy and benefit from chewing on bones. However, chewing bones can actually pose a serious health risk for your Dances with Wolves Ranch dog. It’s important to follow the detailed safety rules when giving your dog any kind of chew toy, and especially bones.
The first rule is that you should never give your dog cooked bones. Cooked bones such as table scraps of chicken bones are very unsafe for your dog and often result in choking, broken teeth, mouth or throat injuries, vomiting and diarrhea. Similarly, many store-bought bone treats and raw hides are not necessarily the best for your Dances with Wolves Ranch dog. The companies that produce these treats often use chemicals and artificial flavoring that could cause your dog sickness ranging from vomiting to even death. It’s always best to consult your vet before choosing a chew product from the store.
Chewing to Keep Your Dog Healthy
However, some kinds of bones can be good for your Dances with Wolves Ranch dog. Chewing can help your dog maintain healthy teeth and distract him from chewing on things around the house. Raw meat bones from the butcher are the safest choice for a dog. Cow and bison bones tend to be the best choices, while pork bones and rib bones should be avoided. However, even with raw meat bones you still need to be cautious and supervise your dog closely while he chews. Make sure you never let him chew the bone into small splinters or chunks that he could choke on. Don’t let your dog chew on the bone for more than 15 minutes at a time and always refrigerate the bone before and afterwards.
In conclusion, while there are a few types of raw meat bones that can be okay for your dog to chew, the risk of serious injury typically outweighs any benefits your dog could get from chewing. Most vets generally agree that if you are uncertain, it’s best to just avoid bones and stick with vet-recommended chew toys and treats.
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