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Dog bones do’s and don’ts

Be careful with dog bones!

Dog bones Do's and Don'tsDomestic dogs are classified as omnivores as in the wild, they eat a variety of food. They hunt, generally small animals, and eat everything – muscle meat, bones, organs, other tissue and the digested vegetable material in the prey animal’s gut.  They also eat animal faeces and other organic material they can find.

Are dog bones good for your dog? Dogs need to chew for their dental care and exercise their jaw muscles. Raw bones can be both safe and healthy but be careful!  We have listed the do’s and don’ts of dog bones. 

There are edible bones and recreational bones.  Edible bones typically raw chicken wings, chicken and turkey necks provide calcium, phosphorus and trace minerals which can be an essential part of your pup’s balanced raw food.  When your dog chews on a raw recreational bone, especially a meaty one with cartilage and soft tissue still attached, his teeth get the equivalent of a good brushing and flossing.

However, bones can cause serious health problems according to Dr Christine Hawke from the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)’s dental health special interest group

‘Although bones are a popular treat used by many pet owners for dental care, they can cause some serious problems for our furry friends,

Common oral problems caused by bones can include broken teeth, and injuries to the gums and tongue. They can also cause constipation, blockages and food poisoning.’ she said.

Here are few dos and don’ts about dog bones

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Don’t..

Seek advice from a veterinarian about the appropriate diet for your dog.

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Source:
‘Health Management’, Delta Society of Australia
Vets say don’t give a dog a bone this Pet Dental Health Month‘ press release, AVA
RSPCA Knowledgebase
Dr Becker