You have stumbled upon a very controversial topic of the doggo universe. Since childhood, we have seen and watched dogs eating bones, in real and on television, respectively.
It is like a preset notion that has been conceptualized as a norm.
But are you aware of the fact that dogs can’t really digest bones?
It does not mean that they can’t eat bones at all; neither does it means that bones are a harmless food item for the dog.
It’s pretty much a grey area; let’s dig into it to find out more?.
So What’s This Really About?
A dog crushes the bone and swallows the piece.
Unlike humans, dogs don’t have their pieces digested and ground by saliva in the mouth; their digestion occurs in the stomach.
So when the dog eats a bone, there are chances of it getting into a dangerous situation.
Some dogs can easily digest the bones, but some need special care. It’s always the right option to consult the vet before serving.
Also, always ensure that your dog buddy eats his bone calmly instead of tearing it apart and swallowing it at once, causing internal injuries.
When It All May Go Wrong?
Let’s examine some situations where you offer a bone to your dog, and the problem may occur.
- Dogs have powerful jaws, but that does not imply at all that they can eat anything hard. Just like stones, bones can also be hard enough to rupture or dismantle the dog’s tooth leading it to chip or dislodge. It will be painful for the dog and expensive for the owner. This is a cautious area to play.
- There are times when dogs swallow big food items and get it stuck in their throat. Any such situation can cause an emergency medical crisis. Similarly, if a bone gets stuck, it may lead to throat block, limitation of breathing, and esophagus injury.
- Dogs’ stomach is acidic, having -1 pH level. So even if a food item has been reached to the stomach, it can still cause harm. If a bone is strong and sharp, the stomach shall work with strong acids to grind it in uneven speed levels, causing damage.
- Bones themselves can cause harm if cooked and hard. The broken pieces of the bones can scrap or pierce the intestines compromising the bloodstreams and so many other issues.
- A single piece of bone left undigested has chances of getting stuck in the dog’s rectum and cause trauma as it tries to pass out.
How To Know If Your Dog Is Choking?
Dogs choking on a bone are a common incident that happens, especially when the owner doesn’t know and give his dog a big cooked bone.
If your dog ends up choking, immediately try to get hold of your dog, take his tongue out, put your hand in, and try to remove the piece.
If not, then take him to the vet immediately.
In such cases, dogs usually can swallow the stuck piece eventually, but it can be a trouble if the piece is big.
What Bones Are The Safest To Give?
As mentioned earlier, some bones are fine for dogs.
These include raw, fresh, not cooked, and dried bones.
A fresh and raw bone is a bendy and springy one; hence it is easily digestible instead of cooked ones that are dried and hard.
These are edible for the dog and easily chewable instead of having sharped edges, causing harm.
Raw chicken, turkey, beef, or lamb bones are soft enough to chew, eat, and digest.
Some more bones include chicken wings, ribs, and even minced salmon.
You have to consider the following things before feeding your dog a bone.
- The size of the bone, the type, and the density
- The size of your dog, health and teeth condition, eating and chewing habits.
Some practices may help you to feed your dog.
- Never leave your dog alone while he chews on a bone, supervise him.
- Instead of giving him a full piece, chew it, or gnaw down the bone first, and then give it to him. It will be easier for the dog to chew.
- If your dog has any sorts of dental conditions, do not give him the bone at all.
- Don’t give bone marrow to a dog if his stomach is, naturally or conditionally, sensitive.