Dogs and bones: it seems like a natural pairing. That’s why so many comic strips and movies feature dogs gnawing on juicy bones. But in reality, bones can present health and safety hazards for your dog.
Chewing is a natural dog behavior, and there are safe dog chews available. In fact, dog chews can provide mental stimulation and keep your dog’s teeth clean. But before you hand over any old bone, read on to learn about what is safe for dogs.
Left-over dinner bones are not recommended for home dental care because they are so hard they can break teeth. Especially cooked bones.
Most people know that cooked chicken bones are bad for dogs. In fact, cooked bones of any kind can be dangerous because they break and splinter into small, sharp pieces that can cut your dog’s mouth and digestive organs. Shards of bone can cause a number of health problems, including:
- Mouth and tongue lacerations
- Broken teeth
- Cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Severe constipation
- An intestinal blockage that may require surgery
The safest bet is to never give your dog a bone from the family dinner. Even cooked beef bones can break into dangerous pieces. In addition to being dangerous, cooked bones aren’t as healthy as other bones because the cooking process strips them of many of their beneficial nutrients.
Many dog owners choose commercially-sold chews for their convenience and safety. Greenie dental chews, which are approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council, are satisfying and 100% digestible chews that satisfy your dog’s urge to chew while also supporting their dental health.
Another option is C.E.T Chews. C.E.T Chews are made from beef hide and reduce plaque and tartar helping keep teeth clean and breath fresh, even on days when brushing isn’t possible. We have a variety of chews in different sizes that will satisfy your dog’s craving, spare your furniture, and clean their teeth. Come in and take a look!