My vet told me raw chicken and beef bones are fine, but NEVER give cooked bones as they splinter and can cause harm to the dog.
· Cooked fish and poultry bones. Any bone that breaks into sharp shards is dangerous for your dog. This kind of cooked bone generally presents not only a choking hazard to dogs but a splintering risk as well. Never feed cooked fish, chicken, or beef bones as they can easily splinter, damaging his gums, teeth, and throat; causing pain and even potential injury. If your dog swallows the shards from these cooked bones, he also runs the risk of internal injury.
Fortunately . One is boar bones. These tend to be a bit on the solid side and don’t crack nearly as easily as, say, a lamb shank. Another would be a beef or cow femur. These are actually bigger bones, and you also must be careful here as the femurs can be quite hard leading to cracked teeth in your dog if they’re a more aggressive chewer. Beef femurs are really more for larger dogs.
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We've all heard the saying, 'Don't feed your dog chicken bones!' But really, feeding any cooked bone to your dog is dangerous because cooked bones may splinter and damage the stomach and intestines. Raw bones do not normally splinter. Many pets enjoy chewing raw chicken or turkey necks and raw chicken wings that are free of salmonella and other bacteria. Raw beef knuckle bones are also delicious treats. Work with your holistic veterinarian to do what is best for your individual pet.It is important that dogs just don’t gulp down large bony pieces. Dogs can easily digest larger raw chicken bones, but large pieces of denser beef bones may get stuck halfway through the bowel and require medical attention. Normally, a dog will slowly chew or break the raw bone into small pieces that are easily digested. Dogs that want to gulp and swallow big bony pieces may be better candidates for chicken necks, thighs, and wings. Poultry bones are lighter, less dense, and can be easily digested even when swallowed whole!You’ve noticed by now that I feed and recommend raw meaty bones. That’s because hard and brittle, baked or barbecued bones can result in broken teeth or punctures to soft tubes like the esophagus or intestines. Those big, baked circular beef leg bones (femurs) available at pet stores can fracture the shearing carnassial teeth or get stuck on the lower jaw. A cooked rib bone or stick can become lodged between the teeth of the upper jaw, causing a dog to paw at their mouth. At the risk of repeating myself, I feed and recommend raw meaty bones. (I cringe when my nephew feeds his dogs cooked rib bones! So far he hasn’t had problems, but his German Wirehair Pointers do completely mash up the cooked rib bones. I don’t condone this practice, but know that many dogs are fed cooked rib bones.) A hard, brittle, baked or barbecued turkey leg can splinter and pierce soft tissues. There is a huge difference between raw bones and baked or barbecued bones. Raw bones are the natural food of dogs and the reason their teeth have evolved to be the shearing and chewing machines they are. I’m always amazed how dogs that have never chewed on bones instinctively know what to do! It seems to make them so happy!Imagine my shock when I read about the dangers of beef bones and beef dog food in Dr. Pitcairn's book, Complete guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.