I’ve fed my dog raw chicken and turkey bones for a few years, and I’ve always been slightly nervous about it.
oh my god. i just purchased a DOG bone for my dog – i know to watch him and usually it takes him a couple hours to break it up – hes an 85 lb pitbull – i turned my head for seriously 2 minutes and he had EATEN over half of the bone.
this is SO untrue. My dog 4yr old died from ruptured intestines from getting in the garbage and eating bones. Just because your dogs passed them fine doesnt mean its good for them.
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I always advise against giving dogs poultry or fish bones
Even though this is not directly addressed in this myth, I want to remind the readers that if a farm dog or coyote is x-rayed and has bone in its stomach and intestine, the presence of the bone does NOT mean that there are punctures, splinters, etc. All this means is that the animal ingested bones. It would be worthwhile to know how these farm dogs and coyotes were diagnosed as having bone fragments and splintering bones as their main problem, since the majority of conventional veterinarians will see bones and immediately blame the bones for the problem even if the bones are not the problem (this just demonstrates how ingrained the "bones = bad" train of thought is). Several raw feeders on the Yahoo! Rawfeeding list have experienced this veterinary oversight with their own dogs when the ingested bone was not at all related to the problem for which the dog was presented to the vet, and yet the bone was immediately blamed. The presence of bone fragments and splinters simply means the animal ingested bone.Bones may not pass as quickly as the food, but they generally are quickly turned into soft, putty like 'bone fragments' by the acids of the stomach. Digested food may not protect the lining of the stomach from sharp objects. Just another reason NOT to feed COOKED bones. I have watched dogs eat raw bones quite a few times, and the chunks they break off to chew and eat rarely have very sharp edges for puncturing. The edges generally are uneven but dull; any pieces that do have sharp edges are often left behind by the dog. Only very rarely does a bone fragment come out the other end relatively undigested; if this occurs, it usually occurs in dogs that are new to the diet.Yes, there is a risk. There is a risk to EVERYTHING, whether we like it or not. NOTHING in life, including our dogs' lives, is risk free, plain and simple. Those who feed their dogs raw meaty bones as part of a species-appropriate diet feel that the risks of feeding commercial food or cooked food for their animals' lifetimes far outweigh the risks of feeding raw meaty bones. This is a personal decision that everyone has to make; no one is going to make it for you, and it is up to you to educate yourself about the risks associated with each diet. Please keep in mind that kibble also is not a perfectly safe food like people wish you to believe. Once again, the deaths associated with Diamond pet foods comes to mind. Little did those people know that their pets' "safe" commercial food could cause them a horrifically premature death.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.