Animal Bones: Something natural or posing a great risk?
Many people associate dogs and bones. Dogs have been fed scraps since times immemorial. This naturally includes bones. As tasty meat is left on the bone, dogs love gnawing and can spend hours until even the last bit of meat has disappeared.
This is a fact that still prompts people to give bones to dogs, and that in times where dogs as companion animals are no longer fed scraps from the table but are fed their own healthy food.
Unfortunately, feeding bones is not without risk. Raw pig bones can carry the virus of Aujezky’s disease which can be lethal in dogs. But other animal bones can pose a great risk too. Bones may splinter when the dog chews them and cause injury. This a particular risk in case of poultry and rabbit bones, but even cow bones can splinter when attacked by strong dog jaws. If the dog eats the bone he is often unable to digest it. Small bone segments can remain in the stomach or cause severe constipation or even life threatening bowel obstructions in the intestines. In such cases, emergency surgery is often the only option to save the dog’s life. Of course, there are dogs who have been eating bones all the their life without any problems, but even then there is the risk of bone segments in the stomach or the intestines reaching critical mass or the digestive system becoming less efficient and the complications mentioned earlier surface after all.
For this reason, bones should only be given to keep a dog occupied as a chew toy, not as food. Observe your dog closely when he gnaws on a bone. As soon as he starts biting the bone, you should remove the bone. It would be safer to avail of the large range of raw hide bones available. These bones are just as tasty and can usually be given without risk. Your local Maxi Zoo store stocks a wide variety of real and artificial bones for your pooch. Call in today to choose yours!