Dogs and bones

Updated on February 15, 2021 in General Stuff
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I know the danger: the bone will splinter and the shards will puncture the intestine and your dog will die a slow and horrible death.  

I am skeptical of this claim, not because the danger doesn’t exist — I’m sure it does — but for these reasons:

1) dogs are nuts about bones, I think for the fun of gnawing and the reward of calcium in the bone itself and for the protein-rich marrow; I think they know what they are doing after 250,000 years of experience and that they have acid in their stomachs to help digestion and guard against this danger;

2) my own dog periodically shatters a bone as fast as possible and swallows the particles because he knows I will take it away from him just when he’s getting to the good part; he always digests with no distress; and

3) when I took my daughter’s dog to the vet in a panic because he had cracked, shattered and swallowed a Vietnamese-cooked chicken bone to keep me from taking it, the vet said, “Not only is he okay, but I have never in 25 years had a dog die from eating a bone.”

What is your theory and your practice?  Yes, I have tried buying the big bones that he can’t break and swallow, but he isn’t interested.  

 
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Having been around dogs my whole life and occasionally on the angry teeth end, I’m pretty sure most of them (at least the ones bigger than a teacup) are just this side of bullet proof. Like most everything these days a couple weeks from 60 that seems to have morphed into something unrecognizable recently, I’m not buying it.

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I’m between dogs right now, but my last two (Duke and Lucky) did fine with big bones. The only ones I gave them were the big cow femurs bought special. Never any small bones.

They seemed to really enjoy them, and never seemed to have any trouble chewing them up.

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When we had our last dog—a boxer/amstaff mix—cremated we had a ceremony to spread his ashes around our place; especially on our roses. So there we are, having a teary-eyed experience, and bits of sawzall blade, wood screws, and copper wire are falling out onto our rose mound. Some dogs can eat damn near anything. That dog, sweet as he was, destroyed 4 crates before we finally gave up on trying to use them.

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