Our canine companions love bones. Should they have them?
Our canine companions love them. Should they have them?
Bones are not a good choice for our canine friends: Bones cause fractured teeth and enamel. Digested bones cause constipation or painful bowel obstructions. Some bones can splinter, and marrow bones can get caught over your pooch’s lower jaw. Chicken, pork, and fish bones are always a bad choice. If you must give a bone then chose a large beef leg bone or knuckle bone as an alternative. You should be aware that even “safe” bones will cause the teeth to be worn down to the pulp.
Other toys that can cause serious problems for your dog:
- Plastic Flying Disks (Fractured and worn teeth)
- Hard rubber balls (Airway obstruction when caught by dog)
- Soft rubber balls or tennis balls (Intestinal obstruction when swallowed)
- Rawhide chew sticks (Obstruction if swallowed whole)
- We recommend all Kong® products, but be sure to pick appropriate sizes. Dogs playing with Kong products can be "Kong-ked" in the eye, especially when swinging Kong-on-a-rope or they may be accidentally struck by an over-zealous toss.
- The basic Kong® is great. It is a good chew item for strengthening jaws and gums
- Treats - e.g, peanut butter or nutritious treats can be placed inside the Kong® to keep your dog busy.
- Nylabone® products
- Cordura® nylon flying disks