Safe dog bones can provide a dog with many hours of stimulation and enjoyment. Here's how to choose one that won't compromise dog safety. It can be a great stress reliever for a nervous or anxious dog. Like humans, dogs get bored and chewing on a bone keeps them active and out of trouble. Unfortunately, not every bone is safe for a dog to chew on. Some bones can splinter and fragment and increase the risk of mouth injury, choking, or a life threatening intestinal injury. The key to keeping a dog healthy and happy while chewing is to choose a safe dog bone and keep a watchful eye while he chews. Here are some dog safety tips for choosing safe dog bones.
Safe Dog Bones are Size Appropriate
A large dog with a large mouth shouldn’t be given a small bone that can be swallowed whole. When swallowed, a small bone can lodge in the intestinal wall leading to a life threatening intestinal obstruction. A large dog needs a bone that won’t fit completely into his mouth so the risk of accidental swallowing is reduced.
A Small dog will readily chew on a large bone but NW Naturals does provide 3 different sizes of femurs, 1”, 2” and 4” to fit your dogs size. NOTE: If you have large and small dogs please make sure you do not leave small bones out for large dogs to find.
Dog Safety: Consider the TextureA safe dog bone is one that doesn’t splinter or fragment into small pieces that can lodge in the throat or injure the inside of the mouth or tongue. Bones that splinter can also lead to an intestinal injury. This is why dogs shouldn’t be given cooked chicken bones, cooked beef bones or cooked pork bones.
What about Raw, Meaty Bones?This is a controversial topic. Some veterinarians see no harm in a dog chewing on a meaty, hard bone from the butcher shop, while others believe there’s still a risk of injury. A raw bone should never be cooked, and, for safety purposes, a knuckle bone or femur bone is best since it will splinter less easily. Most dogs enjoy these natural bones and they’re great for improving teeth, adding protein essential fatty acids and gum health.
Dog Safety: Supervision is ImportantEven if a dog is given a safe bone, he should always be supervised when chewing. Watch for signs of distress such as gagging, vomiting, or panting when a dog is chewing. Be prepared to check a chewing dog’s mouth for bone fragments or even perform the Heimlich maneuver should airway obstruction occur. It could be lifesaving.
Safe dog bones can give a dog many hours of pleasure and stimulation, but choose them wisely to avoid injury. Dog safety should always be a priority.