What Do You Need To Know About My Dogs Bones?
Bones are a good source of minerals and other nutrients and help satisfy your dog’s appetite. Chewing stimulates saliva enzymes and helps prevent plaque buildup on teeth and gum disease. And a dog chewing on a dog bone is less inclined to excessively scratch or lick his paws.
- Don’t give your dog the wrong kind of bone.
- Don’t give you dog cooked bones of any kind.
- Don’t let your dog chew any kind of bone into small pieces. Don’t give your dog chunks of bone that can cause blockages.
- Don’t give your dog a bone if he has stomach problems.
- Don’t give your dog a bone to chew on if there’s another dog visiting.
The benefits of bones
Besides being a source of entertainment, bones provide dogs with a healthy chewing outlet to stop them from chewing on items and furniture within the home. Chewing can be a form of stress relief and a way to release excess energy.
Gnawing on dog bones on a regular basis can help remove plaque from teeth and control the level of tartar in the mouth. This also stimulates gums which helps stave off gum disease. For puppies who are still developing, chewing can help relieve the pain and discomfort of teething. Routine chewing on bones and other toys is a healthy dental habit that can prevent costly visits to the vet.
Gengral safety guidelinges for dog bones
When in doubt about a bone toy for your dog, ask a vet. As mentioned, they will have the most up-to-date information on what the safest options are and point you in the right direction.It’s also important to note — sometimes it’s ok to buy fake. Fake bones provide just as much fun and exercise as real bone, without the worries associated with them. These bones will usually be made of plastic and will have information on their tags.
A good rule of thumb is to always give your dog a bone longer than their muzzle. A beef shank is a great option for large dog breeds.Remember, never leave your dog alone while they are playing with a bone. Let them play for 10-20 minutes, then put it away until the next play session — too much wear and tear all at once can break the bone down quickly as it gets saturated in saliva.Lastly, toss a used bone in the trash after about two weeks. Sometimes you’ll have to do this sooner if it’s starting to look well-played with. This helps to prevent shattering.
What to do if my dog gets a bad bone?
If you catch your dog eating a bone from human food, stay calm. Getting worked up will put unnecessary stress on your dog and could lead to further implications.Try to take the bone away from your pup if there is any left. Especially with toys and food like this, they may be reluctant and attempt to eat it all at once. If this happens, take a deep breath and call your vet.
Pending their instructions, monitor your dog for 72 hours. Check their stool for pieces of the bone and if none are present, take your dog to the vet to be sure no bits are stuck in their gastrointestinal tract.
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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.