Can Dogs Eat Cooked Bones?

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. July 4, 2017
Can Dogs Eat Cooked Bones?

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If you want to start creating a homemade diet for your dog but have a lot of doubts, especially related to bones and cooking food properly - don't worry. This is very common, so AnimalWised are here to help you out. We will answer your concerns surrounding bones and whether they may stimulate any health problems.

Keep reading to find out the answer to: can dogs eat cooked bones? Of course, do not forget that you can always consult with your vet all the doubts related to feeding your dog.

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Raw or cooked bones for dogs? Or neither?

It is very important to make it clear that cooked bones are dangerous for our dogs, as they can lead to an intestinal perforation or an obstruction in the throat. This is mainly because during the cooking process the bones break, causing the walls of the digestive system to splinter and damage. Apart from being harmful, cooked bones have lost all the nutrients they could provide during the cooking process.

Instead, we can offer raw bones - a healthy food that provides calcium, phosphorus and minerals. In addition they usually charm them by their flavor and the entertainment that they provide when chewing. The recommended consumption of raw bones is around once a week and you can offer it directly or shredded with in a meat grinder.

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Bones? - Raw or cooked bones for dogs? Or neither?

What happens if I give my dog cooked bones?

For generations humans have offered bones to our dogs, both raw and cooked, and although sometimes this has not negatively affected their health, in other cases it has caused serious injuries. Here are some of the dangers of offering boiled bones to a dog:

  • Broken teeth.
  • Obstruction in the trachea, in which case we will notice difficulty breathing or coughing.
  • Peritonitis.
  • Injuries and perforation in gums, tongue, esophagus, stomach, intestines and rectum.
  • Tears.
  • Constipation and bloody stools.

If you have offered a cooked bone to your dog and you notice any symptom of discomfort or weird behavior, do not hesitate to go to your veterinarian. Remember that any of the problems mentioned above are serious and can cause the death of your dog if they are not treated on time.

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Bones? - What happens if I give my dog cooked bones?

What are the best bones for dogs?

If you are thinking of starting your dog on raw diets, ie BARF or ACBA, it will be very important that you know the most recommended bones. Here we explain what they are, do not forget that they all must be offered raw and with meat - not bare bones:

  • Chicken neck
  • Turkey neck
  • Lamb's neck
  • Chicken carcass
  • Chicken wings (chopped)
  • Drumstick
  • Cow knee
  • Ox knee
  • Cartilage of the chicken breast
  • Hambone
  • Bison's femur
  • Whole veal ribs
  • Calf elbow

Do not forget that whenever you offer bones to your dog you must monitor them while they eat so that you can act quickly if they choke or develop a mouth sore. It is also essential to get fresh and quality food. Don't miss our article on how to make your own homemade bone for your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Bones? - What are the best bones for dogs?

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Scott McDaniel
I asked a Veterinarian this question and his answer was " have you every seen a dog cooking on a bar-b-que? "
I think that pretty much says it all
Administrador AnimalWised
Ha, this is a very succinct way of putting it.
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