10 Reasons Why it’s Bad Idea to Give Your Dog a Bone

10 Reasons Why it’s Bad Idea to Give Your Dog a Bone

  1. Broken teeth. This may call for expensive veterinary dentistry.
  2. Mouth or tongue injuries. These can be very bloody and messy and may require a trip to see your veterinarian.
  3. Bone gets looped around your dog’s jaw. This can be frightening or painful for your dog and potentially costly to you, as it usually means a trip to see your veterinarian.
  4. Bone gets stuck in esophagus, the tube that food travels through to reach the stomach. Your dog may gag, trying to bring the bone back up and you will need to see your veterinarian.
  5. Bone gets stuck in the windpipe. This may happen if your dog accidently inhales a small enough piece of bone. This is an emergency because your dog may have trouble breathing.
  6. Bone gets stuck in stomach. It went down fine, but the bone may be too big to pass out of the stomach and into the intestines. Depending on the bones size, your dog may need surgery to have it removed.
  7. Bone gets stuck in the intestines. This causes a blockage and surgery often has to be performed.
  8. Constipation due to bone fragments. Your dog may have a hard time passing the bone fragments because they are sharp and scrape the inside of the large intestine or rectum as they move along. This causes severe pain and may end up in a vet visit.
  9. Severe Bleeding from the rectum. This is very messy and can be dangerous – you will need to see the vet.
  10. Peritonitis. This is a very nasty and difficult to treat bacterial infection of the abdomen caused by bone fragments poking holes in the dogs stomach or intestines. This can kill.