Many breeders believe that dogs must gnaw bones, because a stereotype has long been formed that cannot be destroyed. In fact, they can cause the death of a dog, and there are many similar examples.
The bones are dangerous to dogs
Despite the fact that the dog’s stomach is adapted to the digestion of bones, the benefits of them are minimal, because they are not of particular nutritional value. Many may disagree, because in nature, dogs bite into bones and live normally, but they live far less than domesticated pets, and crushing bones is one of the reasons for reducing the life span of animals. First of all, the breaking of bones contributes to the destruction of teeth, and here also damage to the enamel, leading to the development of caries, breaking off and grinding off teeth.
If swallowed, large debris can become stuck in the pharynx, blocking the airways and thus causing suffocation. Remove the fragment can only contact the vet.
Not all pets can boast of excellent work of the stomach, especially if there are problems with digestion or simply the pet has a full stomach. As a result, the gastric juice produced does not fully digest the bones, but rather does not soften them, and they, passing through the intestines, can injure it, and as a result there is constipation, diarrhea, in some cases with blood. But the most dangerous thing is if the walls of the intestines are punctured, then the consequences can be dire. A large shard caught in the stomach may not pass into the intestines at all. As a result, the dog begins to vomit, and the shard can only be removed by surgical intervention.
In most cases, the animal can be saved with a timely visit to the veterinarian, but then follows a long-term treatment and diet.
Why a dog can not chicken bones
The tubular bones of the birds are very sharp, getting into the stomach and intestines, they can injure the mucous membranes. Easy to paint into small pieces, chicken bones (especially boiled ones) can get stuck in their teeth, as a result, the pet will experience painful sensations while eating.
Of course, the bird grown on modern poultry farms is distinguished by soft meat and flexible bones, but there is still a risk of damage to the stomach and intestines.
In poultry farms, birds are kept without movement, as a result they suffer from bone inflammation. The infection penetrates the bones, so there is a risk that the dog will suffer from this infection. During heat treatment, microbes die, but after death they turn into toxins, as a result, large quantities of eaten bones can cause toxins poisoning, accompanied by diarrhea, weakness, and vomiting in dogs. Puppies, weakened dogs can even die from poisoning, t. K. A weakened body does not have enough strength to cope with the poisoning.
Can a dog have bones
You can give bones during the change of teeth (up to about 6.5 months) and occasionally adult dogs. Only they must be “correct”, namely, without sharp edges, with cartilage or with meat at both ends, and always raw. It is best to give the dog beef raw bones. When a dog nibbles on cartilage, it is better to select a bone, not allowing it to be completely nibbled.
An alternative are artificial chewing bones from cartilage, skin, tendons, which may well satisfy the pet’s need to nibble something. The assortment of toys is also huge, for example, cords, rubber bones.
Does the dog need bones?
Show bones are contraindicated in dogs, because K. Grinding down of teeth leads to a change in bite, and bite is also evaluated at exhibitions.
The development of the chewing muscles of certain breeds of dogs is influenced to a greater degree by proper physical exertion and heredity, rather than regular crushing of bones.
Bones partly contribute to the removal of tartar, but this is an insignificant plus sign in their favor against the background of other problems that arise as a result of their eating. For the prevention of tartar, there are special treats.
It is not necessary that the eaten bones will harm the health of the pet. There is simply a risk of complications after eating them, as every dog owner should remember. When it comes to the health of your beloved pet, it is better to eliminate the possible risks.