Many owners of four-legged pets are firmly convinced that the bones of the pig should be in the diet of any dog. However, is it possible to feed them without fear?
This article will tell you in detail about the damage that bones can cause, how they can be given, and what should not, and what to do if a dog has eaten forbidden delicacies and does not feel well.
Any dog eats pork and any other bones with pleasure. That is why the owner should carefully monitor what goes into the bowl of his pet and know what problems arise after the wrong diet.
Giving leftover pigs is not recommended for the following reasons:
- Thermally unprocessed pork may contain parasite eggs that will be given to the dog. The most common are pork tapeworm, trichinosis and echinococcosis.
- Pork is a fatty product. Regularly eating bones with leftover meat and fat, a dog may acquire health problems.
- Bones can cause digestive problems.
You should also consider the possible mechanical damage to the stomach. If the animal does not fully crack the bones, swallowing their sharp stumps, they can stick into the walls of the internal organs, causing bleeding and pain.
Feed or not?
Pork bones contain many beneficial nutrients, such as calcium, minerals, enzymes and fats. All of them have a positive effect on the health of the dog. In addition, when a dog nibbles it, it benefits its teeth and gums.
However, the owner should still refrain from feeding the pork bones. Despite the alleged benefit, the harm of this “delicacy” negates all the positive aspects.
What are better ribs or others?
What parts of the pig give better? The answer to this question will be incorrect, since any part of the carcass of this animal will bring harm to your pet, be it ribs or other bones. It doesn’t matter whether it was thermally processed or served raw — in either case, it can cause problems in the pet’s body.
Boiled or raw?
Boiled bones, no matter whether they are pigs or any others, cannot be given to a pet. After use, they are dumped in the digestive tract of the animal into a very dense mass and clog the intestines.
This can cause not only constipation, but also complete obstruction. In severe cases, it will be impossible to solve the problem without surgery.
How to give?
If the owner decided to disregard the rules and give the pet a pig bone, he should follow the basic rules that will reduce the likelihood of problems:
- They should be given only after the main feeding. If the dog is hungry, he may pounce too actively on the treat and choke or chew badly, which will result in too large pieces getting into the throat.
- It should be ensured that the pig bone does not have sharp edges or log cabins. It will be better if it ends on both sides with cartilage.
- The smaller the breed of dog, the less should be a treat.
- The bone should be fresh and uncooked. It is not necessary to give your pet a product of dubious freshness.
What if eaten?
The first thing a dog can do is eating pork bones and experiencing discomfort – refuse food.
Other symptoms of intestinal damage:
- The animal moves a little, avoid taking painful poses;
- When pressed on the stomach is experiencing pain and whining;
- Vomiting occurs;
- In severe cases, the pet can not stand up.
Damage to the internal walls of the digestive tract is indicated by blood in the stool or vomiting.
If the dog ate swine bones, to prevent unwanted problems in the body will help:
- Diet. The next 3-4 days of the animal should be transferred to a light diet. Liquid food will help not to overload the intestines and will create the optimal condition for the release of bones.
- Motion. Active walks will improve gastrointestinal motility.
- Vaseline oil. Give 2-3 ml for a small dog, 10-12 for an average dog and 20-25 for a large dog every 12 hours. The substance will lubricate the intestinal wall and will help push through stagnant food.
If within 3-4 days after the dog has had a bite to the bone, the condition has not worsened, it means that she has managed to digest the food.
However, in the case when the dog lost his appetite and vigor, and also stopped going to the toilet – you should contact your veterinarian. Probably in the intestine formed a cork of the eaten.
An enema can help with constipation after pig bones in a dog. It is possible to wash the intestines with ordinary tap water at a comfortable temperature (29-31 degrees).
Using the syringe, the fluid is injected into the rectum of the animal. Water can be replaced with vaseline oil. For a dog weighing more than 45 kg it will take 1 cup, for small breeds – 2-3 spoons.
If the pet cannot move independently, do not force it to get up or try to move it yourself. You can transport an animal only on a stretcher that you can build yourself from scrap items.
In the midst of the change of milk teeth to permanent young puppy in age from 3 to 6 months can begin to nibble furniture legs.
Despite the variety of breeds and sizes of pets, giving pig bones is not recommended for absolutely all dogs. It does not matter whether a big dog or a small one, the use of this product can lead to infection, as well as to the formation of intestinal obstruction.
The smaller the breed, the more likely the dog will not be able to digest the bone.
What to replace?
A dog who is on a natural diet should regularly nibble something. This will help to clean the teeth. However, you can spoil your pet no more than 2-3 times a month.
Small dogs fit chicken neck, keels or ridges. Psam bigger – beef tibia or forearm. Large animals like mastiffs or dogs are goats, cow or sheep ribs, and pelvic parts.
There is a stereotypical opinion among people that a dog has long been a wild animal that ate solid food and bones as well. But few people think that the ancestors of these pets lived much less and often died from various diseases, including those caused by unhealthy diets.
The task of a caring owner is to protect the pet from harmful products, which include pig bones. The more attention will be paid to the dog’s diet, the better it will feel.