Since childhood, we seem to picture – a dog with a bone in his teeth. How many dogs this stereotype cost us life.
Since childhood, we seem to picture – a dog with a bone in his teeth. How many to dogs this stereotype of ours was worth living.
Even among dog breeders, one can often hear the opinion that dogs need to be given bones – to sharpen their teeth. Only rodents sharpen their teeth, because they have grown their whole life. Dogs do not know how to sharpen their teeth – this is how nature created them. But to grind off, to break a tooth, to scratch the tooth enamel, gnawing bones, it will happen.
Puppies’ milk teeth change to permanent between the ages of 3.5 to 6.5 months. Permanent teeth remain for life and never change. And how long they can serve the dog, staying healthy, depends on heredity, as well as on its feeding. If there are bones in the diet, then at the age of 6-8 years, instead of her teeth, she will have small "penechki".
As for fans of wide faces in dogs such as pitas, staffs, rottweilers, etc. And the opinions that only bones can develop chewing muscles to bodybuilding relief, I will say it again: first of all heredity and general physical training of the dog. And if you really want your dog to constantly chew on something, buy her gelatinous bone or smoked pig’s ear. If your possibilities are not limited and you like bloodthirsty scenes, then the whole limb of a calf or ram along with the meat will enable the dog to tear off pieces of meat, but not to gnaw the bones.
A more serious danger when eating bones is injury to the stomach and intestines. The fact is that the bones are not digested in the intestines of the dog and, passing in transit, injure the mucous membrane in its path. As a rule, diarrhea or constipation is observed in dogs after devouring a large number of bones. Both are disturbed bowels.
Often dogs swallow large, sharp pieces of bones, and this can lead to more serious complications:
- Bone can get stuck in the throat. You can only pull it out under anesthesia, and sometimes you have to resort to surgical methods. But this happens infrequently.
- Bone cannot escape from the stomach into the intestine, causing constant vomiting. Save the dog can only surgery.
- The bone is stuck in the intestines, causing obstruction and trauma to the intestine, up to its perforation. Perhaps this is the most dangerous, what can feed the bones. The treatment is only surgical. After determining the place of an obstacle with the help of roentgenoscopy with a contrasting substance, a rather complicated operation is performed – bowel resection. After the operation, the dog has to be on a strict diet for a long time, it will not return to normal life soon.
- Fragments of the bones reach the large intestine, are compressed, and the dog cannot properly empty the intestines. The animal adopts an appropriate posture, squeals, drops of blood may appear. Cleansing enema with oil helps in most cases, then again a strict diet for several days. This is the most common complication after feeding the dog with bones.
Dear dog breeders, I hope that this very succinct story is enough for you to spare your pets, your nerves and money and never give dogs any bones.
Well, now, at first glance, a more fun story.
Wonderful woman, cheerful, sociable mistress of two such charming dogs of different breeds. These dogs are very fat. They are still young, so they have no diseases associated with obesity. But. Wanting to prevent their occurrence, I wondered how and what she fed them. The story turned out very lengthy, from which it follows that they eat very little and only very good products. After two months of persistent persuasion to transfer the dogs to lightweight dry food, I won. After a month of feeding light food, I meet all the same "donuts". What’s the matter? I go to visit and see bowls of salads all over the apartment "Russian salad", chicken with mayonnaise and other goodies. That is, the hostess in the morning in good faith gives the dogs dry, lightweight food and with a sense of accomplishment, all day they treat them to various treats. It’s a shame, because it all ends very sadly.
There are a lot of similar cases, people believe that a happy dog life is eating 24 hours a day. Inattention to your own dog can not be replaced by a piece of cake or boiled pork. The dog is a full member of your family. She needs your attention, love and care, she needs communication, and this cannot be replaced by food. A healthy adult dog cannot fully digest food more than twice a day. This may be a special dog food that is appropriate for the breed, age and lifestyle. In my experience, the best feeds are: Eagle, Eukanuba, Purina Pro Plan, Royal Canin, Pedigree Advance Formula. Ordinary food can also be: meat (beef, lamb, horsemeat, chicken, and only heat-treated chicken), cereals (buckwheat, rice, oatmeal, wheat, corn). Of cereals can not give semolina, barley and millet. It is also unacceptable to feed dogs with feed for farm animals – pigs, cows, birds. This is not the same as dry dog food! Required lactic acid products – cottage cheese, ryazhenka, atsedofilnoe milk, etc. Vegetables and fruits in small quantities are also necessary for dogs.
Much has been said and written about the dangers of chocolate and other sweets, but you can often hear: "Yes, we know that it is impossible to give, but a small piece can". It is impossible! The same can be said about sausages, balyk, pork and other smoked meats. A sick stomach, intestines, liver, obesity, eczema, and dermatitis are all a consequence of improper feeding.
Beidik O. A., Head Doctor
veterinary salon "Good God"