Feeding Bones to Your Dog
Feeding bones to dogs is controversial. Evidence suggests chewing bones is good for dogs in some ways, yet bad in other ways.
- Bones are a natural source of calcium and phosphorus.
- Chewing stimulates the jaw and prevents boredom.
- Bones can break teeth and cause damage to the enamel.
- Cooked bones are brittle and splinter. Splinters can perforate the intestines.
- Type of bones: Raw bones don't splinter, but may contain bacteria that cause diarrhea and illness.
- Never feed raw pork, with or without bones.
- Work with a holistic veterinarian to determine what's best for your pet.