Can dogs have steak bones?
Every dog would enjoy sinking its teeth into a bone. Chewing bones is an enjoyable pastime for a dog. A dog would find the task of removing tiny scraps of meat from the bone challenging. When the bone breaks, the dog will get its reward…the delicious and highly nutritious bone marrow. Are you the type of owner that will support the bone gnawing habit of the pet? Would you go out of your way to get bones from the meat shop every week? Would you scrape the meat from your steak and give the bone to the pet?
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The bone gnawing habit of the dog
Chewing bones is an inherent habit of dogs. Dogs and bones go hand in hand. Notice how dogs are always depicted in drawings chewing or burying bones. Our four legged companions have descended from wolves. In the wild, wolves would consume the meat as well as the bones of the prey. Wolves that are born in captivity are in fact allowed to gnaw bones in preparation for the time when they will be returned to their natural habitat. Modern day dogs don’t need to hunt to survive. Dog owners make sure that the pet is regularly provided with food. Chewing bones though is an ingrained habit. Dogs would chew bones whenever they have a chance.
Do dogs gain benefits from chewing bones?
Bones are excellent sources of nutrients essential to the maintenance of the health of the pet. Bones are rich in protein and calcium. Dog owners provide the pet with bones to chew to supplement a commercially manufactured diet that contains mostly carbohydrates. Chewing bones not only strengthens the jaws and gums of the dog. It is also a stress-free procedure of maintaining the dental health of the pet. Pet owners have learned that by providing the pet a bone to chew the attention of the pet will be focused on the bone thereby stopping the dog from manifesting destructive habits.
Potential dangers of bones
Dog experts agree that there are benefits in giving the dog a bone to chew. Vets may even recommend the giving of bones to the dog. Some dogs would not develop bone chewing related problems. Other dogs certainly can. The potential dangers from this activity would depend on the kind of bones given to the pet. Should dog owners give steak bones to the pet? T-bone steak bones can splinter when chewed by the dog. Sharp pieces can injure the mouth, get stuck in the esophagus or puncture the walls of the stomach and the intestines. Round steak bones can get stuck in the lower part of the jaw. A dog does not have the hand to remove the bone thus it will panic. These are emergency situations. Medical attention will be necessary to remove the bones. The dog may have to undergo surgery especially if is already passing blooded stool – a sign that a sharp bone has managed to puncture the stomach or the intestines. Small pieces of bones can create a blockage that would result to defecating difficulties. Dogs can have bones but an owner has to choose the kind of bones that must be given to the pet.
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