Are Raw Bones Safe For Dogs?
Tags: dogs, bones, raw, natural, diet, safe, dangerous
Comment 1: My dogs have been fed a raw diet, including raw knuckle bones for some years with no problems, until now. My youngest just got out of surgery late tonight. She had a very large piece of knuckle bone lodged in her lower esophagus, directly above her stomach. The internist tried for almost an hour to dislodge it via scoping, to no avail. The surgeon was called in to remove it by going in through her stomach. He tried two different tried and true methods to remove it. It wouldn't budge. He finally had to SAW the bone in two while it was still lodged in the esophagus. She is not out of the woods yet. There is a chance that scar tissue could prevent her from swallowing if we're not extremely careful. I never thought this could happen to any of my dogs as they had always done so well on them. This is a hard lesson learned; it only takes one time of this happening to potentially kill your Newf. The new case of bones I bought is now in the garbage. Never again will my dogs be allowed to have bones. Please don't put yourself or your dogs in the position of having to learn that bones are dangerous the hard way. It CAN happen to you too.
Quit Feeding Bones
Comment 2: I quit allowing my dogs to have bones a few years ago when I saw that they were able to break off large chunks. Brit would swallow the chunks ravenously, then get sick a day or two later. Fortunately, she was able to remove the pieces from her stomach when she upchucked. Banker chipped a tooth and pulled one out of alignment. Some dogs seem to gnaw leisurely, some chew intensely.
More Problems with Bones
Comment 3: We have also had problems with knuckle bones here in the past. They impacted at the colon on our little border collie mix and blocked him up. I noticed he was lethargic acting, was attempting to throw up or go to the bathroom and nothing was happening. He also was real shocky, his gums discolored, etc.. He felt tight in his torso, but wasn't onto full bloat yet. Took him to the vets office immediately. The vet probed his rectum with his finger and said.. oops, something is going on here. He tried a couple of times to give him an enema and nothing doing, he sedated him and managed to remove all the sharp bone fragments. I thought he was going to die. The vet had greased him up real good to get the parts out. For a week he just laid around and nasty bloody stool just ran out of his rear end. Not a lot of fun for any of us.
Another time one of our newfs had blood in his stool and passed some sharp
looking bone shards, from after he had a knuckle bone.
These were raw knuckle bones from the pet store. Needless to say, we don't feed bones any more.
Chicken Wing Bones Also
Comment 4: It is a raw feeder’s worst nightmare. I know someone who nearly lost a dog to a chicken wing bone so that is uppermost in my mind whenever I order anything for the dogs. I do not feed knucklebones. If you are totally shell-shocked by this you had better feed ground meat and bones (it comes prepackaged) or tripe w/esophagus then-- or go back to kibble. An all meat diet is not balanced; 50/50 is the ratio I try to stick to.
The bad experience didn’t stop me from feeding raw but it did make me very cautious about what type of bone to feed. I feed chicken necks or chicken backs as the staple meat. When I get bones for recreational chewing, I get large marrow bones sawed into 6-8” length. They cannot even get get chunks off of them (they are smooth) and they are almost too heavy to carry in their mouths for any distance. I usually have multiple available bones laying around and if someone gets too obsessive about chewing a bone, I remove them.
Most dogs are fine with such things 99% of the time but even once is too much. Dogs can even choke on pigs ears and rawhides or squeaky toys that are too small. Some dogs even eat gravel and rocks.
Cooking the Meat off the Bone
Comment 5: I was feeding my dog raw until a couple weeks ago when she threw up a small amount of fluid and a long jagged piece of chicken bone. YIPES! NOW I cook her meat and cut it off the bone.
That said, a couple nights ago I gave her a steak bone. now, she hasn't eaten a regular bone for some time and I thought she'd just enjoy cleaning the meat off the bone and then I'd take it away. Well, she just chomped this thing down in seconds flat. Scared the beegeezes out of me! She's still on a watch to be sure this comes through okay.
My question is this. WHAT do you watch for to know if your dog is having trouble with something she/he ate? I've heard of people (usually with labs) who have had several surgeries to remove rocks from their dog's stomachs. How in the world did they know it was down there?
If your dog eats something that you are concerned is too large for them - do you have them throw it back up - assuming the pipes going down are smaller than the intestines? I was researching this on-line the other night and couldn't find the answers to this. Basically all I could find was if your dog is having trouble get them to the vet. Is there something subtle to watch for? I'm not going to take my dog in every time she eats something to have her x-rayed if that isn't necessary.
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