What Bones Can Dogs Eat?

The reason why dogs eat bones is very simple: their ancestors, wolves, foxes and jackals, had the instinct to tear their prey and herd even the smallest piece of meat that they had attached to their bodies.

A gesture that they maintained when, eight million years ago, they evolved into the animal that they are today, and began to hunt in packs to be able to give a good account of animals much larger than themselves.

Although they have very little left of those first wild dogs, the truth is that dogs continue to enjoy biting, gnawing and licking all kinds of bones.

But is it good for them to eat bones? What bones can dogs eat?

Let’s see what the experts say about it.

Can my dog ​​eat bones?

Taking into account the evolutionary theory validated by the Department of Biology of UNAL (National University of Colombia), there is no reason not to give your dog bones.

This does not mean that you can give him any bone, since there are several bones that present risks to the health of your furry, and they would enter into the prohibited foods for dogs.

For this, it is important that we know the different types of bones that a dog can eat.

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What bones can dogs eat?

Some of the most interesting bones for canine consumption are:

Duck neck

Ducks neck bones are the most recommended for several reasons. The first and most important is because, when broken, they break cleanly and do not splinter.

The second, by a large number of nutrients it houses both in cartilage and in the medulla.

Femur and cow knee

The most recommended beef bones are the femur and the knee. Two areas full of meat and that has cartilage of the most interesting at a nutritional level.

Pig’s knee

The pig’s knee is another ideal bone to feed your dog, both due to the presence of remains of meat inside and due to its ample cartilage.

Large chicken bones

When giving chicken bones to your dog you must be very careful, since some, such as those of the thighs, contain pointed pieces that can pierce or damage his intestine.

Others like the ones on the trunk are, however, completely safe.

Large lamb bones

As with chicken, when giving your dog lamb bones remember to only offer large pieces such as the neck or skirt.

Also give them raw, since when cooked they can present splinters.

Remember: In case you have doubts about how to make bones for dogs, never cook them.

There are many of you who have written to us asking if dogs can eat rib bones.

Well, the answer is clear: NO, since it is a bone element that, when perforated, tends to disintegrate into sharp fragments that can cause gastrointestinal problems of various degrees.

In addition to the pork rib, Other dangerous bones for dogs are:

  • Chicken neck bones.
  • Turkey neck bones.
  • Cooked lamb bones.
  • Cooked beef bones.

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What types of bones can a small dog eat?

If choosing a bone for a dog is a delicate matter, it is even more so if it is a small or miniature dog.

If this is the case with your four-legged friend, you have to know that the most recommended are chicken carcasses and wings, yes, as long as you remove the fibula and eat them in front of you.

Bones are in the top 1 of dog accessory lists, so other bones you can give him to entertain him with are the scapula of a cow and the breast of a calf.

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How many bones can a dog eat?

The answer to the question of how many bones a dog should eat is: it depends. First of all, of the food that you give him since if it already contains crushed bone, it will be enough for you to offer him some bone for recreational purposes.

In the event that you are the one who prepares your menu, avoid giving more than 20% of his food in the form of bone to make him want to eat foods with fiber, keys to avoid constipation.

Taking into account how many times your dog should eat a day, and in an orderly way, Ideally, you should give them one bone a day or, if they are small, two, either incorporated into your food plate or part of it.

In case you have doubts about whether or not to give your furry a bone, consult your vet. No one is better than him to tell you what is best for your four-legged friend.

What is your furry’s favorite bone? We read you in the comments.


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