Are Bones Safe or Healthy for Dogs?

Dogs love chewing. They do it to clean their teeth, relieve stress and boredom, or just because they enjoy it. One of the best dog chew treats you can give them is a bone. From a young age, they learn how to gnaw on bones in order to get the nutrients inside. What’s more, those bones pack hours of entertainment for dogs that like to chew. But are bones safe and healthy for your dog? Here’s what you need to know about bone safety:

What kind of bone should I give my dog?

The best bones for dogs are small to medium size, solid, and not too hard or brittle. The ideal size is one that your dog can hold in his mouth while chewing but still large enough to be safe. Don’t give your dog one that’s too big or too small; the former could injure his jaw, while the latter will likely get swallowed whole (which isn’t good for him either).

In addition to these considerations when choosing a bone for your pup, it’s important to consider the type of bone you’re going with. A good rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t want to eat it yourself, don’t give it to your pup!

Raw bones are healthier for dogs than cooked bones.

  • Raw bones are healthier for dogs than cooked bones. Cooking makes bones brittle and more likely to splinter into sharp pieces, which can cause gastrointestinal problems. Raw bones are soft enough that they’re rarely broken into dangerous shards, they’re more digestible, and they may be swallowed whole. Cooked bones can also cause choking if the animal tries to swallow them whole or if you cut them up too small for your dog’s mouth size.
  • You should always supervise your pet when he eats any kind of bone—cooked or uncooked, big or small—and remove any uneaten pieces as soon as possible after he finishes eating them (especially if you feed raw meaty bones).

Bones can splinter and cause gastrointestinal problems.

If a bone splinters and becomes swallowed, it can cause gastrointestinal problems. If the bone is small enough to pass through your dog’s digestive system without being noticed, it will not cause any problems. The problem arises when a splinter remains lodged in the stomach or intestines of your dog.

Once lodged inside these organs, they may cause damage and require surgery to remove them. This can be very expensive and dangerous because if the splinter moves further into your dog’s body while they are under anesthesia they could suffer serious injuries that may affect their overall health and quality of life for years after surgery.

Beef bones are too hard and can damage your dog’s teeth.

  • Beef bones are too hard for dogs to chew.
  • Beef bones can damage your dog’s teeth and make it difficult for them to eat, which can lead to serious health problems.
  • There are a few simple signs you can use to determine whether a bone is safe for your dog: If the bone has been cooked and cooled, if it is already broken into smaller pieces, or if it has been pre-chewed by an adult animal (like a cow).

If you think that your dog might have swallowed something they shouldn’t have eaten, contact your vet immediately.

The long bones of chickens and turkeys can be dangerous.

Long bones are not as safe or healthy for dogs. The long bones of chickens and turkeys can be dangerous because they can splinter, causing intestinal damage. If you’re feeding your dog a diet that includes cooked chicken or turkey, make sure it’s boneless meat from a reputable source.

Longer-cooking meats like beef and pork are less likely to splinter than poultry, but they still present challenges when it comes to digestion. A study published by the American Journal of Veterinary Research found that dogs fed longer-cooking meats were more likely to develop gastrointestinal problems compared with those on raw diets or conventional dry foods.

The weight of a large bone may injure your dog’s jaw or spine.

While bones are a fun and natural treat for your dog, they can be dangerous if he doesn’t chew them properly. The weight of a large bone may injure your dog’s jaw or spine. Large bones such as ribs can be especially dangerous because they can splinter in the mouth and cause internal bleeding or blockage in the esophagus.

If you give your dog smaller bones, make sure that they are soft enough to chew through easily without breaking off into sharp pieces. Bones should also be shorter than the length of your pup’s head so that he doesn’t accidentally swallow them whole while playing with them.

Raw bones are better than cooked bones, but can still be dangerous.

While it’s true that raw bones are better than cooked ones, they can still cause damage to your dog. Raw bones are better because they have more calcium and minerals. Cooked bones may splinter and cause gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, diarrhea and excessive gas.

Long beef bones can also be dangerous for dogs because they can get stuck in their throats or intestines causing severe injury or death. Chicken wings are another example of a bone that might not be good for your pet; birds tend to have longer, thinner bones than other animals with smaller bodies (like cows), which could potentially become lodged in your dog’s throat if it were to swallow one whole without chewing it first.


Although raw bones are not a complete replacement for regular dog food, they can still provide some nutritional benefits. Additionally, they can prevent your dog from getting bored and chewing on other things in your home. However, bones should never be given to your dog without supervision because they have the potential to cause serious harm.