Be Careful with Letting Dogs Eat Beef Bones

Beef bones could be safe for dogs to chew and gnaw at as long as it’s not cooked and it’s a large piece of bone that won’t easily splinter. You should never let your dog chew on a beef bone unsupervised. You should also avoid letting your dog chew a beef bone for an extended period of time. The bone will eventually wear down and may splinter.

What happens if my dog eats a beef bone?

The safety risk will depend on a number of factors such as whether the beef bone is cooked and for how long the beef bone was being chewed for. While they aren’t toxic, beef bones can still pose a major health risk to dogs for two main reasons.

First, beef bones may cause obstruction in the dog’s intestinal tract, especially if they were to swallow a large piece. Second, beef bones can easily splinter (especially when they are cooked). This can produce sharp edges which may result in laceration inside the dog’s body.

What beef bones are safe for dogs?

To be on the safe side, you are looking for a beef bone that a dog won’t be able to swallow whole. The bigger the dog, the bigger the bone size. For medium to large-sized dog, something that may work is a large femur bone or a beef shank bone. Regardless of which bone you pick, make sure the dog is never left unsupervised with the beef bone.

Can dogs have beef marrow bones?

Yes, dogs can have beef marrow bones as long as it’s an appropriate size. Bone marrow, in moderation, could be good for a dog’s health as it is rich in nutrients. There are plenty of commercial dog marrow treats if you want to be on the safe side and give something that’s already designed for pet consumption.

Want to know what else is or isn’t safe for dogs to eat? Visit our human food safety for dogs database to find out more.

Disclaimer: The content on is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.
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