Why Pork Bones Can Be Dangerous to Dogs
Whether it’s raw or cooked, pork bones aren’t recommended for dogs. There are safer options available if you are looking to get your dog some bones to chew.
Will a pork bone hurt my dog?
You might be able to get away with it if your dog is being supervised while chewing pork bone but there is a possibility of your dog getting hurt, especially if he is given cooked pork bone. Dogs have strong teeth and can easily chew through most types of pork bones. Cooked pork bones in particular have a possibility of forming splinters, which may cause damage to your dog’s esophagus or intestines once the bones are swallowed.
Your dog might also be silly enough to swallow a large piece of pork bone, which introduces the risk of choking and intestinal blockages.
What to do if your dog ate a whole pork bone
First off, don’t freak out. It will stress out your dog if you sound and act worried. If you think your dog swallowed a whole bone without chewing it, call the vet. It could become an emergency situation if the bone creates blockage in the dog’s body.
If you are certain the dog ate small pieces of bone from the pork (small enough to pass through the dog’s digestive tract), there are certain things you can do to help the bone pass smoothly such as letting your dog eat something bland like plainly-cooked brown rice. Watch over your dog carefully for the next few days. You will know if things aren’t going right if your dog exhibits symptoms like pale gum (possible sign of internal bleeding), bloody stools, and sudden lethargy.
Want to know what else is or isn’t safe for dogs to eat? Check out our list of human foods for dog consumption. As an alternative to pork bones, one recommendation is to let your dog chew a bully stick, which offers a lower health risk than pork bones.
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