Why Dogs Should’t Eat Raw Fish Bones

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Of all the bones you could let your dog chew, raw fish bone isn’t one of them. There are a number of health risks that fish bones may introduce to dogs.

Why fish bones are unsafe for dogs

Raw fish bones are small and brittle. This makes it very easy for the bones to cause harm by getting lodged in various parts of the dog’s digestive tract including the mouth, stomach, and throat. This may cause internal damage if it’s the sharp edge of a raw fish bone that gets lodged inside.

While the risk is small, raw fish bones (especially those that come from large fish species) could also introduce the risk of choking. The fish bones that get lodged in the dog’s digestive tract could prevent larger objects from passing through.

You don’t have to worry as much about the fish bones that come from species like sardines. These species typically have soft bones and could be considered an exception to the rule. Dogs can eat these kinds of fishes as long as it’s in moderation.

You can learn more about what is or isn’t safe for dogs to consume by visiting our human foods for dog database. There are many other items that pet owners should be cautious of aside from raw fish bones.


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