Can bones be given to dogs?
If you prepare homemade meals for your pet, you must add bones, but remember that bones must always be raw. They must come from chicken neck or breast, be crushed and added to food. Never feed your pet cooked bones (especially chicken bones) because they risk perforating the stomach and intestines. Small breed dogs are particularly at risk, especially if they are not used to raw food.
If you want to give your dog a bone to strengthen its jaw or for fun, buy a beef bone (avoid veal bones as they are too soft) from a joint (knee or hip). The joint must be bigger than your dog’s mouth; however it must be light enough so that your dog can carry it around in its jaw. Boil the bone for 10 to 15 minutes and then put it in the oven at 180 °C (350 °F) for 10 minutes. Your dog will love you even more.
Chantale Robinson M.A B.Sc., A.H.T www.kilookas.com