Is it safe to give my dog bone to chew on?

Is it safe to give my dog bone to chew on?

Bones are sometimes a contentious issue. The general rule of thumb is to choose a bone as big as possible so it is unlikely that the dog will try to swallow it whole and get it caught in the back of his throat. 

Raw is always safer than cooked because raw bones are far less likely to splinter and perforate the bowel. Sometimes bones can cause constipation and gut upsets (vomiting and diarrhoea), so they are not good for all dogs. 

Bones can be a really good way to keep your dog’s teeth clean. Do not allow your dog to eat a raw bone that has been sitting out for more than a few hours otherwise the risk of bacterial gut upsets increases dramatically. 

Try to trim away most of the fat from the bone and don’t allow your dog to eat the marrow because marrow is extremely fatty and can cause life-threatening pancreatitis. 

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