Guidelines for Feeding Dogs Bones

Are Bones good/safe for a dog?
If you’d like to give your dog a bone to eat or chew, follow these rules so they enjoy their bone safely.
  • Supervise chewing. Don’t leave your dog to chew a bone alone. They may bite off too much and choke or gnaw too aggressively and cause injury.
  • Do not give bones to a dog who has had restorative dental work. These dogs are at risk for tooth breakage and dental problems.
  • Do not give bones with marrow to dogs who get pancreatitis. Marrow is high in fat and can cause a flare up or diarrhea.
  • Do not give a bone to a dog who’s likely to bite it in half and swallow large chunks. You know how your dog eats. If your dog swallows food quickly rather than chewing, a bone presents a risk.
  • Give the bone after a meal. A less hungry dog is less likely to chew and swallow a bone quickly.
  • Give your dog bones that are longer than the length of their muzzle. This will will make it hard for them to swallow whole.
  • Refrigerate bones when not in use. Throw them out after three to four days. This reduces the likelihood of contamination.
  • Throw out gnawed-down bones. If your dog chews a bone down to the brittle part, splintering becomes a problem. Additionally, a bone that has been chewed down too small becomes a choking hazard.
  • Don’t feed your dog pork or rib bones. These bones are more likely to splinter. Our marrow bones are 100% beef.