When you finish up your pork chop, is it okay to give your dog the bone? The answer is no. A pork bone might seem like a nice treat for Fido, but it could actually be dangerous.
Why Aren't Pork Bones Safe for Dogs?
Pork bones, whether raw or cooked, are likely to splinter and crack when your dog chews on them. Your dog might attempt to swallow small pieces of the pork bone, which could lead to choking, intestinal blockages, or damage to the esophagus or intestines. All of these conditions are extremely dangerous.
Because pork bones are relatively small, big dogs might attempt to swallow them whole, which is also very dangerous.
Are Any Bones Safe for Dogs to Eat?
It's okay to give your dog large, raw, cow bones or bison bones. The bone must be big enough so that your dog cannot attempt to swallow it, and it must be raw, so that it will not splinter. Remember that you should always be supervising your dog after you've given him a bone. This article has more guidelines about how to safely give a dog a bone.
What Should I Do if My Dog Eats a Pork Bone?
What if your dog manages to get his paws on a pork bone? What should you do?
If possible, take the bone away immediately. If your dog has already swallowed the bone, or part of the bone, you will need to monitor him very closely for signs of distress. It is possible that your dog may be able to pass the bone through his digestive tract without issue, but eating a bone could result in major problems.
Vomiting, excessive drooling, abnormal bowel movements, and lack of appetite are all symptoms of an intestinal blockage. If you observe any of these symptoms, take your dog to the vet right away. Your vet will determine whether the best course of action is waiting and watching, endoscopy, or surgery.
What Are Some Other Uses for Pork Bones?
If you don't want those pork bones to go to waste, you could try using them to make a broth. You can mix a little broth in with your dog's food to give it extra flavor. You should consult your veterinarian before doing this though, especially if your dog has intestinal or dietary issues, since pork is very high in fat.