Can Dogs Eat Pork Bones? – The Dangers of Bones and What You Need to Know
No, dogs cannot eat pork bones. It is highly dangerous for them and can cause vomiting and even death.
Why Your Dog Should Not Eat Pork Bones
Even though dogs love bones and are inseparable from them, research shows bones are not a dog’s best friends.
It is not a good idea for dogs to eat pork bones. Most all vets will tell you not to feed your dog cooked bones of pigs because they can splinter causing harm to their insides.
The best type of bone for a dog to eat is a raw bone and raw pork has a type of bacteria not found in any other animal. This is how we can see that raw pork bone would be very unhealthy. The best type of bone for a dog to eat would be a raw beef bone.
But many stores are now selling pork bones, and dogs love them. Some people feel they are better, as they more resemble natural bones. A growing number of online complaints list all sorts of injuries that owners blame on these bones.
The Dangers in Giving Your Dog Pork Bones
Gene Balzer believed the packaging, which said the pork bones were good for his dog’s Bella and Reggie’s teeth. But then his dogs started getting sick, he said.
“It was actually in the vomit,” Balzer said. “There were little pieces of the bone in there. They were still sharp.”
The Dog Files experts say they found dozens of complaints from owners who spent thousands in vet bills, and even lost their dogs, after giving them pork bones. To add to that, x-rays show several images of where those pieces can end up lodged inside a dog’s body.
How Pork Bones Can Harm Your Dog
Dog Files put them to the test. It took just seconds to send a pork bone splintering into shards.
Emergency vet Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald sees these kinds of injuries on a weekly basis.
“I am an expert,” Dr. Fitzgerald said, “and in 30 years I’ve seen a lot of problems with this type of food. Many of these sharp ones can cause perforations or lacerations as they go through.”
He says brittle bones are among the most dangerous because of how dogs eat. “They’re gorging, they’re grabbing, they’re going to swallow things in one gulp,” he said.
The FDA investigated and recommended that processed and cooked bones never be given to dogs.
So why are these potentially dangerous bones still in stores?
We found the industry is largely self-regulated. The FDA requires pet food products be ‘pure and wholesome’ and ‘truthfully labeled.’
But these federal regulations apply only to the ingredients, not product safety.
It’s something pet owners like Balzer want changed. “I really want to get this out there so other people don’t feed their dogs pork bones,” Balzer said.
Stores selling pork bones for dogs say they stand behind their products, and say they’re safe. But if you have any doubts about a product call your vet, before you give it to your pet.
Statistically, more dogs die from steak and pork bones than chicken bones. Of course, I am aware that many people feed these bones to their dogs frequently without problems but the vet says, if they worked at an animal hospital for any period of time, they would very quickly find out how dangerous this can be. They are not good for teeth, they injure teeth and any bone that splinters can do all sorts of problem.
Often life-threatening. For example, if you let that bone get stuck in the esophagus and you have a major problem that most vets are not equipped to handle. They can perforate any section of bowel and that can be major. They can pile up in the colon/rectum and those are really fun enemas!
In conclusion, dogs cannot eat pork bones safely. The raw ones have bacteria, and he cooked and factory-sealed ones will splinter. For the safety of your dogs, please do not feed the pork bones!