My dog (Lil Red) is a miniature dachshund long-haired. He has been fed beef bones before and he has chewed them until they disappeared. I have been told not to give him bones because the chips could harm his digestive system. Is it harmful to have my dog chew on beef bones, i.e. left over from steaks etc. I won't ever feed him chicken bones because they are brittler and could have more sharp chips. He does chew on rawhides that have CET to prevent teeth buildup. He also eats chicken jerkey treats.
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Yes, I do agree that there is the potential for the beef bones to cause problems.
It is not based on the many pets that may be perfectly fine ingesting them. It is based on the few dogs or the one large piece that accidentally goes down causing problems that could easily warrant needing surgery.
Just not worth it.
In addition, I always advise:
The fewer different things being ingested, the less likely you'll need to go to a vet one day for bad vomiting and diarrhea.
So, I like the CET chews. Even rawhides can be okay when you only give them for 20-30 minutes, and you DON'T let them finish them off and swallow the last piece.
The jerky treats. Not so good. Beef bones: I would stop as well
Agreed, chicken bones are very bad.
So, Yes, I do agree that the bones are best to stay away from.
Hope that info helps
If there is something I have not covered for you, please let me know.
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Okay... How are giving him the beef treats, similar to dried out sausage etc. instead of chicken jerky which are advertised for dogs.
Oh....lots of bad bad stuff "advertised" for dogs. Vets laugh every time they walk into a petstore and see that one long shelf of actual garbage.
thousands of dollars spent at vets for vomiting and diarrhea because of most of it.
The chicken jerky doesn't have the extra salt and stuff found in Bacon strips treats etc.
What are the better treats to give my dog?
It's not about what the label says and doesn't say.
Most jerky treats are horrible. Bacon strips. Even worse.
The better treats. Probably little pieces of carrot, apples or a hypoallergenic treat from a trusted company like Science Diet.
He loves carrots, minature type from the veggie department.
That's fine. Not a lot of them. don't want to cause stomach upset even with carrots, or constipation.
Also, you can look at the link I provided about some higher quality treats to consider.
He gets about three, each about two inches long.
Much better than bacon thing, jerky treat that....
May I be of any further help?
2003 UC Davis Veterinary Grad