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You are correct in asking the question and avoiding the pig bones or other animal bones if you are able. Regular bones such as ham or pork bones in particular should be avoided for numerous reasons including pancreatitis from the fat on the bone (more than other species), breaking off pieces of the bone and causing intestinal damage or even obstruction, and fracture of teeth which I see at least once monthly where a tooth requires extraction or root canal from chewing on these types of bonesI do advise avoiding all animal bones because of the risks above but pork bones in particular do cause the most amount of gastroenteritis and side effects due to the fat content of the animalHard treats to chew on that I like are dentastix, CET chews, rawhides, Zuke Z ridge bones, or even greenies which are all digestible if larger pieces are swallowed and less risk to fractured teeth as well. Please also avoid pig ears and cow hoovesPlease let me know how else I can assist you both today. Have a wonderful Sunday!
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