Is it okay to give my dog bones

Most dogs like to chew on bones but what bones are okay to give them?

What will happen if they eat the wrong bone? And what should you do after they eat them?

Here at Animal Medical Center of Appleton we want to help you with all of that. First let’s talk about what dog bones they can have.

Raw Bones

A good rule of thumb is raw bones are always better than cooked bones. The reason you shouldn’t give your dog cooked bones is because the bones become soft and brittle. 


Safe Raw Bones 

  • Cow
  • Lamb


Unsafe Raw Bones

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Pork



Rawhide bones are among the most popular dog bones but supervision is still needed while they chew it. A typical rawhide bone is only meant to be used for 1-2 weeks. If it goes for longer it can break apart causing a choking hazard. 


If your dog is especially strong, such as german shepherds or rottweilers, the chances of rawhide bones breaking into smaller choking pieces. Think of a rawhide bone as a sucker with a treat on the inside. If you lick it enough you can get the treat inside nice and safe, but if you bite it too hard it will shatter and could cause problems while eating it. 


What Happens If Your Dog Ate A Bad Dog Bone

If you’re looking for a sign that your dog ate a bad bone here are some symptoms to look for.


  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stool
  • Vomiting
  • Cuts inside mouth


What To Do If My Dog Eats A Bad Bone

If your dog has already eaten a bad bone the next step you should do is take away the rest of the bone and contact your local veterinarian to see if there is anything wrong with your dog. 


For more information about dog bones visit our website Animal Medical Center of Appleton to have all your questions answered.