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February 6th 2019

Why bones are more harm than good for your pet’s teeth

 
Many pet owners have heard or read about bone feeding as a way to keep your pet’s teeth clean, however they can come with a huge expense as well.
 
Bones can have a scaling effect on your pet’s teeth, but they come with some serious and expensive hazards. Vets see lots of broken teeth due to chomping on bones, causing pain for your pet and dental bills for you.
 
Which bones are not good for your pet
 
Large, hard bones, like beef marrow bones, should be avoided. Even dogs with strong jaws, that can crack large bones, can still break their teeth chomping on them.
 
There are other risks that come with bone feeding as well. Never feed your dog or cat cooked bones. They can splinter and create punctures in their digestive tract.
 
Rib bones and small bones that can be swallowed whole and cause choking and obstructions should also not be fed to your pet.
 

Which bones are safe to feed your pet

 
If you choose to give your dog or cat raw bones, the best practice is to consult with your veterinarian for advice on the best on the best size of bone for them.
 
When feeding your dog or cat bones always supervise them to ensure they don’t accidentally swallow a large piece and that they are easily able to chomp the bone.
 
When you notice that the bone is getting small enough for your pet to attempt to swallow it, it is time to take away and discard the bone.
 

Should I give my pets rawhide and dental chews?

 
It is important to be careful when choosing rawhide for your dog. Cheap rawhide can be made with harmful chemicals. It is best to avoid rawhide and chew treats from China because some products have been found to have toxic ingredients.
 
Rawhide can also be a choking hazard when a dog swallows a large piece. You should supervise your dog when it is eating rawhide and take away any large pieces that break off.
 
At the clinic we carry Virbac oral hygiene rawhide dog chews and enzymatic oral hygiene chews for cats. They contain enzymes that help eliminate plaque carrying bacteria and help remove tartar.
 
If you have any questions about your dog’s at home dental care or if you would like one of our veterinary staff to take a look at your dog or cat’s teeth, please call us at 403-615-8016.

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