Can dogs eat turkey bones? Is it safe for adult dogs or not? Some veterinarians say that “No bone is a good bone”. If you really want to feed chicken or turkey bones to your poppy, so be aware: ANY bone that has been cooked has become breakable, and a dog chewing on it can cause it to shatter into small pieces, which can choke or seriously cut, your dog. Only provide raw bones to your dog.
Dogs will eat bones at any time of year, but the holiday appears to be an especially typical time for them to go into the trash or take meat with bones off the table. Some people even provide leftover turkey and chicken bones to dogs as treats.
Are Turkey Bones Safe for Dogs?
No bones about it, that’s not a good idea. Cooked bones can splinter, piercing the digestive tract. I always advise against giving dogs poultry or fish bones. Rib bones and pork bones also splinter quickly.
What about other bones? Beef bones can shatter and bore the intestinal tract or cause an intestinal clog. Obstructions can need emergency surgery to eliminate the bone.
Big or strangely shaped bones, such as T-bones, can become stuck in the esophagus, causing a dog to choke, or somewhere else in the intestinal tract. Beef vertebrae also can get stuck in the esophagus.
Choking can be an interest in dogs who gulp bones without chewing them completely. And a dog can break a tooth chewing on a bone or cow hoof. That can imply a costly repair or extraction by your vet.
Still not encouraged? Here are five more good reasons to prevent providing your dog a bone:
- Bones can cause bloody mouth or tongue injuries.
- Round bones can become stuck around your dog’s lower jaw and might need a veterinary visit to eliminate.
- Bone pieces that pierce your dog’s stomach or intestines can cause serious bacterial infections that are tough to treat and can even be fatal.
- Bones and bone fragments can cause your dog to end up being constipated.
- Bone fragments can be sharp, triggering pain and bleeding from the rectum as your dog passes them.
How to Prevent Your Dog from Eating Turkey Bones?
To protect your dog from an emergency situation this holiday season, don’t leave bones in your kitchen garbage can– right away take them to an outside trash bin that your dog can not access. If you’re preparing the roast monster for a vacation meal and are leaving it out to concern room temperature level after cooking, do not presume your dog can’t get to it on the kitchen counter. Put it well out of his reach.
On walks, focus when your dog appears to be unusually thinking about something in the grass. In my experience, that generally suggests he’s found a bone. Know how to do a finger sweep to examine his mouth for and get rid of calcified contraband.
Finally, constantly say “thanks, however no thanks” to well-meaning friends, loved ones and next-door neighbors who want to offer your dog a bone.