It’s not a good idea. Cooked beef bones can splinter and cause severe internal damage to dogs. Beef bones from table scraps are absolutely off-limits, along with any other cooked bones.
Swallowing bones can cause choking, cuts in the mouth and throat, and fragments that can become lodged in the dog’s intestines.
Though dogs’ strong stomach acid helps break bones down, and kill potential bacteria, even raw bones pose potential risks, and should only be consumed under careful observation.
While some believe that beef bones are good for dogs, the potential nutritional value isn’t worth the risk. Instead, try healthy pet food or dog-safe chews, or make bone broth with the bone pieces removed.
Symptoms to watch for
If your dog has eaten a beef bone, call your vet.
Symptoms of infection or complications include:
- Dental issues
- Blood in the stool
- Difficulty passing stool
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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.