Here’s a bit of health news for pet owners.  The FDA said dogs should not be given bones of any kind.  According to a vet at the FDA, even large bones, like a ham or a roast, are unsafe.
“Some people think it’s safe to give dogs large bones,” said Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA.  “Bones are unsafe no matter what their size.”
All bones can cause broken teeth, constipation, and mouth or tongue injuries.  Also, bones or bone fragments can get stuck in a dog’s esophagus or even its stomach, which might require surgery.  Worse yet, a real bone can cause a deadly bacterial infection of the abdomen, called peritonitis.  This happens when bone fragments poke holes in a dog’s stomach or intestines.

Karen Owoc

I’m a Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinical Exercise Physiologist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, KRON 4's weekly health expert, speaker, and author of my book on functional longevity, “Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100".

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  1. Living in the northern part of Canada with a high moose population it has been very common to give our dogs large moose bones. I always knew the dangers associated with small bones such as chicken bones, but I didn’t realize that large bones were also health risks. Great information!

    1. Here in California, this is the first I’ve heard about giving moose (!) bones to dogs. I’m glad you found the post helpful. Thank you for following!

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