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Features January 2020 Issue

Which Bones Are Safe to Chew, Which Are Not

Long beef bones tend to be safe. Not all beef bones are.

Which Bones Are Safe to Chew, Which Are Not

The wrong bone can cause a medical emergency.

Dog owners often hear they should never give their pet a chicken bone. The worry is that a dog can easily crush a chicken bone with his teeth, causing it to splinter and then perforate the intestine. “But that’s largely an urban myth,” says Your Dog editor-in-chief John Berg, DVM. “Chicken bone will almost inevitably dissolve in the stomach and never even reach the intestine.

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