Marrow Bones May Be Dangerous to Dogs

Many who love dogs give their pets marrow bones to chew on.  They naturally believe that marrow bones are safe.  However, one look at the picture below demonstrates why I do not recommend them.  When the dog is chewing out the center, it is easy for the bone to pass over the lower canine teeth and get stuck around the dog’s jaw.  Most dogs need to be sedated in order to remove the bone.  This dog made a full recovery once the bone was removed but after the veterinary bill, that became one very expensive treat!

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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