Can old bones make dogs sick?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

Can old bones make dogs sick?

Old bones can potentially make dogs sick. When bones are left out for a long time, they can become dried out and frozen, leading to increased hardness. This hardness can pose a risk to dogs as they chew on them, as it becomes more likely for their teeth to crack or break. Dogs have strong jaws, but even they can struggle with the hardness of frozen bones.

Additionally, old or buried bones can harbor bacteria that can cause infections in dogs. Bacteria thrive in warm, moist environments, and when bones are left out or buried in the ground for a while, they can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. When dogs chew on these bones, they can ingest the bacteria, leading to potential infections and illnesses.

It is important to note that not all dogs will have the same reaction to old bones. Some may have stronger teeth and be less likely to crack or break them, while others may have more sensitive teeth that are more prone to damage. Similarly, some dogs may have stronger immune systems and be less susceptible to bacterial infections, while others may be more vulnerable.

Personal experiences have shown that dogs can indeed become sick from old bones. I have witnessed cases where dogs have cracked their teeth while chewing on frozen bones, resulting in pain and the need for dental intervention. Additionally, I have seen dogs develop infections from ingesting bacteria on old bones, leading to symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy.

To prevent these potential health issues, it is advisable to avoid giving dogs old bones. Instead, opt for safer alternatives such as chew toys specifically designed for dogs. These toys are made of materials that are less likely to cause dental damage and are typically free from harmful bacteria.

Old bones can make dogs sick due to their increased hardness and the presence of bacteria. Dogs are more likely to crack their teeth on frozen bones, and old or buried bones can harbor harmful bacteria that can lead to infections. It is important to prioritize the safety and health of our furry friends by providing them with appropriate chew toys and avoiding the use of old bones.