Are Bones Bad for Your Gun Dog?

Besides getting out to hunt ducks and dove (and next year, marsh hens), I would say Pritch has one other … Continued

Besides getting out to hunt ducks and dove (and next year, marsh hens), I would say Pritch has one other true love in life, and that is femur bones purchased from the pet store. Since I weaned her off of rawhides because of their potential dangers, these bones have filled the gap. But just last week the FDA issued a warning that all bones are dangerous for dogs. Here’s part of their warning:

Bones are unsafe no matter what their size. Giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate for a trip to your veterinarian’s office later, possible emergency surgery, or even death.

Among other things, the FDA warns that bones can cause broken teeth, and that shards can get stuck in the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. All of which makes perfect sense to me, but I have to admit it hasn’t necessarily forced me to toss Pritchard’s femur bone in the trash. To start, I always choose bones for Pritch with caution, making sure to buy only the ones that are thick walled and show no signs of cracks. And if they show any signs of wear then I replace them. And Pritch only chews on these bones while she’s supervised. But is that still not enough? According the FDA it’s not.

It seems the only passable chew toys I have in the house are Nylabones. I’m wondering if any of you have had bad experiences giving your dog bones. (Obviously I’m not talking about chicken bones or the like here.) Or if the FDA warning will change your stance on dogs and bones?