Can Dogs Eat Rib Bones?

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We know that pork is usually a no-go when it comes to our dog's diet. It has to be unseasoned and plain. So what about the bone that the pork comes on? Are they okay to throw to our pup after we've scarfed down a rack of ribs?

The answer is no. Rib bones are not good for dogs to eat. In fact, they can do a lot of damage to your furry friend.

Why are rib bones bad for dogs?

When rib bones are served, they are typically cooked. When bones are cooked, they have the ability to splinter. This creates sharp chunks and shards that can cause an array of issues for your dog. Bone splinters can cause your dog to choke by getting lodged in their throat, blocking their air supply and cause you an emergency trip to the vet.

Bone fragments can easily get lodged in your dog's descending colon, which can cause uncomfortable bowl movements.

The other problem with cooked bones is that when they splinter — the shards can pierce and puncture your dog's mouth, stomach, and intestines. Your poor pup will be in a lot of pain and this may even cause internal bleeding. The worst case scenario is death.

Another problem with feeding your dog rib bones is Pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas caused by too much fat in the diet. Rib bones are high in fat and when we add spices and sauces — we are also adding fat. Dogs ingesting that much fat can develop health problems.

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What to do when your dog eats a rib bone.

Not all instances of dogs eating food they shouldn't ends in tragedy, and rib bones are no exception. Your pup may digest the bone normally. Monitor your dog for a couple days for any abnormalities. If your dog is experiencing any of the following symptoms, take your dog to the veterinarian:

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • A loss of appetite
  • Difficult bowl movements

Conclusion

While dogs and bones seem to go together like PB&J, it's actually quite the opposite when it comes to rib bones. Feeding rib bones or other cooked bones should be avoided. If your dog is really craving something to chew on, try a rubber bone or a flavored treat. If your dog does ingest rib bones, call your veterinarian for advice and keep an eye on any unusual behavior with your pup.

Would you like to learn more about your dog's diet? Scroll through this tutorial on foods that give dogs energy and then read up on why your pup shouldn't eat bacon.