Are rib bones okay for dogs? The short answer: No. “I do not recommend giving pork rib bones to your dog,” said Susan Konecny, RN, DVM and medical director at Best Friends Animal Society®. Raw poultry and pork bones, in addition to cooked bones of any kind, should be off limits when it comes to your dog’s diet.
What kind of bones are safe for dogs? Raw bones are considered safer than home-cooked because they don’t splinter as easily. Raw bones like chicken, turkey, lamb, beef, or even oxtail can be safer bone options for your pet. Unlike home-cooked bones which are drained of their nutrients, raw bones can be a natural source of calcium and phosphorus.
What is the safest bone for a dog to chew on? Stay away from cooked turkey, chicken, and pork bones as they can easily splinter. Instead, buy raw, domestically-produced beef shank bones as they are big enough that your dog won’t be able to swallow them and won’t hurt their teeth.
Can you give a dog a cooked beef bone? Cooked bones should always be off-limits. They become brittle and easily break into sharp shards that can do a lot of damage when they pass through the gastrointestinal tract. Never feed your dog cooked bones.