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Can Dogs Eat Lamb Bones?

Can Dogs Eat Lamb Bones?

The short answer: Yes and no.

The long answer: Lamb is a good source of protein for dogs. It is packed with essential amino acids and dietary fats that can help your dog build body tissues and sustain his energy. Though it is good to include lamb meat in your dog’s diet, its bones are a different matter. Animal bones, in general, are not recommended for dogs to consume. Raw bones can carry bacteria such as salmonella and campylobacter which can enter your dog’s body. On the other hand, cooked bones can easily break into sharp pieces that may harm your pet’s internal organs. These may cause internal injuries, namely: broken teeth; bones looped around the lower jaw; mouth or tongue injuries; windpipe, esophagus, or gastrointestinal blockage; constipation; rectal bleeding; and/or peritonitis.

Some sources report that raw lamb bones may be consumed by dogs, but only when purchased from a trusted source and eaten under close supervision. It is recommended that your dog eats lamb bones on a surface that can easily be cleaned such as linoleum or tile. These raw bones must be big and hard, and should be taken away from him once they become small enough to be swallowed

Dogs with irritable bowels, stomach issues, or prone to diarrhea should not be given raw lamb bones because they may trigger these problems. If you are interested in feeding your dog lamb bones, consult with your veterinarian before doing so. Make sure to ask your vet how to safely handle and store raw bones.

What to do if your dog accidentally eats cooked lamb bones: Closely monitor your dog for any changes. Depending on your pooch’s size and how much he ate, he may not manifest any problems.

Similar to eating cooked ham bones or chicken bones, eating cooked lamb bones may cause internal bleeding, airway blockages, and/or intestinal blockages. Bring your dog to the veterinarian if he looks distressed and displays any of these respiratory-related symptoms: trouble breathing, coughing or gagging, and excessive drooling. You should also take him to the vet if he becomes lethargic, loses his appetite, vomits, has dark-coloured stool, or has difficulty pooping.

In summary: Cooked lamb bones are not safe for dogs to consume. These cooked bones may present complications that can harm your beloved pooch. On the other hand, raw lamb bones may occasionally be given to your dog if it is approved by your veterinarian. These must always be fed to him under close supervision. 

References:

Can Dogs Eat This? The Ultimate Guide To 105 Food Items

Healthy Foods Checklist: Lamb for Dogs

Can Dogs Eat Lamb Bones and What are the Risks?

Is It Okay To Give My Dog A Bone? Which Bones Are Safe For Dogs?

Can My Dog Eat Lamb Bones?



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