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Can Dogs Eat Rib Bones?

Can Dogs Eat Rib Bones?

The short answer: No. 

The long answer: Rib bones are the inedible parts of pork or beef ribs, which are commonly enjoyed by people as smoked, grilled, or barbecued dishes. Though it is tempting to give your dog leftover rib bones when he begs for some, it will actually do your pooch more harm than good.   

Rib bones, especially cooked ones, can become brittle and break into small, sharp pieces that can harm your dog’s mouth, throat, esophagus, intestines, and/or stomach. It can block his airway, cause lacerations, or lead to constipation. Raw rib bones can also contain salmonella and other harmful bacteria. The fatty tissue of a pork rib bone can cause dehydration, protein loss, and other severe intestinal upset symptoms. Meanwhile, the meat itself can result in pancreatitis or other lethal complications depending on the ingredients you used to flavour it.   

What to do if your dog accidentally eats rib bones: Monitor your dog for changes in the next few hours. If he doesn’t exhibit any of these symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, lack or loss of appetite, or  constipation), there is no need to bring him to the vet. If you notice him coughing, gagging, drooling, exhibiting distress, or retching, he could have an airway obstruction that your veterinarian must attend to immediately.

In summary: Whether taken from pork or beef, raw and cooked rib bones should not be fed to your dog. Gnawing on rib bones can lead to unwanted health complications for your pet. Instead of rib bones, discover which human food dogs can safely eat in our “can dogs eat” category.


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