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Don’t give the dog a bone

Monday, 4th February 2013

The stereotypical image of a dog tucking into a bone is one which has been part of our collective imagination for a long time, although one pet expert is warning owners not to let their pets chow down on skeletal remains, saying it could be detrimental to their health.

Maneka Ghandi, resident animal health writer at DNA India, says that not only do bones have no nutritional value, but that allowing your dog to chew on them could result in injuries to the teeth, tongue or mouth.

“Bone fragments can stick in or puncture the windpipe or digestive tract which will involve surgery,” commented Ms Ghandi, who also advises against owners feeding their dogs scraps from the table, as many foods that are suitable for humans are in fact very dangerous to dogs.

Onions and garlic, for example, are known to be toxic to dogs and can limit the ability of their red blood cells to carry oxygen.

All owners would be wise to keep their pets on a diet of top quality pet food from trusted brands such as Burns and Hills.