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Are Bones Safe for Dogs? Here Are 5 Safety Tips to Know

Is it safe to give your dog a bone? The answer is, it depends! Bones, and the act of chewing them, offer a variety of benefits to dogs, but we're sharing 5 important safety tips to keep in mind before giving your dog a bone!

Never give cooked bones

Any bone that is cooked, fried, baked, boiled, or heated in any way, can pose a danger to your dog. Bones becomes brittle when they're cooked and splinter. These tiny, jagged fragments can pose a choking hazard or cause internal harm.

Be aware of bone size

Bones that are too small, like certain chicken or poultry bones, are a choking hazard. Make sure that the bone you give your dog is larger than the length of your dog's muzzle. If you're uncertain, going with a bigger size is always better.

Supervision is key

Whether it's your dog's 1st or 20th bone, it's important to supervise them when they have a bone. If any sort of choking or injury does occur, you will be there.

Be cautious with multiple dogs

If you're giving a bone to more than 1 dog in close proximity, definitely stick around to supervise and give them their own space if possible. Having a glorious, yummy bone could trigger resource guarding behavior in even the nicest dogs.

Don't overdo it

Bones should be given as occasional treats, not an everyday item. Limit your dog to 1-2 bones per week and leave a few days in between the first and second.


Tucker's Raw Frozen Bones are available in beef, bison, and lamb in a variety of sizes to fit all dog breeds. Contact your local retailer for product availability!


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