This sweet Labrador retriever is having a great day!
Her humans brought her home a huge bone to chew on and her tail just cannot stop wagging! She shares her excitement with a few hops and then waits patiently for her giant reward. Just as soon as her dad finished unwrapping it and gives it to her, she knows exactly where she wants to go to chew it – her favorite spot!
But are bones truly safe for dogs? There’s a lot of controversy around this topic.
According to 1-800-Petmeds, “Evidence suggests chewing bones is good for dogs in some ways, yet bad in other ways.
- Bones are a natural source of calcium and phosphorus.
- Chewing stimulates the jaw and prevents boredom.
- Bones can break teeth and cause damage to the enamel.
- Cooked bones are brittle and splinter. Splinters can perforate the intestines.
- Type of bones: Raw bones don’t splinter, but may contain bacteria that cause diarrhea and illness.
- Never feed raw pork, with or without bones.
- Work with a holistic veterinarian to determine what’s best for your pet.”
Some dogs have also had trouble getting into marrow bone accidents. So there is no easy answer but the key is prevention and watching your dog closely if/when they have a bone. You may have heard about how dangerous rawhide can be too – dogs can choke and aside from that, it is often treated with some pretty harsh chemicals so it’s a smart idea to check with your vet and always supervise your dog when they have a bone or chew of any kind.
Lucky for this lab, she is surrounded by people who clearly love her as she prepares to dig into her new bone. What a sweet and grateful Labrador!
See her video on page 2!
Watch the video below to see the Lab getting her present!
Feature Image Source: Ulandos