Does eating bones cause health problems in springer spaniels?

by Aideen
(Donegal (Ireland))

My eight month old springer spaniel was being looked after by my partner's mum for afew hours yesterday, when I went to pick him up he was chewing on and really enjoying the bone she had given him from a leg of lamb she had cooked for dinner.

I have been told by a few people that bones are bad for dogs as they cannot digest them properly and can cause health problems as they get older. The problem is my puppy really enjoyed this treat, but I do not want him eating something that will cause health problems,is it ok for him to have the occasional bone,any advice??


Hi there
Dogs love bones and they are very good for them, as its a natural thing to do to gnaw on a bone. However you must never give them cooked bones as they are brittle and can splinter and damage their intestines. The only exception for this are baked ox bones that are very tough and don't shatter. You can get these from your butcher.

Go to your butcher and ask for a marrow bone for a dog and they will give you the right bone for your springer spaniel to enjoy.

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Oct 13, 2011
ess And bones
by: Anonymous

I am very cautious about bones. My friends ess was allergic to lamb bones and one Sunday we had a panic call thry their dog was swelling up, we saw that his fronta legs, chest and neck were swollen after eating a lamb bone. We are not sure if this was just his allergy but have never fed our three ess lamb bones.

I fed out old ess (rip holly) a dog bone from Morrisons and then she managed to get it stuck And we had to take her to the vet for a scan and enema as she tried for almost a day to pass it. Although whilst they did this they noticed that she had a tumor on her spleen so i took her in for a blocked bone but she never came home. Never the less, my two ess now have never had bones

Aug 05, 2011
by: helen

ive been told by my vet never to give dogs any sort of bones !!! specially the big beef (marrow) bones as they can crack their teeth and certainly not any sort of poultry bones as they splinter and can cause untold much conflicting advice isnt there ???

Aug 04, 2011
Dogs eating bones.
by: Anonymous

The only concern I've had with it was our first springer developed a blood disorder. We fed him bones pretty regularly believing this was a good thing. Growth hormones are added to the diet of many farm animals headed for the slaughter house. We can't be sure what caused it. He developed this disorder which caused him to bleed from the nose and gums and had to go on steroids the rest of his life. He developed the disorder when he was about 6 years old and lived to be 12. To be safe we don't give our new springer any bones.

Jul 19, 2011
by: Michele

Dogs love marrow bones and they're good for their teeth too.

I would just watch my Springer for any signs of stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea or blood in the stool. If you do notice any of these things a trip to the vet would be a good idea.

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