We’re spoiling our furry friends with delicious home-made treats, plus Dr Jacques Visser shares his thoughts on a bone-crunching topic
The short answer is no! People regularly ask me why they can’t feed their dog a bone if canines in the wild eat them. Here is my theory: A dog in the wild doesn’t live as long as its domestic counterpart, so if a wild dog has a stuck bone causing problems, it will get sick and die with no one being any the wiser. But if it’s your favourite pooch, you would know! It’s true that dogs often eat bones without any harm caused, but occasionally issues arise and the dogs can get extremely sick – there isn’t a vet who has not lost a dog due to a bonerelated issue. Instead of feeding your dog a bone every now and again, rather invest in quality dog food that will provide your furry friend with the nutrition it needs.
DR JACQUES VISSER This month, Dr Jacques Visser – veterinary surgeon at Oaklands Vet in Johannesburg (oaklandsvet.co.za) – makes no bones about what not to feed your dog…