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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 (oak­ – makes no bones about what not to feed your dog…

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