Can Dogs Eat Lamb Bones? [Everything You Need to Know]

Lamb meat is a delicious meal, at least for the humans, but what about the canines?

At least on one or more occasions, you may have noticed you dog gobbling down the left-over lamb bones that you disposed in the trash can.

And the big question is: Can dogs eat lamb bones, and are they really safe?

With the many floating fatal dog stories of bones getting stuck in the throat or worse tearing through vital organs, your concern is valid - but no need for panic!

Raw lamb bones are tasty and good for dogs to chew on as they get to exercise their jaws and clean their teeth in the process.

However, the bones must be large and not small enough to be swallowed in one gobble. Also, the lamb bones should not be cooked, since they can splinter up and cut through the gums, palate, tongue and digestive tract.

If you dog just consumed cooked lamb bones without your knowledge, read on to know what to look out for and when to raise the alarm.

What should you do if a dog eats lamb bones?

If your dog just gobbled down lamb bones without your knowledge, do not panic.

In a best scenario case, you should only give your dog large and hard lamb bones to chew on because they are safer and harder to splinter up.

However, once you dog has eaten lamb bones, monitor him to see if they pass the small bone fragments through their stool or throw up.

Nonetheless, keep an eye on your dog for any of the following signs before rushing to the vet clinic. If they experience any of the below signs, consider taking them to the vet for an examination.

  • Excessive vomiting
  • Not playing as they usually do for days
  • Reduced appetite or not eating all together.

Is it safe for a dog to eat cooked lamb bones?

Cooked lamb bones are dangerous, and they can splinter up and cause injury to your dog’s body organs.

You should not serve cooked lamb bones to your dog at whatever cost, and if there are left-over bones, you should dispose them away from your dog’s reach.

Just like cooked lamb bones, cooked chicken bones should not be served to your dog due to the risk of splintering. Nevertheless, you can serve your dog chicken meat, but not chicken bones, whether cooked or raw.

Do lamb bones splinter?

In comparison, lamb bones are tougher but this does not mean a dog cannot splinter lamb bones. Strong and enthusiastic dogs can splinter lamb bones if they chew hard enough for a long period of time.

That is why it is advisable to give your dog raw and large lamb bones because they are harder to splinter. In addition, you should always monitor your dog as they enjoy the lamb bone.

Do not give your fur friend small lamb bones that they can easily swallow up and get lodged along the esophagus.

Why you should not give your dog cooked lamb bones?

Cooked lamb bones should not be served to your dog, since they present the risk of injury or even death. Here are some reasons why you should not give your dog cooked lamb bones:

  • Cooked lamb bones splinter easily and the sharp edges can cut the gums, palate and tongue making it hard for your dog to eat their food.
  • Splintered bones can also get stuck on the throat or worse cause tears on the soft tissue along the esophagus.
  • The splintered lamb bones can damage the intestines or stomach. This can lead to spilling of the stomach acid or bacteria from the intestines onto their abdomen and this can be fatal.

What kind of bones are safe bones for dogs?

Although chewing and consuming any kind of bone poses its own risks to your dog, dogs love bones and you should not deny them the delicacy.

The two main types of bones that are safe for dogs include edible bones and chewable bones.

Chewable bones help clean the teeth and strengthen the jaws. Edible bones are a rick source of vitamins and essential minerals like calcium. Small edible bones should be grinded into a powder form and added to your dog’s meal.

Chewable bones are a good alternative for dogs who vomit excessively or get difficult bowel movements when they take raw bones because of the bone marrow present in them. They are only meant for exercise and play.

The chewable bones should be large-sized, typically hip and leg bones, since they are larger and difficult to break. They can be in different flavors such as beef, ham and lamb.

How to Ensure Your Dog’s Safety When Chewing Lamb Bones

Typically you should only give your dog raw bones and not cooked bones. Large hip and leg bones from lamb, ham and beef are harder to break and they can chew on them for longer

However, you must exercise caution as your dog enjoys their chop down. Remember to watch out for the following:

  • Let your dog chew the bones for about 10 to 15 minutes. Longer chewing makes the bones softer, and can easily splinter.
  • Never leave your dog unattended when chewing on bones.
  • Do not give your dog small-sized bones that they swallow as a whole and risk causing injuries.
  • For raw bones, keep them refrigerated until you need to serve them. Once they are done chewing, you should throw them away.
  • Avoid refrigerating the bones once they have reached room temperature because it keeps your dog at risk of a bacterial infection.
  • You should also limit the amount of bone you give your dog to one or two per week because too much bone can make them constipate or vomit excessively.

Bottom line

If you were worried that your dog swallowed bones without your knowledge, don’t panic. As long the bones are raw and large-enough not to swallowed as a whole, it is safe for your dog to eat lamb bones.

However, small lamb bones are risky, since they can cause injury to your dog’s organs such as the palate, tongue and gums. Worse still, they can cause chocking, which can be fatal if your dog is not attended on time. Remember, cooked lamb bones are not recommended, since the cooking process makes it easier for them to splinter.

As a rule, never leave your dog unattended when chewing on bones. Look out for adverse reactions such as vomiting, chocking and changes in behavior. If your playful pup stops playing or stops eating and drinking water, it could be because your dog got injured. Visit your local vet clinic as soon as possible to avoid further complications. 

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