I often heard that chicken bones are dangerous for dogs as they may break, splinter and damage the internal organs.

Is there any truth to this claim?


Cooked bones can be dangerous for dogs or cats. The cooking dries them out and makes them more likely to splinter.

I've been advised by vets to give dogs and cats raw bones, never cooked. The size of the dog would make a difference, too - a large dog is much more likely to gulp down a chicken bone whole and have it lodge somewhere it shouldn't, where a small dog wouldn't have that issue.

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    There is another big difference between the bones of birds and mammals. The ones of birds are hollow. That is another reason why they splinter easier and then they are very spiky. Sep 21 '17 at 10:11

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