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Can Labradors Eat Smoked Bones

Jane Davis

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Labs love food, so can they eat smoked bones? It’s a question a lot of dog owners have. Some people think that smoking a bone makes it safer for their pup to eat, but that’s not true.

So what is the answer to the question, “Can Labradors eat smoked bones?”

Well, they could – But be aware of the risks involved.

Any raw bone treatment comes with risks like dental fractures, internal punctures, choking hazards, etc.

Choking and Internal Blockages

Brittle, cooked bones can break easily; if your dog chews on them too long, they can break into tiny, sharp shards that can get stuck in your dog’s throat or stomach and cause an internal blockage or puncture.

Internal Puncture

Smoked bones can also cause severe internal damage if splinter and penetrate the intestines.

These can be especially dangerous if lodged inside the digestive organs and cause internal bleeding.

Dental Issues

Smoked bones can also damage your pup’s oral health; the harder texture of smoked bones can cause severe dental injuries, such as cracked teeth and broken canines.

Are Smoked Bones Good for Dogs?

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide. Due to the potential risks, I decided not to feed my dogs smoked bones.

I provide them with alternative treats that satisfy their cravings and nourish their bodies.

a lab chewing on a smoked bone

Except for the flavoring, smoked bones are very similar to raw bones. Even though they’re good for your dog, a raw bone will do just fine.

Dogs benefit from bones mainly because of their dental health.

Your dog might break a tooth or splinter off a piece of bone. The best way to keep your dogs dental health is to give him a more digestible chew every day.

Smoked Bones Taste Good to Dogs?

There are different tastes in dogs when it comes to food so some dogs might like smoked bones. Many dogs enjoy the taste of smoked bones.

Can Labradors eat Smoked Ham Bones?

Because smoking is a process, not a type of bone, not all smoked bones are safe. Some dog owners may never experience any problems with smoked ham bones.

Personally, I would not give my dog a smoked ham bone.

The risks of splintering and/or internal blockages outweigh the benefits of a smoked ham bone.

Are Smoked Knee Bones Safe for Dogs?

Again. Smoked knee bones are “just” bones that have been smoked. Remember that they can still splinter.

So basically, the same applies to any smoked bone. They can also splinter and potentially cause serious internal issues.

How Safe are Smoked Beef Bones for Labs?

Compared to other types of bones, smoked beef bones tend to be bigger and harder, so they last longer, and your puppy won’t be able to chew them up as quickly.

Which can be suitable for teething puppies but can also lead to an increased risk of injury or choking.

Again – as with any smoked bone – smoked beef bones still can chip and splinter.

Expert Dr. Lindsay Butzer (DVM) – What Bones Can You Give Your Dog?

Doctor Lindsay Butzer DVM

Is it Okay for Raw-Fed Dogs to Eat Smoked Bones?

Yes, raw-fed dogs can eat smoked bones. Like any other type of bone, they still could chip and splinter, so be aware of the risks involved.

And don’t forget that raw fed doesn’t mean just bones – there’s meat involved as well.

A bone covered in meat is less likely to cause any issues.

But remember that smoked bones still pose the same risks as any other raw bone treat. 

This may include dental fractures, internal scratches, punctures, choking hazards, etc.

Dogs’ Alternatives to Smoked Bones

Raw meat or digestible dental treats work just as well.

I’m a huge fan of dental treats like Greenies Regular Dog Dental Treats, Pedigree Dentastix, Milk-Bone Original Brushing Chews, and others.

They can help keep your dog’s teeth clean and can be treated as an occasional treat or reward.

Dental chews can be an alternative, but they can cause severe issues with digestion if your pup swallows them whole.

So always supervise your dog when giving any chewable treat.

In a Nutshell

Smoked bones can be a tasty treat for canines but can also cause severe damage to their health.

Dental issues include broken and cracked teeth, while smoked bones can splinter and cause punctures and blockages, leading to internal bleeding.

Raw bones can be just as nourishing for your pup and can be treated as an occasional reward.

Alternatives can include dental chews and raw meat.

Always supervise your pup while eating treats to avoid choking hazards or digestive issues.

As a Labrador parent, managing the treats you give will ensure your pup’s safety and health!


Jane Davis

Hi, my name is Jane Davis, and I love dogs. I own a labrador retriever named Max. When I was growing up, we always had dogs at our house. They provide us with such unconditional love and companionship, and I can't imagine my life without one by my side.

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