There is some debate over this subject. Some people think that all bones are ok. Some people think that cooked bones are bad but raw bones are ok. Others think that the reverse is true. One thing that many of them have in common is that they believe that bones provide necessary vitamins and nutrients to a pug, as well as helping to clean the pug’s teeth. Actually though, most veterinarians and other pug experts do not recommend giving pugs bones for several reasons.
The first issue is that there are better and easier ways to keep a pug’s teeth clean. Most bones are so hard that, when chewing them, pug’s can actually crack and break their teeth. Brushing your pug’s teeth with toothpaste that is specially designed for pugs or giving your pug treats that are specially designed to help with tooth cleaning is a much safer method of cleaning your pug’s teeth.
Another issue is the dispute over the nutritional value of bones. The nutritional value is not in the bone itself, but in the meat and cartilage that is still attached to it. Anything that can be gained by eating meat off of a bone can be found in the proper pug vitamin.
By far, the biggest problem with feeding your pugs bones is that most types of bones are impossible to chew or digest properly. If the bone is small enough or the pug is large enough this can create several issues. The most immediate danger would be a choking hazard.
If the pug manages to swallow a large chunk of bone then another problem can arise. Since most bones cannot be digested properly, they can get stuck in the pug’s stomach or intestines. This blockage can cause toxic build up, bloat, infection and other life-threatening issues. In such cases, your pug’s life is on the line. If you’re lucky enough to catch the problem in time then your only option is expensive emergency surgery.
So, if you want to give your pug something to chew on, give him a toy. If you want him to have the best nutrition, find an appropriate brand of pug vitamin. Avoid the temptation to give him a bone. After all, there’s no reason to take any risks with your pug’s health when you don’t need to.