Sunday, April 20, 2008

Don't give your dog pork bones!

I always knew dogs shouldn't have chicken bones. But I didn't know how bad pork bones could be.
Until yesterday.
My poor Toby had a really bad day.
We had pork chops for dinner on Friday, and several of my well meaning children shared their bones with the dogs.
Sammy came out of it ok.
But poor Toby didn't.
I won't go into details, but I will say that I don't think I have ever seen a living thing have such a hard, painful, messy time trying to poop. And I mean, it was really, really bad.
I finally had to take him to the vet. After a series of medical treatments, (again, I won't go into details), and so far about $500, the vet still wants to keep him until... well, until he's better.
The bone fragments from the pork chops are basically cutting up his insides.
So, the point of this post, regardless of how strange and classless is seems, especially after yesterday's post, besides being somewhat therapeutic for me, is to warn you not to give pork bones to dogs.


Chet & Liz Hugo said...

Poor Toby! We've given Jackson pork bones galore and it has never been a problem, but I don't think we'll ever give them to him again. Yikes!--Liz

Tom and Lillie Wilkinson said...

I didn't know that, I will have to remember, if we ever get to have a dog! Hope he gets to come home soon!

Carrie & Karl said...

I'm reminded of one of Jeff Foxworthy's jokes. He took their $5 hamster to the vet and it cost $65. He said: if your medical bills cost 12 times more than you did then you're either really really sick, or really really cheap. I hope he gets better soon!

Della Hill said...

Thanks for caring everyone.
I know I will never give a dog a pork bone again.
I hope Toby's pain prevents it in another dog.

Anonymous said...

I recently made some pea and hame soup using a ham hock. I thought twice about giving the bone to my dog, but my husband thought he would enjoy it. He was sick all afternoon and into the night. Took him to the vet the next day and diagnosis pancreatitus & had to be hospitalised. Pork bone marrow is too fatty for dogs and not good for them. Expensive soup! Vet bills $500.