My Dog Swallowed a Yak Bone or Chew What Should I Do?

By Julie •  Updated: 09/05/20 •  3 min read
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Have you hard of Yak bones or chews? They’ve become a popular treat for dogs! And if your dog is like most dogs, he probably has a keen urge to chew anything and everything, including Yak bones.

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What are Yak Bones?

Yak bones/chews, also called Himalayan dog chews, are the latest thing in chews for dogs. They are a hard treat that’s made from a combination of cow and yak milk. The chews may also contain salt and lime juice. That sounds more like a margarita than a dog chew!

The chews become soft as they’re gnawed and sucked, so small pieces may come off. The idea is that the Yak bone chews are great to help keep your dog’s teeth healthy, as the chews are supposed to clear away plaque and food debris.

The chews are also popular for being low odor, and for not causing stains on carpeting and fabrics. The Yak bones are available in different flavors, too. Another reason the treats are a favorite is because they tend to last a long time.

Are Yak Bones Dangerous for Dogs?

If they’re chewed, in most cases the bones will not cause problem. However, if the dog manages to bite off a hunk of a chew, there’s a chance the small piece can become lodged in the dog’s throat. It can then cause the dog to choke.

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Another issue is that if a dog is allergic to cow’s milk or is lactose intolerant, the chews could cause an allergic reaction or a digestive problem.

And because the “bones” are so hard, they may cause broken teeth in some dogs.

Because of the hardness of these chews, if a dog managed to swallow the entire chew, it is possible the bone would become lodged in the dog’s intestines, causing an intestinal blockage.

So, while these treats are promoted as safe, you’ll need to supervise your dog if you give him one of these yak bones. Then you’ll need to watch in case he swallows it whole or has an allergic reaction. Both of these could lead to life-threatening medical issues. In that case, you’ll need to get your canine companion to the vet as soon as possible.

The Best Choice

Rather than giving your fur baby a yak bone to chew, experts recommend giving him real cheese if he’s not allergic to milk or lactose intolerant. String is a real favorite, and it’s healthy for your dog in small amounts.

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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