Can Dogs Eat T-Bone Steak & Is it Safe?

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There are some foods that are more dangerous than others for dogs to eat. 

Before you give your dog a t-bone steak, you’ll need to learn the facts. While this particular food might seem harmless enough, the truth might surprise you.

The Problem with T-Bone Steak for Dogs

While it is okay for dogs to have the occasional piece of steak, t-bone steak, in particular, poses a very serious threat. The main problem with this type of steak is that it has a bone in it. When you cook the meat, the bone turns brittle and prone to splintering.

This means that when your dog eats the steak, it is very likely that pieces of the bone will break off and cut their mouth. If your dog swallows any of these pieces of bone, they could puncture their intestines and cause internal bleeding.

If their mouth gets cut up from bone splinters, the wounds could become infected. This turns a bad situation into something much worse. A bacterial infection of the mouth or even stomach lining can be fatal without immediate treatment.

Health Benefits of T-Bone Steak for Dogs

There is a multitude of health benefits that t-bone steak can offer your dog, but only in moderation.

1. Healthier Skin

Giving your dog the occasional piece of t-bone steak can actually improve the look and overall health of their coat and skin.

2. It is Part of Their Natural Diet

A dog’s body is set up to digest meat, as it is a part of their natural diet. While you shouldn’t give your dog only meat, they are unlikely to have any issues digesting it.

3. Stronger Immune System

Steak has antioxidant properties that can help keep your dog’s immune system running strong. This, in turn, will reduce the chances of them getting sick.

4. Clean Teeth

Another benefit that t-bone steak offers dogs is cleaner teeth. This food can actually help keep their teeth and mouth clean. It also has the potential to keep bad breath under control, which you will be sure to appreciate.

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Dogs can eat t-bone steak, but it is not a good idea to include the bone. The meat itself is not harmful to these animals. It is the cooked bone that poses a real threat to their wellbeing.

How to Give Your Dog a T-Bone Steak

There are a number of things that you’ll need to keep in mind before giving your dog a t-bone steak.

1. Remove the Bone

Before you give your dog a T-bone steak, you’ll need to cut the meat off the bone. This way it only gets the meat and not the bone, which is very dangerous as we mentioned above. Make sure that you cut the meat up into small pieces so your dog won’t have any problems swallowing it. If the pieces are too large, they might choke or even develop intestinal blockage.

2. Don’t Add Any Dressings

You should avoid putting any sauces or spices on the meat that you give your dog. This greatly increases the chances of a negative reaction. There are lots of potential issues associated with giving a dog barbeque sauce or just about any spices.

3. It Should Be a Special Treat

As delicious as t-bone steak is, it should only be given to dogs as a special treat. Giving your dog this food too often can make it fat, which comes with its own set of health risks. An obese dog is at greater risk of developing diabetes, which is a very serious condition.

4. Always Cook it Thoroughly

It is never a good idea to give your dog a raw t-bone steak to eat. While dogs can digest raw meat, it is not recommended. The fact is that raw meat often contains certain bacteria that can cause serious infections. 

You can pan fry or grill the steak, as long as it is cooked through properly. This will go a long way towards reducing the chances of health problems with your canine companion. It is not a good idea to serve your dog rare meat of any kind.

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5. Don’t Put in with Their Regular Food

Make sure that you give your dog the t-bone steak in a separate bowl than what they usually eat out of. By mixing in human food like steak with their regular food, they might come to expect it as an everyday thing. This will help with minimizing whining and begging, which can get pretty annoying, to say the least.

Should I Put My Dog on an All-Meat Diet?

It might seem like putting your dog on an all-meat diet is a good decision, but you’ll want to think twice about doing this. Dogs are capable of eating meat every day, but this sort of diet contains too much fat. 

Your dog will likely become overweight fairly quickly, which is the last thing you want. It is best to just stick with feeding them actual dog food that is formulated to match their nutritional requirements.


  • The main problem with t-bone steak is the bone, which can splinter off in your dog’s mouth and cut it up.
  • If your dog ingests bone fragments from a t-bone steak, they could puncture their intestines, causing internal bleeding.
  • There are lots of health benefits associated with giving your dog t-bone steak, including a healthier coat and skin.
  • The occasional piece of steak can also help keep your dog’s immune system strong and functioning properly.
  • If you are going to give your dog this type of steak, you should only give them the meat and throw away the bone.
  • You never want to give your dog any meat with sauces or spices on it, as there is a potential for negative health effects.
  • Cut the steak up into small pieces that your dog can easily swallow and digest.
  • It is not a good idea to only give your dog meat on a daily basis, as this will most likely lead to rapid weight gain.
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Hi! I'm Anna and I´m a certified cynologist (KAU, ACW). Handler, blue cross volunteer, owner of Chinese crested kennel "Salvador Dali" and breedless friend called Fenya. "I can't imagine my life without dogs and I totally support the idea #AdoptDontShop".