“If a dog’s prayers were answered, bones would rain from the sky”
Giving raw meaty bones to your fur kids is one of the
best things you could give him / her for many reasons. Not only are they
nutritional (which of course is a large part of their value) but they
are an excellent toothbrush, meal replacement, and mental stimulant.
Choose the right size bone for your dog: If you are
not sure which size of bone to get for your dog, choose a larger size to
be safe. A bone that is the size of your dog’s head is a good start and
once you know what kind of a chewer your dog is you can head to smaller
First time bone chewers such as puppies should be
taught how to eat a bone. Choose a stick shaped bone such as a turkey
neck, or beef ribs. Hold one end of the bone and let your dog chew on
the other and pull away if it seems like your dog will try to swallow
the whole thing! Through this process, much like a mother wolf might,
you teach your dog how to patiently enjoy a bone.
Given enough time, your dog will eat the whole bone!
If your dog eats too much bone however, their stools may come out chalky
and hard or if the bone was too rich they may have loose stool. If you
suspect they ate too much adding pumpkin to their meal will do the
trick. To avoid eating too much bone, you can give it to them in several
sittings so that they don’t eat the whole thing at once.
Cooked bones are dangerous as they become very hard
and brittle which increases the likelihood of them breaking and
splintering into sharp pieces. Cooked bones are also very difficult for
dogs and cats to digest as the bones lose all of their nutritional
Smoked Bones are also dangerous as they often have additives such as artificial flavouring and preservatives.
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