Is it Safe to Feed My Dog Raw Bones?
You can't deny that pretty much every woof loves a meaty raw dog bone to chew on and it can keep them content for hours on end. As a raw dog food manufacturer, Benyfit Natural is an advocate of feeding all food raw, and that includes bones of course.
Chewing is a natural and important behavior for dogs, but we understand that some dog owners have concerns and reservations about giving bones to their four-legged bestie, and so we’d like to share some of the incredible meaty raw bone benefits you and your woof can enjoy.
We've all heard the phrase “give a dog a bone,” but before you start feeding your willing furball a tasty meaty raw bone treat there are some important safety guidelines that you should follow.
But if you still feel unsure it's probably a good idea to talk to your vet first.
Raw bone vs cooked bone
This is a crucial point. Cooked bone is hard, brittle and takes a long time to digest. It may also cause cracks in teeth and is likely to splinter when chewed. Those splinters can pass undigested into a dog’s intestines, causing pain and puncturing. Never feed your dog leftover cooked bones from your food.
Raw bones, on the other hand, are soft, bendy and easy for dogs to chew. The small pieces that break off will easily pass through your dog’s system. Dogs that are used to a raw dog food diet have more acidic stomachs than dry fed dogs and so can digest raw bones more quickly.
It's important to know that dogs who eat cooked bones may suffer from the following symptoms, and they are not very nice:
- Broken teeth
- Mouth or tongue injuries
- Bones looped around the lower jaw
- Windpipe, esophagus, or gastrointestinal blockage
- Rectal bleeding
- Peritonitis–a bacterial infection of the abdomen caused by punctures in the stomach or intestines
Nutritional value of raw dog bones for dogs
Magnus the Westie gets his teeth into a tasty Benyfit Natural Beef Marrow Bone
When given in their raw state bones are completely different in molecular structure to cooked bones and is packed with nutritional benefits for your dog. If the bone also has meat, skin and cartilage attached, even better. Take a look at the Benyfit Natural range of raw bones and treats as an example.
Raw bone contains fresh bone marrow and essential vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, zinc, selenium and magnesium. These promote strong and healthy bones and teeth. Bone also contains glucosamine and chondroitin for healthy joints.
And if that isn't enough to impress you then add Vitamin K2, Manganese, Phosphorus, Anti-oxidants, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and natural form amino acids.
It's also worth noting that in addition to nutritional and physical health benifits, chewing a meaty raw bone has the benefit of mentally stimulating dogs. This can actually help in reducing anxiety, which is linked to high blood pressure and heart disease.
Health benefits of feeding raw bones
Fweddy the Fwenchie can't get enough of Benyfit Natural Raw Goose Necks
Raw bons are brilliant at cleaning your dog’s teeth, helping to reduce tartar and plaque build-up. This in turns leads to a reduction in gum disease.
If you’ve ever tried to clean your dog’s teeth with a doggy toothbrush, you’ll know it’s not the easiest of jobs. Use a natural raw bone cleaner instead.
Digested raw bone is an excellent source of fibre and roughage as well, helping your pooch to poo easily.
If you’ve ever seen a dog with a raw bone, you’ll see just how much they love them. Chewing is a calming action for dogs and a raw bone is a much better and healthier option than a processed rawhide or synthetic chew toy.
Lastly, raw meaty bones provide recreational activity and an appropriate chewing outlet for puppies. Young and teething dogs have a psychological and physical need to chew. If you've ever come across your favourite slippers and shoes looking like they have just been trough a mangle, and a guilty looking furball looking at you with their puppy-dog eyes, then you know how true this is.
How to feed raw bones to dogs
- Always choose quality raw bones. Those with meaty bits, cartilage, skin and muscle attached bring extra taste as well as nutritional benefits, and your dog will love the variety of textures.
- It is important to choose the right size bone for your dog. The bigger your dog, the bigger the bone you can feed. If your dog has never had a raw bone before, start small to get them used to it. Some bones, such as the weight-bearing bones, tend to be hard and could cause damage to teeth. Raw dog food suppliers will have a range of soft, easily digestible bones like ribs, wings and neck.
- Don’t leave your dog unattended with a raw bone. Some will try and gulp down a bone with little chewing and whilst dogs have a strong gag reflex, always keep an eye on how your dog behaves with a raw bone. Choking is extremely rare but we’d always advise being watchful. Dogs have large pre-molars, excellent for crunching and swallowing bone, and you may see your dog trying to swallow what look like huge pieces – remember to keep the size of the bone appropriate to your dog.
- Feed raw bones in an area that can be easily cleaned. Remember that these are raw meat products and they should be handled with the same procedures as meat for human consumption. Always wash hands and surfaces with hot soapy water.
The Benyfit Natural range of raw bones has been specially selected for size, variety of texture and ease of feeding. We’d recommend feeding raw bones alongside your dog’s usual raw diet, as an occasional treat to keep teeth sparkling clean and your dog happy.
If you have any questions about feeding raw bones, or our range of raw bones, please call our Customer Services team (on the dog and bone) on 01892 770188 or drop them a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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