Dogs and Bones: To Chew or Not to Chew?

We know dogs for two things: that they are man’s best friend, and they are crazy for bones. For the latter we can find proof just about anywhere, cartoons, TV shows, magazines… however, as much as they happen to love chewing on bones, it’s not exactly one of the safest activities for our four-legged mates.

When I say this I don’t mean all bones are to be avoided at all costs but it’s up to us as dog owners to know how to differentiate between safe and not, primarily by acquiring the bones for dogs from specialised shops.

This is the advisable option because it provides numerous choices as well as rids you of the worry whether your dog’s health would be in danger. While most of us find no harm in treating our furry friends with our leftovers, little do we know cooked bones splinter into the small bits that actually pose threat.

Apart from lacking nutritive ingredients, cooked bones can get stuck in the windpipe, esophagus, and intestines, either resulting in bleeding, bacterial infections or requiring surgery, and they can also damage teeth.

Raw bones, on the other hand, might seem a better alternative, especially bird bones like chicken wings, but to be on the safe side, it’s better to grind them and prepare a nice stew for your doggo. What you can expect to find at a shops when it comes to recommended bones for dogs is a variety of dried natural bones, free of fillers and additives.

Though dry is something you’d associate with hardness, the drying process itself softens the bones. The ideal of this option is kangaroo, since unlike other meat and bone alternatives, kangaroo is leaner, with less saturated fats, and easier on the dogs’ stomach.

Also, roo bones are a long-lasting treat as they take longer to eat (they are bigger than other bones), and the marrow being rich in calcium and phosphorus makes for a great treat for the palate as well as the teeth. Just because the bones are big doesn’t mean they are only suitable for the larger dog breeds.

Dogs need teeth cleaning same as us, and bone treats come in handy with this in particular. Antlers happen to be another recreational chew, and they help prevent plaque buildup, protecting the oral health in general. Both roo bones and antlers are eco-friendly (i.e. certified).

The only thing you have to be aware of is whether your dog is an aggressive chewer or not, to prevent oral injuries.

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Jessie Sanner