Is It Safe To Feed Your Dog Bones?
Have you ever given your dog a bone? After all, dogs and bones seem to be a natural pairing like Vegemite on toast, but are they safe?
As a loving pet parent you wouldn’t knowingly give your pet something that could be harmful but every veterinarian can share horror stories of “bones gone wrong.”
After all, some dogs have been known to choke on bones, even damage their teeth or cut their gums. All of which can lead to expensive vet bills and a lot of pain on the part of your dog. The reason is some bones can splinter and shatter and those slivers can do a lot of damage.
…All because of a pet parent’s well-intentioned “treat.”
In a few minutes you’ll know EXACTLY why some bones are beneficial to your dog and why others are downright dangerous.
But before we get to that, let’s briefly consider the potential health benefits of bones. Bones have vitamins, minerals and sometimes protein and fat – all of which can benefit your dog. They can also keep your pet’s pearly whites healthy.
Besides, it’s no secret that many dogs enjoy having something to gnaw on. Bones can even provide the mental stimulation dogs crave. The one that will send some dogs to gently – or not so gently – chew a hole in your new couch unless they have another outlet.
So, on one hand, bones have some nice benefits – clean teeth, mental stimulation and even a little nutritional value, but you don’t want to take unnecessary chances.
It turns out there is a type of bone that’s safe for your dog but first, let’s look at the types of bones that are most dangerous to pooches everywhere.
What Type of Bones Should You Never Feed Your Dogs?
In two words, cooked bones.
See, cooked bones can splinter and shatter in your dog’s mouth. You might think that makes sense for skinny little chicken bones but even large bones like roast or ham can choke your dog or shatter.
When bones shatter, they have jagged edges. Edges that can cut soft gums, puncture the roof of your dog’s mouth and get caught in your pet’s throat.
Now if you’ve watched your dog happily chomp away on your castaway T-bone, consider yourself lucky. Many other pet parents have had to take their furry companion to the veterinarian and spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on emergency dental work or surgery due to the damage caused by cooked bones.
Why are cooked bones such an issue? In turns out the cooking process causes the bones to dry out and become brittle. When they’re brittle, they can shatter and bone fragments can be sharp and destroy soft tissue. If you think about it, it makes sense. When things dry out, they tend to crack easier.
Some veterinarians say the worst culprits are pork and chicken bones but any cooked bones pose a risk.
What’s So Great about Bones Again?
Bones have flavor. You probably use them to flavor soups and other foods. If they have a little extra meat on them, they’re extra tasty. Better yet, bones can aid in teeth cleaning. That scraping motion against the bone from systematic gnawing scrapes the plaque right off. A lifetime of chewing on raw bones leaves wolves and wild dogs with gleaming, pearly white teeth.
Raw bones are an entirely different thing than cooked ones. When they’re raw they may have marrow in them, they have vitamins, minerals and some protein and fat. The texture is different. Instead of being dry and brittle, they’re softer, more pliable.
And that pliability makes a big difference when it comes to your pet’s mouth and digestive system.
In fact, there is a type of bone your dog can enjoy safely, and that’s a bone that’s not cooked at all but rather slow-dried.
Why Slow-Dried Bones are Safe
Slow-dried bones are air dried. They dry naturally and don’t splinter because they haven’t been subjected to the cooking process that dries them out and makes them brittle. When you have access to high quality, pasture raised kangaroo bones and you lay them out to dry naturally, the result is our meaty Riblets that dogs love.
Here at Pet Snacks we’re a little obsessed with quality and food safety. That’s why we only use our pasture raised kangaroo and check every Riblet for potential defects before sending them to your dog.
You could call it pasture-to-canine.
They’re safe, natural and will keep your dog happily chewing for a long time. Why not order our Limited Edition Riblets today and see how happy your dog can be?