Raw Bones VS Cooked Bones

It’s common knowledge that dogs love to chew on bones, but have you ever wondered why? Contrary to popular belief, bones are not just a tasty treat for your canine friend, but an important part of their diet that dates back to the early canine ancestors.  Despite domestication, dogs have more in common with their ancient ancestors than you may think, especially when it comes to what foods they need to thrive.

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NUTRIENTS FOUND IN BONES

Raw bones have high levels of nutrients that your dog needs to have a balanced and complete diet.  The marrow in the bone holds large amounts of nutrients such as iron, omega-3 and 6, and collagen protein.  The bone itself is a great way to scrape away plaque buildup on teeth, and exercise necessary saliva glands.  For large dog breeds they should be given a larger raw bone, while smaller breeds need a smaller bone. Choking should always be a hazard on the forefront of the pet owners mind when feeding dogs raw bones.

THINK RAW

There is some disagreement in the pet feeding world as to whether raw or cooked bones are the safest.  After dinner, you may toss your dog a meatless rib eye bone to munch on, but did you know that this could be dangerous for your dog? Not only do cooked bone lose a high number of nutrients in the cooking process, but they can become brittle and splinter, causing dangers to your pet’s mouth and digestive system.

Additionally, it is very important to always supervise your dog while they are chewing on a bone to make sure the bone doesn’t get too small.  After some chewing of a raw bone, it can break into smaller pieces, or naturally shrinking, becoming a choking hazard. A bone should only be given to a the dog for 10-15 minutes, placed in the refrigerator, and disposed of after no more than 4 days.  Like all raw pet food, the bone should always be kept refrigerated to avoid bacterial growth that can harm you dog.

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Valarie Kamdar