Can I give bones to my dog?

Safe bones for dogs. Should I give my dog bones?

It seems like such a nice idea giving that huge leg of lamb bone to your family pooch after the Sunday roast, but is it a good thing to do from a health perspective? We will discuss the health benefits, risks and what we personally recommend.

How do bones contribute to my dog's diet?

Bones are a good source of minerals and other nutrients. Chewing stimulates saliva enzymes and helps prevent plaque build-up on teeth and gum disease. The correct bones, in moderation, seem like they could contribute to your pet’s health. If bones are something that you would rather avoid there are other ways of your pet getting a good source of minerals and other nutrients. 
  • You could start your pet on AllisOne BioPlasma, an excellent general tissue salt tonic for broad overall support in pets containing ALL 12 of the essential tissue salts.
  • Another great supplement for your pet would be to try Vondi's Multi-Vitamin Supplement for dogs & cats which is also an excellent daily multi-vitamin & mineral supplement for pets.
  • There are also fun toys for pets that can naturally assist with cleaning your pet’s teeth like the Hunter Tough Rubber Dumbell Toy With Bell, which I am sure your dog will love having many chews on. It is durable, long lasting and washable!
  • Also try the Petstages Fresh Breath Mint Stick which is great for cats to play with and will gently clean their teeth and freshen their breath.

Are some bones not safe for my dog or cat? (bones to avoid for your pet) 

It is critically important to avoid giving your dog the wrong kind of bone. Poultry and pork bones, or cooked bones of any kind, are strictly forbidden. They splinter into shards that can cause choking and serious damage to your dog's mouth, throat, or intestines. 

Which kind of bones are best for my pet?

Many vets say that raw meat bones are the best bones for a dog. It is even recommended that your pet only be fed a raw food diet and that itself is another debate altogether! The size of the bone should be larger than the length of the dog’s muzzle so it will be impossible to swallow whole. The bone should be taken away after 10 to 15 minutes and placed in the fridge. The bone should then be disposed of after 3 days in the rubbish bin where your dog can’t find it!

Treat your dog with healthy treats and avoid the risk of choking on bones all together!

Our pets deserve treats - so instead of giving them bones you might like to also try some healthy treats like Organic wheat free Peanut Butter Biscuit treats for dogs and cats, Raw Love Venison Chew Treats for dogs and cats, Hunter Tasty Soft Twist Sticks which is a great treat for dogs made with milk and carrots (also great for dental care) and Hunter Soft Dog Training Bites made with yummy lamb and rice. Of course, it’s always good to know that all our natural and organic treats and snacks for dogs and cats are healthy for your fur baby and contain no added chemicals, preservatives or other nasties!

Like with any decision you make on behalf of your pet, always make sure that your pet’s best interests are in heart and mind!

Need some advice on pet health? Please reach out - we are here to help!



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