Raw bones can be both safe and healthy providing you follow some guidelines.
You’re probably aware your dog’s ancestors and counterparts in the wild have been eating bones forever.
Canines in their natural habitat eat prey, including the meat, bones and stomach contents. In fact, your pup has a biological requirement for the nutrients found in bone marrow and the bones themselves.
Dogs love to chew raw bones for the yummy taste, the mental stimulation, and also because all that gnawing is great exercise for the muscles of the jaw.
Two Types of Raw Bones
We categorize Raw bones into two categories
- Edible bones
- Recreational bones
These bones provide calcium, phosphorus and trace minerals which can be an essential part of your pup’s balanced raw food diet.
Recreational bones – big chunks of beef or bison femur or hip bones filled with marrow -- don’t supply significant dietary nutrition for your dog (they are not designed to be chewed up and swallowed, only gnawed on), but they do provide mental stimulation and are great for your pup’s oral health.
When your dog chews on a raw recreational bone, especially a meaty one with cartilage and soft tissue still attached, his teeth get the equivalent of a good brushing and flossing. This helps to break down tartar and reduces the risk of gum disease.
Dogs in the wild have beautiful teeth and healthy gums. This is because the prey they eat requires a lot of chewing which helps to clean each entire tooth.
At The Urban Dog we sell raw marrow bones all sizes, Chicken and turkey necks. This time of year is a great time to feed raw bones outside for recreation and for teeth and gum cleaning, try some today!