Most pet owners have strictly adhered to the code of “bones are bad” for their dogs, and most believe that if their beloved pooch were to get a hold of one, death would certainly be imminent.
What needs to be brought to light is that bones are in fact not bad at all; on the contrary, bones can serve more than one purpose in your dog’s diet and have been proven to be quite healthful. One of the most common reasons people think bones are bad for their dogs is that they present a choking hazard. Newsflash, dogs can choke on anything! In fact, you’d rather them eat a bone, which is digestible and healthful rather than your chemically cured and processed leather shoe!
Now, supposing we have converted one person from a zero bone diet, there comes a catch; where to find the bones? Many people who include bones in their pet’s diet commit several mistakes, even owners who have converted to the raw dog food diet. One common mistake is purchasing the bones from the local grocery store or butcher. These bones may be salted, and have been sitting in chicken broth or another substance that adds chemicals; and this is certainly not something you want your dog ingesting. Secondly, another common mistake is that the owner may purchase the bone, and then they may proceed to cook it. Cooking the bone makes it more brittle, which does present a more threatening choking hazard due to easy splintering, and it also takes out the vital nutrients that are vital to your pet’s diet. Cooking destroys anti-oxidants, and reduces the proteins to a state in which they become indigestible. Cooking changes the basic composition of the bone, therefore defeating its purpose as a healthy food for your pet. Try purchasing your raw bones un-cooked, and completely free of any additives or preservatives.
The raw dog food diet is proven to be very beneficial to your pet. Raw bones go hand in hand with the raw diet, and not only are they healthy; they serve another very important purpose. The action alone of chewing or gnawing on a bone is healthy for your dog’s dental care because it is a teeth cleaning exercise that is helpful to you the owner in that it may cut down on plaque and decay, which saves you an expensive visit to the vet. In addition to the benefits raw bones hold for teeth, they may provide your dog with vital minerals and proteins that help build a healthier dog, preventing problems further down the road.
As for what kind of bone to feed? Variety is the key to dog nutrition! The Dog Bowl offers a variety of healthy dog food ranging from turkey necks, to larger beef bones for dogs of all sizes to enjoy! Once you’ve made the decision to switch, you will be astounded at the changes in your dog. This “back to basics” approach will help your pet lead a healthier, longer life, and save both of you the stress and monetary drain of repeated visits to the vet.