Tips For Feeding Your Dog Bones
Posted on Aug 31, 2015 , 0 comments
- Feed your dog meaty, non-weight bearing bones such as chicken/turkey necks that provide calcium, phosphorus and trace minerals.
- Feed your dog recreational bones filled with tasty marrow. These larger bones provide mental stimulation while massaging gums and cleaning teeth. They also provide amino and essential fatty acids.
- Feed the bones while they are still frozen. They are harder and dogs will be forced to slow down and gnaw at the bone.
- Find bones that your dog can’t swallow whole. Rule of thumb is to buy a bone larger than the length of your dog’s muzzle. While bones can never been too big for a dog they can be too small.
- Throw out recreational bones once the bone is small enough to be swallowed whole or has been out for more than two days.
- Feed your dog bones that fall into the “3 B’s”: Baked, Broiled, Barbecued. The heat dries up these bones which makes them brittle and prone to splintering.
- Leave your dog unsupervised when they are gnawing on a bone. Remember to remove any small pieces that your dog chews off to avoid choking.
- Give raw bones to a dog that has had restorative dental work done.
- Give bones to a group of dogs. No matter how friendly dogs are to one another they might get territorial with bones. Give bones to dogs separately to avoid fighting.
- Let your dog chew bones on carpet. As the bones thaw out they can leave stains behind. Have your dog enjoy their bone in their crate, on an easily cleaned surface, or outside.