Dogs may seem like family to us, but they are quite different in anatomy. Stay on top of your pet’s nutrition by remembering these simple facts about dog bones.
Chewing is a past time that dogs greatly enjoy. It keeps them occupied and can help to clean their teeth if the right type of bones are given to them. Fresh goat, lamb, deer and rabbit bones are ideal for a canine’s teeth. Chicken bones are too soft to clean teeth and large animal bones can be cause tooth breakage from being too hard. Antler dog chews are another source of bones that can remove plaque buildup and prevent gum disease from chewing. Constant chewing, however, is not healthy as this can affect the chewing muscles. Two or three times a week is sufficient for treating your dog to a bone or antler dog chews.
Never cook raw bones. This makes them hard and brittle, defeating the purpose of treating the teeth. Cooking can also remove a highly digestible source of phosphorus, calcium and other minerals.
A dog’s teeth are not the only nutritional value that raw bones deliver. Stomach muscles become stronger and prevent bloating. The anal glands are kept healthier and bowel movements are harder and more regular when bones are in a dog’s diet. This helps to rid the body of toxins that could build up over time.
Antlers are a perfect solution for selecting an alternative to fresh, messy raw bones. 100% natural with no chemicals or preservatives, they are odor free and make a great long-lasting chew toy. There is no splintering and will help to keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy.
Dogs will chew on any type of bone they are given. Make sure you choose one with the most nutrition.