What kinds of dog bones are safe for my pup?
There are many different kinds of bones out there, so treating your dog to one once in a while will take a bit of research and some common sense. The most important thing to know is that chicken bones are never a safe idea, but some bones can actually be good for your dog. Let’s take a look at the different types of bones, as well as the pros and cons of each.
Common dog bones
Rawhides are one of the most popular types, but most rawhide bones are made from indigestible, over-preserved beef parts and contain very little protein and lots of fat. Consider pork hides instead. They can be very high in protein and are highly digestible. Find a brand that uses only natural preservatives and you’ve got a great treat that’ll both keep your dog happy and promote good health.
Raw bones are full of nutrients but present serious safety concerns. Not only can they scrape and tear internal organs, they often create a choking hazard. Remember, dogs don’t typically chew. Instead, they tear and swallow, which leaves big chunks of bones to cause blockage, internal damage, or even death.
Marrow bones, on the other hand, are one of my favorites, and you can ask your butcher to cut them to any length you like. Throw them in a bag in the freezer and give one to your dog when the bone is frozen (they’ll find it especially interesting that way). In addition to the extra hardness, which helps clean teeth and massage gums, they’ll be occupied for hours as they gnaw away on the bone. Added bonus: marrow bones happen to be one of the least expensive types you can buy for your dog.
Remember, please supervise your dog anytime they get a new treat or bone, and always make sure pieces are not so small as to present a choking hazard.