3 Top Reasons For Feeding Raw Meaty Bones To Dogs
Last week we talked about the 3 rules to feeding your dog raw meaty bones, today we give you 3 top reasons why it’s a good idea.
Again, Dr Bruce Syme, a well renowned vet in Australia, who is a great raw food advocate, lays it out very clearly…
Reason #1 – It’s like tooth brushing for your dog – a natural toothbrushing. While they munch on chewable bones and cartilage, it massages their teeth and gums and helps to remove tartar buildup and plaque. You can, of course, clean them yourself, but if your dog can do it himself by enjoying a meaty bone, then surely it’s a better to let him.
Reason #2 – Bones supply the best, natural source of readily absorbable calcium. Just feeding raw meat, by itself can be inherently low in calcium (although high in phosphorus), which can cause nasty bone problems. Meat and bones together is the best combination and if you think about it, in the wild both bones and muscle meat would be eaten together.
Reason #3 – Bones create roughage and they are an ideal stool-bulking agent that encourages a good cleansing action. Eating bones assists with the correct emptying of a dogs anal glands. These scent glands are designed to empty when the dog defecates (to leave their scent), but a lot of modern diets are lacking in firm material so the glands become impacted and itchy (seen as ‘scooting’ in your dog) and have to be emptied via a very uncomfortable procedure by your vet
Reason #3 – Bones supply cartilage which is a natural supply of glucosamine and chondroitin, which is a wonderful way of preventing early onset of arthritis and helps to keep those joints and synovial fluid moving.
Ideally bones can be fed about twice a week.
If you want to know 3 RULES to feeding your dog raw meaty bones, then see our other blog from last week.