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Dogs and bones have been linked in history for years, but recently these traditional treats have come under more scrutiny. Are bones good for dogs, or bad? What types of bones can you safely give your precious pooch? It can be a tricky subject, so we’re here to guide you. Read on for more information.
Real bones used to be popular with dog owners to treat their pets. However, there are some serious safety concerns. Bones can cause tooth fractures, intestinal blockages and other dangers. Many owners choose to avoid bones now entirely. If you do wish to feed animal bones, it is strongly recommended to avoid cooked bones, which often splinter into sharp pieces and cause damage internally. Pork and poultry bones are also dangerous for the same reason, and rib bones are very high in fat which can increase the risk of pancreatitis.
If you’re looking for a substitute for a real bone, which still provides chewing satisfaction, nutrition, and a good length of time to eat, there are still some excellent options! There are lots of synthetic dog bones or tasty dog chews to choose from, to keep your canine friend both healthy and happy.
Safe and easy, digestible chews are a convenient choice. Usually made from animal parts, they are not as long-lasting as harder chews, but they are a safe and tasty option.
There is varying support as to whether these chews are hugely beneficial for dental health, but the action of chewing on something moderately hard can certainly help oral hygiene.
There are a selection of bones and chew toys that are not meant to be eaten but just encourage that important gnawing entertainment. Some can be stuffed with a soft treat to prolong the fun. Be careful of very hard bones, as these can cause tooth fractures, and if small parts break off they can cause intestinal obstruction.
These chews are popular, but must only be given under supervision. As they are not easily digested, if large pieces are eaten they can cause obstruction in the intestines.
These tasty snacks are popular with both dogs and their owners, but why are they so great?
There are various options out there, so how do you know which dog chew or dog bone to choose? Choosing the ideal bone or chew for your dog depends on their age, lifestyle and any health conditions. Young dogs will need puppy chews suitable for their growing bodies and teeth. Those who struggle with their weight, or have a sensitive stomach may benefit more from non-edible chew toys. Dogs will health concerns may benefit from a chew with a nutritional supplement. Your pooch may also have a preference as too flavour or texture, so you may need to try a few out.