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Bone Chewing

If there’s one thing I end up saying to almost every dog parent that comes through the door, it’s ‘feed more bones!’

Why? Because nearly every dog that comes through the door over the age of 2 has teeth ranging from blerg to UEERRGK.

The exceptions? Dogs that chew raw, meaty bones at least once a fortnight.

Dogs can eat a huge range of other foods, and there’s even a sub-section of these foods that are good for them. But if raw bones aren’t in there somewhere, there is precious little that’s going to prevent the slow decline into gingival disaster.

Disclaimer: about 5% of dogs have sensitive stomachs and can only handle bones with minimal fat. If your dog throws up after a beef bone, try a raw chicken frame.

If your dog won’t eat bones? KEEP TRYING. I promise it’s what dogs have eaten for 40,000 years. Probably longer. Try different types of bones, small ones, big ones, use it like a toy, mix it in with other food, coat it in peanut butter. And if you have a puppy, start as soon as it’s on solids.

Are bones dangerous? If they’re cooked, they set like cement. Feeding a cement-like object to your dog is quite dangerous. I don’t advise it. Raw bones are fully digestible to dogs, who have stomachs acidic enough to literally dissolve bone.

Am I sure? Well, I’ve seen about 1 raw-bone-related injury per year, usually a broken tooth, and once, a bone stuck across the roof of the mouth- very fixable. I see raw-bone-deficiency injuries every, single, day. It is not and never will be normal for teeth to get so rotten they fall out.

So give it a crack. Pop to your local butcher, grab a bone, and give your dog a treat.

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