Whenever you picture a dog at its happiest place, you always envision them peacefully sitting in a corner and chewing away to glory! There’s often been a debate over whether or not dogs can eat raw bones. However, there are various reasons why bones are essential for a holistic development of your dogs.
Here are 5 reasons why they are an essential part of their daily life:
Minerals & Nutrients:
Raw bones are a great source of minerals and other nutrients. Because bones are composed of calcium phosphate, a mineral that aids your dog’s proper growth. In fact, the calcium in raw bones can be up to four times more digestible than the available calcium supplements. The marrow contains plenty of nutrients, mainly copper and iron, vital to the production of blood in them.
Chewing onto the bone stimulates saliva enzymes and helps prevent plaque buildup on teeth and gum disease. Excess plaque build-up can cause bad breath, cavities, gingivitis which can further lead to expensive teeth extractions.
Tackles Unwanted Chewing:
We all know and suffer from our pets chewing on things unnecessarily, be it the furniture, your socks or even your shoes! A bone can divert his attention away from these destructive behaviors and promote a new, healthy chewing habit.
Provides Energy & Keeps Dog Active:
Fat and protein make up a significant part of the bones, and thus provide lots of energy to your dog. Which also means this is(something to watch for in overweight dogs. It keeps them busy which in turn keeps them active when the need be.
Keeps the Tummy Happy:
Bones are beneficial for your dog’s digestive tract as it offers a cleansing and scouring effect on his system. This reduces the digestive problems they may face occasionally.
All of this is great, but you need to take care that you offer your dog only raw meat bones. Make sure to take the bone away from your dog after 10-to-15 minutes, and put it in the refrigerator and dispose off the bone after three or four days.
It’s also important to note that if you’re giving your dog a bone, you should be monitoring their activity. Don’t give them a bone and step out of the house!This is to make sure that they don’t break the bone into pieces or swallow or choke on it!
Happy Pet Parenting!