So I planned to write a nice post on the benefits of raw bones for your dogs teeth for the month of February. February is National Canine Dental Health Month. But here it is the 1st of April. Many people think that bones need to be cooked. This is NOT the case for dogs! In fact, cooked bones can often be very dangerous for dogs. They can splinter and cause tears in their intestinal lining. So when feeding bones make sure they are raw! And yes, you can feed your dog chicken bones, IF THEY ARE RAW! Bones such as rib, spine and neck bones are wonderful for your pooches health and contribute the the 10% bone ratio suggested for a healthy RAW diet.
Recreational bones such as knuckle and marrow bones do not count as the 10% bone in their diet. These bones are meant more for recreation and gnawing rather than as food. This is because they are too dense for your dog to eat. Feeding your dog one recreational bone a week however, is like the equivalent of you brushing your teeth twice a day for a week.
Nakia has never had her teeth cleaned and I don’t brush them…I personally HATE brushing my dog’s teeth. That and vacuuming. Such a pain in the butt. Our vet is always impressed by Nakia’s pearly whites and says she has teeth like a one year old pup. It has also helped clean up Rosie’s teeth quite a bit. When I first started fostering her she had one of the things Chihuahuas are notorious for. No, not yipping…OK, yes there is yipping but I’m talking about really bad teeth. Through weekly bones and her new raw diet her teeth are looking loads better.
My favorite place to get recreational bones for the dogs is Clay Meier Game Processing in Draper, Utah. They sell 10 pound boxes of free range deer and elk leg bones for only $10! They also sell meaty bones boxed in 40 pound boxes for $80. You can also pick up beef marrow bones from your local butcher. They are fairly inexpensive too.
So, go on, give your dog a bone!