Should You Give Raw Bones for Dogs?

Raw bones can be a healthy addition to a dog’s diet, as they provide essential nutrients and minerals such as calcium and phosphorus, and can also help keep their teeth clean and strong.  Raw bones for dogs should always be uncooked and fresh, and should never be cooked, as cooked bones can splinter and cause harm to your dog’s digestive system. It’s also important to choose a bone that is the appropriate size for your dog’s breed and age and to avoid giving them weight-bearing bones such as femurs, which can be too hard and can cause tooth fractures or even break their jaw. Here are some benefits that raw bones can have on dogs.

The Benefits of Raw Bones for Dogs

  • Maintaining Bone Density

Raw bones have plenty of calcium, which helps dogs have strong bone density, muscle contractions, vision, and even heart functions. Some dogs may require more or less calcium, so rotate their calcium intake often.

  • Pet Dental Health

Chewing on raw bones help with dental health, especially to prevent the buildup of plaque and keep gums healthy. However, dogs with compromised dental health should avoid raw bones as it can further damage their health. 

  • Mental Stimulation

As most dogs associate chewing with playtime or keeping themselves stimulated, a raw bone can keep your dog happy for hours! Give marrow bones or beef femurs for bigger dogs with stronger jaws or softer edible bones for smaller dogs.

  • Healthy Skin and Thicker Coat

Raw bones contain various minerals that are super healthy for the skin and coat of a dog. Marrow and cartilages of a bone are good sources of collagen while bones with connective tissue are perfect for skin. 

Overall, raw bones can be a healthy and enjoyable addition to your dog’s diet, but it’s important to choose the right type of bone and to supervise your dog when they are chewing on it. If you are wondering if your dog is ready for raw bones or should go on a raw diet, call Animal Medical Center of Appleton at 920-749-1717.