The choice of dog bones in the market and information about them may be overwhelming to a new dog owner. Gone are the days when dogs got a delicious bone from Grandma’s leftovers, or a butcher could be relied on to keep suitable bones for a special canine treat.
Chewing comes naturally to most dogs. In the absence of something to chew on, dogs can turn destructive, chewing on shoes, furniture, household items and just about anything they can get their curious little paws on.
Chewing on things is more than just recreational. Chewing on bones is essential to a dog’s dental health, reducing risk of infection and tartar build-up, scraping away plaque and stimulating gums. Gnawing on a dog bone will even help do away with yucky dog breath!
Today’s dog owner has the choice of nylon and rawhide bones in addition to meat bones in a range of different flavors from beef to turkey to bacon. Some vets actively advice against giving dogs natural bones and recommend synthetic bones instead. Almost all vets advise against dogs being given bones off the table especially pork and chicken bones which can splinter and cause internal damage.
There are several factors you may want to consider are when selecting a suitable dog bone. How much your dog chews might be genetic. Some breeds like spaniels, retrievers and hounds have a greater disposition to chewing because of their history as hunting dogs.
Puppies chew a great deal more than grown up dogs because they are teething. The sooner you wean them onto dog bones the better. It may save you a fortune in ruined carpets, shoes and furniture. Start puppies off on small bones and increase the size of the bones as they grow. Because the size of the bone is important Send a Dog a Bone offers multiple sizes of dog bones that are perfect for your pooch.
Almost all dog bone manufacturers and canine care guides recommend supervising dogs while they are chewing on bones. Smaller bits of bone should be removed and discarded. If your dog does swallow a piece of nylon bone it will usually pass through the digestive system without causing any harm.
Dogs chewing bones have been compared to humans watching TV, it’s something dogs do to pass away the time. Just as you wouldn’t allow your children to watch TV all day, you shouldn’t let your dog chew on a bone all day long either. Combined with regular exercise, mental stimulation, and a good diet, dog bones can contribute to the well-being of your pooch.