When preparing meat, many dog owners wonder if they are allowed to feed the bones to their beloved four-legged friend. The answer depends on several factors.
Properly fed, bones are a popular dog snack. With healthy calcium, you can supplement the dog nutrition valuable and keep the teeth healthy. Quite apart from that, they are in great demand among most four-legged friends. Incorrectly fed, however, you can put your beloved fur nose in danger.
These types of bones are dangerous
If a bone splinters, a dog can contract dangerous internal injuries. Bone chips can in the worst case pierce the intestinal walls. Swallowing too much bone may cause constipation. To avoid this risk, you should choose the popular dog snack wisely. For example, there is a high risk of splintering in poultry bones and the bones of older slaughter cattle. In addition, all bones that were heated. Whether roasted, cooked, or grilled, the structure of a bone becomes porous when heated, making it dangerous for dogs.
The selection of suitable dog bones
Feed only raw bones and never those that have been heated in any way. Very suitable for raw feeding are bones of juveniles, for example of lamb or veal. They are less prone to splintering and are particularly rich in minerals and trace elements. Anyone who takes organic meat not only thinks about the slaughter animals, but also about burdening their pet with as little pollutants as possible.
Feeding in moderation and under supervision
If a dog eats too many bones, it can cause constipation - so always feed the dog snack in small quantities. Especially if your pet is not used to it, you should first try with a small piece, if he can handle the treat. In combination with meat, bone parts are better digestible for the dog, so that it is best always both fed together. Let your four-legged friend eat the bone under supervision, because even with the utmost caution, the chipping of a piece of bone can not be completely ruled out.
When you feed your dog with bones, you should always pay attention to its digestion. Too much bone in the lining can lead to constipation, too much cartilage to diarrhea. A rule of thumb says: Feed a maximum of ten grams of bone per kilogram of body weight. Incidentally, the most popular bones with meat in dogs are bovine and calf breast bones, lamb ribs and marrow bones.