Teeth And Bones
Raw meaty bones?
Raw meaty bones are an integral part of feeding a raw diet and are the principal source of calcium. They are also a complex source of a wide variety of nutrients including minerals, essential fatty acids and vitamins. The central parts of large bones contain marrow, which is a highly nutritious mix of elements, including iron, used to form red blood cells. Raw bones also provide natural antioxidants and enzymes.
Dogs fed raw meaty bones rarely suffer from diarrhoea and produce smaller quantities of solid, minimally offensive stools. It is likely that bones play a similar role to dietary fibre removing toxins and promoting general bowel health.
Bones are full of nutrients. It is easy to understand why the dog wants the meat and marrow, but what makes the bone itself so desirable? The answer is threefold. Firstly, bones contain a number of nutrients that are vital to your dog's health.
Secondly, meaty bones are nature’s toothbrushes. They keep your dog's teeth clean and gums healthy. Plaque can't build up and decay is prevented.
The third benefit of giving your dog a bone is more psychosomatic. Dogs that have a bone to chew are happier and calmer, chewing a bone releases endomorphines which provide a sense of well-being.
Why do you include ground bone in Cotswold RAW complete meals?
Our recipes include ground raw bone which will provide all the above mentioned nutrients. However, in order to promote healthy teeth and gums and provide all the behavioural and emotional benefits of chewing on a bone you should still feed raw meaty bones at regular intervals.
Is it safe to feed bones?
Only if they are raw. Cooked bones are low in moisture and can easily split or cause choking. Raw bones are rich in natural moisture, softer, more flexible and easily digested in the low pH of a dog stomach. Simply give one to your dog at regular intervals for them to gnaw at and improve tooth, mouth and gum health. Bones and chews also provide your dog with an outlet for natural species-appropriate behaviour and chewing releases calming endorphins.
Some bones may last longer than others and some may be too hard for young dogs or older dogs with weaker teeth. Please choose the most appropriate bone or chew for your dog from the selection we offer. Choose a bone about as big as the dog’s head – too big to swallow but small enough to handle. Always supervise your dog with a bone.