When setting out to build a website about dogs; particularly rescues dogs, and primarily for dog owners, I was determined to provide factual, informative, insightful and enlightening data, to my audience in a clear and understanding way. Secondly, my mission was to provide products for dog owners to purchase for their dogs.
My research has unveiled things that astonished me in more ways than I could have imagined. Things I was unaware of or just wouldn’t have discovered if not for my research.
This current article will be dealing with the topic of dog bones and treats, to include what you should know when deciding on what to give your dog.
Bones Or Treats?
How do you decide between bones or treats? The best way is to ask your veterinarian. They have done a multitude of research on products on the market. They know your dog well and will lead you in the right direction.
In many case bones are given to puppies, since their instinct to chew is much greater. When a dog becomes older, they may prefer something softer, due to the fact that they could have a sensitive digestive system. They could also have damaged or fewer teeth than a puppy or larger dog.
It’s important to take your cues from your dog. Investigate what they are more interested in. Then, investigate the brand of product your dog prefers. Just like choosing the right dog food, choosing the right treat or bone is essential.
Benefits Of Bone Chewing
The benefits of chewing a bone vary greatly from the type, either natural or synthetic. Be very clear on the fact that natural bones provide nutrients that synthetic bones do not. Synthetic bones contain substances that can cause harm to your dog.
Chewing bones promotes your dog’s intellectual development. Dogs use their brains to figure out how to deal with bones. If it is a natural meat bone, they use their brain to figure out how to remove the meaty portions (tendons and such) and get right down to the harder section of the bone.
Chewing bones, stops dogs from becoming bored and reduces their need for chewing other things, which leads them to destructive behavior. Dogs have healthier mouths (cleaner teeth and healthier gum) if chewing bones.
How To Choose A Bone?
With plenty of options to choose from, how do you decide? Below, I describe a few of the most common types of bones.
Raw bones contain many nutrients unless they are cooked. When cooked, the bone dries out, loses the nutrients, they dry out, break and splinter. This is not good for you dog. Please DO NOT under any circumstances, give your dog chicken bones. Chicken bones are too soft for your dog, they splinter and could get caught in your dog’s throat. For safety reasons, dogs should be supervised when chewing raw bones.
Natural Beef Bones
Natural bones are a great substitute for raw bones, especially if you are worried about the germs of raw meat. Natural bones undergo sterilization process to eliminate the germs.
Rawhide’s are not really bones but are made from other animal parts. They are primarily made from the inner lining of the skin of cattle and horse. Just the thought of this would make me say no to Rawhide for my dog.
This is a product that is designed specifically for dental purposes. They can remove excess food and debris from your dog’s gums and teeth. They promote fresh breath, massage gums and provide overall healthy oral care.
Soft Chews Or Crunchy?
Whether your dog prefers soft chews, or a crunchy snack really has no bearing if you choose a healthy brand. I just wanted to restate that you first should take your cues from your dog. Dogs are very instinctive and know what they like and don’t like. If they turn their nose up and walk away from it, you’ll know to try something else.
Chew On This – Milk Bones!
Long-Lasting Dog Chews
Long-lasting Dog Chews are stimulating and made to make chewing a satisfying task for your dog. Most dog chews contain chicken and beef.
Giving your dog a healthy treat doesn’t have to mean that the treat is blah and boring. Low fat dog treats are considered very tasteful. They contain real beef or chicken and no artificial flavors or meat by-product meal. Long-lasting chews come in many different shapes, sizes, flavors and are easy on your dog’s digestive system. These chews are healthy yet enjoyable for your dog.
Dog Dental Chews
Dental Chews are like a toothbrush for your dog even though they taste like regular treats. Dental Chews contain calcium to keep your dog’s teeth and bones. They can be used as a daily treat without harming your dog. They come in twisted designs, they have nubs and ridges and come in three different sizes. Dental Chews are as effective as brushing your dog’s teeth two times a week if given regularly. They significantly reduce tartar that can build up on the dog’s teeth.
Soft Dog Treats
Soft Dog Treats are very tender, and dogs love them. These treats are made with real beef, filet mignon and chicken. These make wonderful treats for dogs who enjoy the tenderness or for dogs who have problems chewing hard bones or even crunchy treats.
Original Dog Biscuits
Milk Bone original Dog Biscuits have been around for over 111 years. I don’t believe there’s been another dog brand of treats that have been around that long or have the reputation they have. They are a wonderfully delicious, crunchy snack. They come in six different sizes and many flavors. Check out this cool video made by the Milk-Bone company.
Healthy chews are great for dogs who do not eat well enough. These chews can supplement your dog’s regular diet.
Which Are The Best?
When thinking about which bone is best for your dog, think about these few things I’ll be mentioning next. Above I mentioned that natural bones provide more of nutrients for your dog than synthetic bones. Most dogs prefer a meaty bone with nutrients than synthetic. When it comes to nutrients, natural bones are exceptional, even though there are synthetic bones that contain some nutrients. These nutrients are different from a real natural bone.
Even though there is the possibility of contamination with natural bone, synthetic bones contain artificial preservative, artificial colors, flavors and other chemicals that could be harmful for your dog.
So before choosing a bone, weigh the pros and cons mentioned above and make an informed choice.
Safety Of Your Dog Is Always First!
Always consider safety first when deciding on what product to give your dog because it concerns their health. Supervision is the key to keeping your dog safety when eating bones or any other type of treat. No one wants their dog to choke on a bone or a treat that is too large for your dog.
Make An Informative Decision For Your Dog
As with choosing the proper dog food, making an informed decision about which type of treat you should give your dog, should always begin with looking for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) approval on the package. If it doesn’t have it don’t buy it. It most likely will not contain ingredients that a healthy for your dog. Check the labels on any bone or treat that you give your and make the correct decision.
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