|Barked: Mon Dec 16, '13 6:53am PST |
|As others have said, cooked bones are the real issue since they can splinter and cause all kinds of problems. If you've been doing it for years they I would venture to say you've been extremely lucky, but it's not a practice I would recommend continuing.
In addition to raw bones being safer, there's also the part that they are healthier. When cooking meat you actually destroy a large amount of the protein, vitamins and nutrients in the bones, effectively reducing the nutritional value for your pup.
about 60-80% of Harley's diet is raw meaty bone and she can eat a whole raw chicken (bones and all) within about 2 days. The larges bone I've given her is a turkey drumstick and she was able to eat the ends off it, but wasnt able to chew up the whole thing because it was too hard. Still, the act of trying helps keep her teeth clean and since she's also teething still I'm sure it just feels good on her.
If you want to give bones, try a chicken drumstick and you can even leave the meat on it. Just cut a couple lines down the meat the first time with a knife to help your pup get a handle on the meat until they learn how to eat it. Within no time they will likely be eating the whole thing completely and loving it!.
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