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FEEDING THE RIGHT TYPE OF BONES

Come and learn about what types of bones are appropriate to feed your dog, don't miss the video from Dr Bryce Syme on the topic, he has a bunch of great advice about how to feed your dogs bones safely.

Lot's of dog owners give their dogs marrow bones from the butchers, these types of bones are classed as 'entertainment' rather than part of a natural (raw) diet.
 

  • Marrow bones from animals 200 kilos and over such as Cattle should be avoided and this is because they can break the dog's teeth and cause a digestive upset as the marrow is very high in fat.  Once the knuckle has been chewed off the end of the bone should be removed.  
     

  • Feed no cooked or smoked bones, they are more likely to splinter.

 

As well as knowing which bones to feed there is one more step you'll need to come familiar with and that is the bone percentage.  For instance, if the Raw Feeding Calculator told you to feed 100 grams of bone you wouldn't just feed 100 grams of chicken necks as they are only 75% bone, so you would need to add a bit more to get to the approx. right weight.  See the bone percentage table here.

 

The below are some edible bone examples you can incorporate into your dogs daily raw diet generally not exceeding 10% of their diet, however, some dogs may need more and how you check this is by looking at their stools.  Too much bone will turn poos hard and white so if you see this you'll need to back off a bit.

Different dogs cope with different bones, some throw up some bones and some swallow or chew big chunks off so it's important to understand what is appropriate for your dog, click here to listen to Australia's Dr Bruce Syme discuss this topic.

To ensure your dogs eat bones appropriately, it is recommended they are able to eat in peace with no competition from other dogs so you may choose to feed your dogs in separate areas where they cannot see or access each other - this often slows dogs down when eating bones.

Feeding bones frozen is another way to slow dogs down when eating bones whether you want the bone to last longer or simply slow them down from eating too fast.  Frozen bones is also a good way to introduce bones to fussy dogs.

 

 

CHICKEN
Small items such as necks should not be given to large dogs as they can pose a choking risk.  Please note some dogs can be intolerant/sensitive to Chicken.  Buy Freerange chicken where possible for higher quality meats/parts.

  • Wings

  • Necks

  • Drumsticks

  • Frames

  • Feet

  • Thighs

  • Whole Chickens

 


BEEF
Beef Brisket is a staple is many Raw fed dogs diets.  Please note some dogs can be intolerant/sensitive to Beef.

  • Brisket

  • Necks

  • Ox Tails

 

 

LAMB

  • Brisket

  • Shank

 

 

TURKEY

  • Necks

  • Drumsticks
     

 

FISH
Avoid Fish not caught in Australia/New Zealand.

  • Whole fish 

  • Fish heads

 

 

DUCK
Great for allergic dogs and dogs with sensitivities

  • Wings

  • Whole Ducks


 

RABBIT
Great for allergic dogs and dogs with sensitivities as a novel protein

  • Whole Rabbits

  • Rabbit limbs

 

 

PORK
Avoid cooked/smoked Pork Bones

  • Necks

 


KANGAROO
Kangaroo is often treated due to parasites.  Ensure your dog is wormed regularly if feeding raw roo and avoid feeding to a puppy as it's too lean.

  • Tails