Dog Bones: Beef & Ham Bones for Dogs | Dog Chew Bones | Petco
Real, long-lasting natural beef bones are heat sterilized for your dog's safety, wear down slowly, and provide superior jaw exercise and dental benefits.
Karen Zokovitch of Miami, Florida, has owned and bred Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for more than 20 years. On a diet of natural dry food, her dogs did very well, except in the area of dental health. “I was losing teeth as early as three years and always combating tartar,” she says. Thus, the attraction of the BARF diet, which she began feeding about four years ago. “Feeding a raw diet of chicken wings and thighs or beef marrow bones two to three times a week has greatly improved the problem and virtually eliminated the need for veterinary dental scrapings,” Zokovitch says.
Raw bones are always a great go-to chew. You can find raw beef bones at the grocery store for extremely cheap. Feeding cooked bones can be dangerous for pups (they could splinter and injure your dogs while he’s chewing) so raw bones are usually a safer bet. Try not to get ones with too much fat on them either!
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It is important that dogs just don’t gulp down large bony pieces. Dogs can easily digest larger raw chicken bones, but large pieces of denser beef bones may get stuck halfway through the bowel and require medical attention. Normally, a dog will slowly chew or break the raw bone into small pieces that are easily digested. Dogs that want to gulp and swallow big bony pieces may be better candidates for chicken necks, thighs, and wings. Poultry bones are lighter, less dense, and can be easily digested even when swallowed whole!These bones are VERY WELL suited for Large Dog Breeds, such as: St. Bernard, Mastiff, Alaskan Malamute, Great Dane, German Shepherd, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland and Rottweiler. BUT - many smaller dogs also love our Extra Large Hickory Smoked Beef Knuckle Bones!Large breed dogs such as Labradors, Dobermans, German Shepherds, etc. need a large enough bone so they will not chew and swallow it quickly. Bones should be larger than the length of the muzzle so it is impossible to swallow whole. A beef shank bone is a good example of a size appropriate bone for larger breeds.Dr. Wynn also feels that both types of bones that are commonly fed to dogs – large marrow bones and raw poultry bones like chicken wings, thighs, necks, and backs – present separate problems, so she doesn’t recommend feeding any bones. “Some dogs deal with bones just fine. But some big dogs fracture teeth on the big beef bones, the marrow bones that we used to recommend because they are safe as far as splintering. Those big marrow bones don’t generally splinter and cause problems in the bowel. On the other hand, chicken and turkey bones are softer and will go down without causing fractures of the teeth, but those are the bones that can cause perforation of the bowel.”