Each month we sell over 4000 pounds of raw bones – beef, buffalo, venison and lamb for recreational chewing, and whole chicken, turkey and duck parts as meal replacement bones. We even have tiny chicken neck sections sized for the little guys! Both kinds keep teeth clean, breath fresh and provide great nutritional benefits.
Mental Health for Dogs
Most dogs have a strong chew drive, and hard recreational bones are a great tool to direct energy away from destructive pursuits. Pet parents often incorporate them into daily routines, giving a bone when they come home in the evening, when their dog goes into his crate, or when they leave for work to ease separation anxiety. Raw bones provide hours of chewing pleasure!
Meaty Bones – Breakfast of Champions
As an entire meal or a snack, meal replacement bones as are a great way to introduce raw into a dog or cat’s diet. Raw poultry parts have soft digestible bones and are a rich source of protein, essential fatty acids, cartilage (natural source of glucosamine), and a host of other nutrients not found in processed diets. Many dogs get chicken wings or turkey necks for breakfast, and a regular meal for dinner. How about a duck neck as a bedtime snack?
Which Bone for Which Beast?
Big dogs and heavy chewers do best with denser, harder beef and buffalo bones for recreation. When giving bones for the first few times, be sure to supervise, observing how your dog interacts with them. Gulpers or indiscriminate chewers may need constant supervision or shorter sessions. Some dogs get so excited that they throw up afterwards. This usually resolves quickly as they calm down and the digestive system adapts. A dog’s stomach secretes extremely strong acids that can dissolve lumps of bone! The same stomach acids also kill any bacteria present.
Size is important – larger is generally safer. Small bones may be a choking hazard for a big dog. For tiny dogs with small mouths there are mini-marrow bones. Cats can eat smaller necks or wings, but many are not interested unless they have hunted outdoors or have been introduced at a fairly young age. The bathtub is a good place to serve a cat!
All our bones are from human-grade, USDA-inspected sources and facilities. Treat raw bones as you would any raw meat product in your kitchen, washing hands and counters after use. The vast majority of dogs and cats seem to have no problems related to bacteria, but if your dog is immune compromised or has very delicate digestion, caution is advised. All in all, customer feedback is overwhelmingly positive.