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Bianca Major

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Feeding bones to your pet

Bones are a vital part of a natural raw food diet. They are a source of water, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and anti-oxidants. They also help remove waste products from your pet’s gut.

There are two types of bones to feed pets, edible and recreational.

Edible bones

Edible bones are non-weight bearing bones of young mammals and birds, such as chicken wings, lamb ribs and turkey necks. These edible bones are soft, light, easily crushed and digested. They are an important part of the raw food diet!

Recreational bones

Recreational bones are weight bearing dense bones that contain marrow, such as cow femurs and knuckle bones. They are nutritionally not essential for your pet’s diet, however they are fantastic for oral hygiene and for mental stimulation.

The edible bones in RaaW pet food will also naturally help reduce tartar build up on your pet’s teeth, and the low carbohydrate content will help keep the tartar build up low.

My tips for feeding bones:

  • Never feed cooked or roasted bones to your pet! When a bone is cooked or roasted the bone structure is altered by the heat which can make them become dangerous
  • If you have a dog that is predisposed to pancreatitis simply defrost the bone, remove the marrow and then feed
  • If you have a dog that is predisposed to pancreatitis simply defrost the bone, remove the marrow and then feed
  • Always follow the Four Paw’S’ points!

    Size
    – you may initially have to teach your pet to eat bones, especially if they like to gulp their food. Start with a bone larger than the size of your pet’s head to ensure it can’t be swallowed.

    Supervise
    – always supervise your pet when feeding bones.

    Separate
    – if you have a multi-dog household separate them when feeding bones. Bones are a high value food and pets may fight over them!

    Support
    – if in doubt always seek advice before beginning to feed bones.

For any other questions regarding feeding bones to your pet, contact the RaaW team today, they will be able to help you!

Bianca Major
Written by Bianca Major

Bianca Boulton-Major BSc (hons), PGDip Nutrition & Canine Nutrition, MSFTR, CPN. Member of the American Association of Veterinary Nutrition, FNTP, RFVS, prov APBC, GODT & CHC Major Referrals- Nutritional Consultancy Service

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