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How to Introduce Bones to A Raw Pet Food Diet

Carcasses and bones come in all shapes and sizes and are an excellent workout for your pet. Here's how you can introduce them into your pet's raw diet.

Introducing Bones to the Raw diet

Carcass and bones come in all shapes and sizes and are an excellent workout for your pet and they also provide good, mental and physical benefits through the processes of actually trying to eat the meat of the bone. The action of chewing on a bone is incredibly beneficial as not only does it help to keep their teeth clean by naturally scraping tartar from the teeth, they also have to think about how they are going to eat this meal & then that will lead to them having to use their paws to hold down the bone & then use the jaw & neck muscles to chew the meat from the bone. It is incredably satisfying meal that helps to relax and keep your pet happy as all of these processes involved in eating a bone, release natural positive endorphins.

What bones are safe to eat?

All Raw bones are safe to feed. There are no ovens in the wild & whilst our four legged friends have become domesticated we believe their natural food source is still Raw. Their hinged jaw is still designed to chop & crush unlike us humans who’s jaw functions do allows us to chew our food.

Soft Bones

We class these as non weight bearing bones, such as the bones in a chicken carcass. They are soft & supple providing a meal. Hence we sometimes refer to these as meal bones - this video perfectly illustrates this.

Meal bones

Some of the following products are great meal bone options: Lamb Ribs - Turkey Necks - Lamb Necks - Duck Carcass - Duck Necks

Hard Bones

In our case & the bones we sell at Nurturing by Nature, these are Marrow Bones, Beef Ribs & Knuckle Bones. Hard dense bones that we class as recreational Bones. A weight bearing bone of a large animal creating a hard dense bones. These are ideal as a treat, with some meat on them to provide interest but not enough for a meal. In the case of a marrow bone the richly nutritious marrow at the centre of the bone provides an irritable treat packed full of nutrients. We do understand that within the raw feeding community some people shy away from hard bones but we believe if everything if done within moderation you will have no issues & also spend time understanding how your animals eat their food. If your dogs chomps down hard on everything then these hard bones may not suit, however if your animal spends time inspecting their food & takes care at meal times you’ll have no issues.

What bone is right for my animal?

In simple, a bone bigger than their head. A bone to big so that they can’t swallow it in one. The rest is down to them & you. It’s not much fun when your house turns into a war zone because your 16yr old blind West is under the stairs guarding her prized marrow bone that she doesn’t want to eat!!! We believe raw feeding has to fit into our modern busy lives but spend time to get to understand how your four legged friend eats their food & what suits your lifestyle. It might be that a marrow bone on the weekend gives you just enough time to enjoy the paper & a cup of tea or a Rec bone in the garden provides a great distraction & entertainment that saves you throwing the favourite toy 1000 times.

I was told Bones are dangerous?

Raw bones are natural & as seen on many wild life documentaries they are part of the readily available diet, nature naturally provides. By feeding a sized appropriate bone (basically too big so it can’t be swallowed in one.) & feeding in moderation, (ie, once a week), you’ll not have any issues. Spend time getting to know your four legged friend & understand how they eat by doing this you soon be able to get to know what bones will & will not suit your animal.

Cooked bones are dangerous!! So never feed a cooked bone! When a bone is cooked all of the tiny air pockets inside of the bone expand & the bones become brittle, with a risk of splintering. Most of us have cracked a Chicken wish bone, this is because the bones have become brittle after cooking.

What bones do we sell?

We sell a range of different types of bones please follow this like to see our bone selection.

You should always supervise your animal when feeding a bone & whilst we understand that out in the wild a human would not be on hand - it seems silly in the modern world not to stay close to keep an eye at feeding times. For a number of different reasons really; This may be a new meal & your pet might not be use to the bone, so you can encourage, the bone might be too small/big & you just want to remove the meal then feed an alternative. Your dog will naturally just want to swallow the meal & this may make you feel nervous, so don’t feed it.

Always feed an appropriate sized bone to your pet, by appropriate, a bone that is to big for them to swallow. In the wild Cat’s & dogs would naturally just want to swallow their food to avoid another pack animal snatching their meal. By feeding a bone big enough so they can’t swallow it in one go you’ll avoid any issues.

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