Biologically canines – active predators, big game hunters. In order to grab, hold and break prey, their ancestors needed to have powerful jaws and well developed jaw muscles, which require constant training.
So when a well-fed home Ralph or a purebred Sharik begins, rumbling in his corner, to process, holding his paws, a strong bone is not just a habit or fun. This is an ancient instinct, which is recorded in canine genes for millions of years of evolution.
From what has been said, it is clear that the bone for the dog is not at all "a secondary food product", but only a "sports equipment", and the edible food is rather relative. But, like any sports equipment, it must meet the safety requirements.
Do chicken bones meet these requirements?
If we are talking about the tubular bones of different legs and wings, the answer is unequivocal – no, they do not answer. And that’s why.
Another thing – thin tubular chicken bones. Their dog will crush instantly and immediately swallow it, like regular food. He will not get any pleasure from the process of “working on the bone”. Even the actual muscles of the dog jaws do not have time at the same time how to feel the burden of this fleeting work. What kind of "training" here?
But when a dog sees through the tubular chicken bones, they are scattered into long and sharp fragments that can cause trouble. Dogs, like all canid predators, swallow food without chewing.
In this case, fragments of bones that are swallowed by a dog can very easily injure the esophagus, stomach and intestines of the animal. In addition, the dogs’ digestive system is not very adapted to the processing of bird’s bones – after all, their ancestors hunted mainly hares and deer, and not chickens and quails.
The consequences of swallowed acute bone can be the most severe – up to perforation of the intestine, to peritonitis. And not always even timely help, which, most likely, will require surgery, will be able to save the dog.
Is there any benefit?
We found out that the potential harm that chicken bones can cause to your friend is enough to remove them from the dog’s diet once and for all. Now a few words about some good.
In general, bones, especially raw ones, are quite a complete source of calcium and phosphorus for an animal’s body, and protein — that is, associated cartilage and meat residues.
But two or three random chicken tubular bones, even raw, can bring almost no tangible benefit. Moreover, they are digested quite badly. But it can easily serve as a source of infection brought from an unknown poultry farm.
Council There is a nutritious product that can be easily categorized as chicken bones. This is chicken neck. They contain a sufficiently large amount of animal protein, as well as calcium and phosphorus.
The only thing that should be remembered is that with long storage, all by-products lose their beneficial properties. Frozen chicken necks should be stored no more than 2-4 months.
Boiled or raw?
We have already found out that the tubular bones of chicken legs or wings are not suitable as feed either raw or cooked.
As for chicken offal, which also contains bone material, they do not need to be specially cooked. Moreover, it is undesirable. Cooked chicken necks completely lose all their nutritional value.
When their bones get into the dog’s stomach, they are not digested, but simply crumble into dust. Such dust in a large number sticks together in lumps, and this can cause intestinal obstruction.
This is especially dangerous for a small animal. It is enough to scald the product with boiling water and cool it. Such scalded chicken necks are safe to give even a puppy.
Council Another option is to boil the dog porridge with the addition of raw meat products. The addition of meat and bone mince is well suited – so to speak, “for smell”. Your friend will eat such porridge with great pleasure.
There, by the way, when cooking you can put in for the broth and the usual tubular chicken bones. When the porridge is ready, such bones, of course, should be thrown away. Any kind of cereal is suitable for cereal – wheat, barley, oatmeal, pearl barley, rice.
Which is better?
Most veterinarians firmly believe that chicken bones can not be given to dogs at all. The benefits of them are very doubtful, and the possible harm is quite real. Therefore, the question – which of the chicken bones to give the animal "better" and which "worse" – should be closed once and for all. None
Of course, there is almost certainly no harm from the intercepted little chicken bone. But if by illiteracy feed the dog residues from a whole chicken, and even do so regularly, the consequences can be sad.
Unusual and difficult to digest food naturally leads to digestive disorders, diarrhea, constipation and even more sad consequences described above.
In addition, a large dog chicken bones will not deliver any pleasure, even if it intends to simply "chew on the bone." For training the jaws and just for fun it is better to offer your pet something different, more substantial.
According to most dog breeders, any meat and bone mince offered for the nutrition of the wards is a cheap product, but at best useless. Its nutritional value is minimal. There is practically no meat in it. It mainly consists of milled bones with a low content of cartilage and bone marrow.
Even if we are not talking about perforation of the intestines and peritonitis in this case. But even minor injuries, even scratches of the gastrointestinal tract still remain injuries.
At the damaged site, bacteria will begin to actively develop, and the case may end in intestinal disorder. So do not be surprised that the dog after the "usual stuffing" suddenly started diarrhea.
And what bones can I give?
What does give the dog nibble INSTEAD chick bones? After all, this is not just fun and necessary training of the jaw muscles?
Give her a nice sugar beef bone. If a dog nibbles a quality raw bone, it not only gets pleasure from it. At the same time, your pet cleans teeth and strengthens the gums.
Many breeders believe that it is especially useful to give bites to young dogs, from four months to six months, when their teeth change. Although there are other opinions, often directly opposite.
Important: bone as a delicacy should be given only to WATCHED dog!
Soft, raw bones can be given after the dog has been fed in the evening. A well-fed dog will not gnaw its bone with greed, announcing everything around with a loud crunch. She will long and thoroughly savor the tasty bone, stretching her pleasure.
So, neither adult dogs, nor puppies need to give chicken bones. Of course, if a dog accidentally pulls off a chicken bone, you should not immediately grab the heart and beat the drum. But in such cases it is necessary to monitor the activity of the dog, its behavior on the walking and general well-being with increased attention.
At the first changes in canine behavior or the smallest signs of indigestion, go to the vet immediately!