For a long time, disputes have arisen between dog owners about the need to include bones in the diet of their pets. Someone considers them an obligatory addition to the nutrition of their dog, someone is sure that there is more harm from the bones than good. It is about whether to give your dog such a treat, we will talk in this article.
Pros and cons of consuming bones
Today, the myth that a dog should never be given bones is very common. This is not entirely true, because they have many useful properties.
- Raw bones give the dog the opportunity to get a set of easily digestible beneficial substances, for example, they contain calcium, phosphorus and other useful substances. However, it is also important to remember that the bones cannot replace the dog with the necessary nutrition.
- Digestion of the bones strengthens the muscles of the stomach, which helps avoid bloating. They also cleanse the intestines (this is coarse food, which stimulates the waste of excess fecal masses).
- Bones train teeth and clean them. When the dog gnaws them, it works with his teeth and clears them of plaque.
- Eating bones significantly reduces the likelihood of the appearance of diseases of the anal gland.
- Dogs that have the ability to gnaw bones from time to time are less nervous than those of their relatives who do not have this opportunity.
However, often gnawing the bones of dogs is also not recommended. There are reasons for this:
- In addition to benefits, they also cause harm to the teeth. The bones can break during nibbling, damaging the enamel of the permanent tooth. Such problems with the oral cavity make it impossible for an animal to chew food normally.
- When consuming a large number of bones, a dog may suffer from diarrhea and other problems with the chair.
- Quite often there are cases of bone sticking (usually fish or large) in the dog’s throat. There is a possibility that the owner of the dog will be able to pull out the bone on his own, but, most likely, in such cases the help of a specialist is necessary.
- Violation of the cross. Sometimes the bone enters the stomach, but, stuck there, can not go into the intestine. In this case, the dogs appear prolonged bouts of vomiting, it becomes painful process of defecation.
- Bone jams in the intestinal walls are also a common problem that can only be solved with surgery.
What bones should a dog have?
A dog can chew on these types of bones:
- Vertebra bones or cartilaginous
- Brisket (which also has enough meat)
A dog should not eat bones of this type:
- Beef bones (they are often too hard, and dogs, in an attempt to seize the bone, can break their teeth).
- Too hard bones (usually from animals that died in old age).
- Shins or thighs.
Properly chosen bones for gnawing will not harm the dog – they will replenish the body with useful substances and bring pleasure to the dog.
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