Bella, she is my 9 month old puppy and she is in a chewing stage. If we don’t give her bones then she goes for clothes, or furniture. We’ve been buying here rawhide bones and she will chew one up in a day or two. I started thinking, are rawhides ok for her? especially how many she goes through. This is what I found out….
One site says:
Contrary to popular belief, those yummy little rawhide bone treats we give our dogs can be quite bad for them.
Pick up a rawhide treat now-they come in all shapes and sizes. Some come in the rectangular flat disks, while others are cleverly twisted into replicas of real bones. They all have one thing in common though-the ability to make a dog very, very ill.
Rawhide’s need to be ingested in very small sizes to allow it to be digested properly without hurting or making a dog sick. Most puppies are in a hurry to eat eat eat and so they chew the bones and swallow large pieces which then can’t be digested properly. One recommendation is that you buy a very large bone so that they don’t have a choice but to chew it and only be able to get a little bit off at a time.
Another site says:
According to Tom Lonssdale, BVSc, MRCVS, a veterinarian in New South Wales, Australia and author of Raw Meaty Bones Promote Health, raw bones are but a natural, healthy food for dogs.
Bones for dogs, especially those that contain some meat, provide your canine pet with protein. What’s more, they contain a balance of essential minerals which your dog needs.
“They also serve as nature’s toothbrush,” Lonssdale adds.
According to Lonssdale in his book, providing your canine friend with bones for dogs helps prevent periodontal disease and can even reverse its effects. Lonssdale further states, “My No. 1 safety warning would be to read up about dietary needs before taking on the responsibility of keeping a carnivore.”
On the other hand, another veterinarian, Ed Sullivan, DVM, of Animal Medical Center, a 24 hour emergency clinic located in Bellingham, Washington, says the exact opposite about bones for dogs. In fact, he outright advises against bones.
He says, “The potential for complications is always there, including bones lodged in the mouth or throat, intestinal obstruction, fractured teeth, and digestive upset.”
Then again, Sullivan adds that he rarely encounters dogs with injury or illness due to eating bones for dogs. He says, “We see way more complications with toys, rocks, plastic bags, clothing, and string than with bones.”
The important thing to remember then is to distinguish between the good bones and the bad. Based on the discussion above, it appears that your dog stands to gain more by eating the occasional bone than not avoiding it completely. Accidents involving bones are rare so it should not stop you from trying to provide your dog with as much nutrients and minerals as only a bone can provide.
Just make certain that the bones you get from the butcher or the grocer are not sharply angled or sawed. Instead, try beef tails and ribs, necks of lamb, chicken, turkey and beef. And get bones for dogs that contain lots of meat attached to them but the fat removed.