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Still not feeding raw meaty bones? A marrowbone might be just the bone to start your dog with raw bones in a safe way.

What are they: Usually from the leg section of a bovine animal. Harder denser bones due to their weight bearing requirements when part of the creature they came from. They have a harder outside and softer middle section.
Always Fed Raw – found in the freezer dept of your pet store. Never feed the cooked, fat dipped bones!!! Not only is the fat too rich for most dogs but also the fatty edges are sharp. The bones themselves are dry and very brittle they can easily crack and cause sharp edges too. These types of bones are giving the feeding of nutritious healthy raw bones a bad name.

When to feed them: As highly nutritious leisure time bones that encourage gnawing and tooth cleaning. Gnawing is your dogs natural


Which dogs are best to avoid them:
Puppies whose teeth may not be strong enough yet to cope with them,
Any dog of any age with Weaker Teeth, for the same reason.
Dogs not on a raw diet. For many dogs on a kibble or processed food diet digesting raw bone is more difficult. The top theory behind this is that such a dogs stomach acid is not as strong as it should be, as it doesn’t need to reach low Ph levels to digest the processed food. A less strong acid stomach would find a harder dense bone such as a marrowbone hard to breakdown and digest. It could lead to the bone causing

Why are they so Pawsome:
As part of the ideal raw diet your dog would be enjoying smaller bones as part of his meals. Often gulping, most naturally, a whole chicken wing straight down, or fairly quickly chewing at, and then swallowing, softer raw meaty bones such as a duck neck or turkey neck. Depending on the size of your dog of course.
Although I have even known Chihuahua’s that swallow their chicken wings in one!
Marrowbones are the ultimate antidote to this. They are much harder and bigger bones that make fantastic tooth cleaning, leisure bones.
>They have a softer inside, perfect for attracting your dog to play at getting the yummy inside section out from the harder surrounding edges.
>The consistent gnawing action will be fantastic at helping to keep your dogs teeth clean and sparkly.
>The action of chewing also release heaps of endorphins, which are known to calm a dog and help anxiety related behaviours.
>Chewing and Gnawing on a raw meaty bone is The most natural thing your dog can do. Deep respect to those who allow their dogs to enjoy such dog-like behaviours.
> Your dog will be kept happily occupied for a while, giving you a great opportunity to enjoy some peace and quite!
> Extra nutrition and bone content will be provided, helping firm up stools, especially useful for dogs on low or no bone content minces like tripe or beef.
> Some bigger dog breeds may even enjoy these as part of the diet itself.

What to watch out for:

Small sections of them
Occasionally your dog will reach the end of the bone and try to swallow the last section, for some dogs this will be a safe thing to do – they can digest even that hard bone if their stomach acid is strong, but on some occasions the bone may be gnawed down into an unfortunate sharper shaped section, all I do in this case is pick up the last bit and throw it away.
By the time the dog gets to the stage the bone is that small, not being able to have the last little part will not be a loss to them, another one can be given whole again instead.
Where they leave them in the house! Your dog may not finish the bone in one sitting. That’s fine. I tend to rinse my dog’s marrowbone under the hot tap and stick it in a lidded tub in the fridge for giving back to them another day. Just be sure to bring the bone up to room temperature before you give it back again.
I only keep them in the fridge a couple of days as they tend to get eaten by then, you may choose to do so for longer, treat them as you would you own food/meats.
Properly defrosting them. I do know people who feed these bones frozen. This would have to be your choice depending on your knowledge of your dogs tooth health.
It could be a wonderful treat in the summer, but as these bones are harder than most bones already to leave them frozen would be feeding them in a much harder state than most raw meaty bones would ever be fed.
Getting them from a reliable source: As with all raw pet foods choose a Defra registered supplier wherever possible. Buy them from the freezer of a pet store (or supermarket). Freebies from a trusted butcher could be ok, so long as the butcher has kept them in a safe environment prior to giving them to you. Left out the back in sun is not a particularly safe environment.

Minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Boron, Phosphorus, Zinc
Vitamins A, D, E, K
Essential Fatty Acids
Enzymes including Marrow stem cell nutrients

The ol’ Calcium/Phosphorus query: You are feeding bone to grow and strengthen bone – it has already achieved its balanced created state and so provides the same nutrition to your dog when broken down into their own bodies.
Minerals not only provide strength to nails, hair, teeth, and bone but importantly also play a role in Kidney health.  Quality unprocessed minerals are vital for your dog’s health.

What else is a bit like them:
Beef Ribs or Lamb Ribs: the slightly softer options with many of the same attributes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_wp_posts number=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row]