Are You Feeding Your Pets Safely? 8 Tips for Safe Bone Feeding to Keep Your Pets Healthy and Happy
When it comes to feeding your beloved pets a raw diet, bones are a fantastic addition. They act as nature's toothbrush, keeping those pearly whites clean, while also delivering essential minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Plus, chewing on bones provides exercise for their jaws and keeps their minds active and engaged.
Here are 8 easy-to-follow rules for safely feeding frozen raw bones to your pets:
- Choose the Right Bone
Choosing the right bone is crucial for your pet's safety and enjoyment. You should pick a bone that suits your pet's size and chewing style, reducing the risk of choking or discomfort during consumption.
- Always choose a bone larger than your pet's mouth.
- If you're unsure, consult a holistic nutritionist or a raw-supportive veterinarian for guidance.
- Understand Consumable vs. Recreational Bones
Bones come in two categories: consumable and recreational. Consumable bones can be safely eaten as part of a meal, while recreational bones are better suited for chewing pleasure.
These bones include various nutrients, such as meat, connective tissues, and joint cartilage, making them a great meal replacement.
While they don't offer as much nutrition, these bones provide your pet with a natural and enjoyable chew.
- Never Cook Raw Bones
Raw bones are the way to go! Cooking bones makes them brittle, sharp, and difficult to digest, potentially leading to choking, vomiting, diarrhea, or other issues. Raw bones are naturally rich in essential minerals and nutrients.
- Always Thaw Raw Bones
Feeding frozen bones to your pet can have risks, like choking or tooth fractures. Thaw the bones completely in the fridge (usually 6-12 hours) before serving. This rule applies to most bone types, except for Whole Sardines and Salmon Heads.
- Transition Your Pets Slowly
For pets new to raw diets, start with ground raw bone meals for 14-30 days before introducing whole raw bones. This helps your pet's digestive system adapt to the new diet. Many of our raw meals have bone in them and will help get your pets digestion on track.
- Teach Your Pets How to Chew
Chewing raw bones is a learned behavior, so be patient and supportive, especially if your pet is new to it. Engage the whole mouth for a safe and satisfying chewing experience.
- Always Supervise Your Pet
Keep a close eye on your pet when they're enjoying their bones, especially if they are new to bone chewing. Avoid giving bones on an empty stomach to prevent gulping. For recreational bones, remove them if they are becoming brittle, splintering, or if most of the meat and marrow are gone.
- Know Pet First Aid
Knowing how to perform the Heimlich maneuver is crucial in case of an emergency. It can be a lifesaver if your pet chokes on a bone. Make sure you're prepared for any unforeseen situations.
We hope these tips help you keep your furry friends safe and happy while enjoying the benefits of a raw bone diet. Remember, it's all about ensuring their well-being and satisfaction. If you want to explore the various types of raw bones available for your cats and dogs, visit our website!
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