Written on Monday, April 26th, 2010

The following are some important notes on bones that will help you properly handle and provide them as supplements for your pet's raw pet food diet.


  • Avoid poultry leg bones (the drumstick). They are long, hollow, and brittle and some pets won't chew them up properly. They can splinter and not be digested properly.
  • Choose bones that are larger than your pet's mouth capacity or 1 to 1 1/2 times the width and girth of the mouth.
  • Supervise your pet while chewing on bones but don't hover or they will try to "wolf" the bone down.
  • Don't panic if your pet regurgitates a bone. It may be too big or too small.
  • Teach your pet to eat their bones slowly by initially holding them while they chew.
  • Feed bones opposite or after the heaviest exercise period.
  • For puppies, kittens, seniors or beginners choose softer more digestible bones like backs and necks.
  • Bones can be messy. Feed them to your pet outdoors, if possible, or on a washable mat.
  • If you have more than one pet feed them the bones separately to avoid squabbles.
  • Exercise common sense and proper hygiene when handling raw bones.

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