Since bones serve many purposes for the health of your dog, it is important to make it a part of their meal. Processed dog foods often have bone material present in them but dogs on a raw food diet need to be given bones by their owners. To help owners understand what a raw food diet is and how bones can be incorporated in them, we’ll take a closer look at the diets below.What is a raw food diet?
A food diet is one where you feed your dog homemade meals rather than purchasing processed dog food. This diet involves a large serving of raw meats and bones from chickens, duck, rabbit, fish and more. Individual organ meats are also a staple part of the diet. Although grains are unnecessary, brown rice and oats make for a nice meal for your pooch.Raw food diets have their advantages – they keep your dog energetic while avoiding food allergies. The immune system is also boosted as the maximum nutritional benefit is derived from it. Chewing raw bones helps keep your pooch’s teeth clean. Additionally, chronic diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, skin conditions and more can be eased with a raw food diet. If you are switching from a processed diet to a raw one or vice versa, always consult a vet
before making the move.The nutritional value of bones
Raw bones contain marrow and cartilage; neither of these are bones but they have high nutritional values. The main ingredient in bones are calcium and phosphorus. Both of these need to be balanced in a dog’s body along in order to keep it healthy. Processed dog food sometimes contains too much of either ingredient and could lead to an imbalance. When you are administering raw food however, you can control the ratio and amount for each of these.Incorporating bones into the diet
For raw food diets, meats must make up around 50% of the diet. While adding bones, a 1:1 ratio between meats and bone should be maintained. Typically, smaller bones are better as they provide nutritional benefits present in both meats and bones. The rest of your pooch’s diet must include raw fruits and vegetables.If you prefer to feed your pets boneless meals, you can add bone meal to the dish. Bone meal is cooked bone that has been ground down into powder. It has the same nutritional benefits as whole bones and can be easily added into dishes.Keep in mind that the first few times a raw meal is administered, keep a watchful eye on your dog as they can possibly choke on small bones. Never give your dogs cooked bones as they splinter easily and cause digestive problems for your dog.