If you own a dog, then you are probably aware that most dogs need constant action, especially high energy breeds and puppies. Certain dog treats, synthetic bones, and chews are specifically designed to keep your pet mentally stimulated, busy, and their jaw exercised. These bones are especially helpful for puppies who are teething or dogs that are hyper chewers.
Some synthetic bones and chews are more suitable for certain types of dogs. For instance, breeds with sharp canines, who are prone to aggressive chewing will be less mentally stimulated by a brittle natural chew and would benefit more from a long-lasting, durable synthetic dog bone.
Another big mistake that dog owners make is giving their pets raw bones from their kitchen. Unfortunately, this is a big no-no that can make your dog sick and even cause fatal results.
The phrase “throw a dog a bone” exists for a reason. In the old days, it wasn’t uncommon for pet owners to give their dogs a raw bone from their chicken, t-bone steak, or whatever one might be cooking up in the kitchen. While this might seem like a convenient solution to keep your dog busy and satisfied, raw bones can be dangerous and unhealthy for dogs.
There are a lot of detriments to giving dogs raw bones, whether they are cooked or not. Raw bones can lead to gastrointestinal disorders, vomiting, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, choking, and even death. Most vets and dog experts agree that instead of giving your pet a raw bone, it is better to opt for an edible synthetic bone or hard chew dog treat.
As we mentioned earlier, bones and chews provide a lot of benefits for dogs. They can even help curb behavioral problems.
Dogs are natural chewers and having a bone or chew around might just stop your dog from feeling the need to chew up the couch or the corner of the family coffee table. Beyond keeping your furniture safe, they can also provide health benefits for your pet, including:
Dog bones improve your pet’s dental health. Veterinary dental experts agree that chewing bones can help keep your pet’s gums healthy, along with removing tartar and scraping away bacteria from the teeth.
Dog bones improve jaw strength. Dogs naturally feel an urge to chew as a way to stimulate their jaw bones, since dog food diets do not provide dogs with enough jaw bone stimulation to keep them satiated. Dog bones can help prevent destructive chewing behavior and provide pets with adequate jaw exercise.