There are a few things people know for sure: the sky is blue, the sun will come out tomorrow and dogs love bones. Big or small, young or old, pooches need to be stimulated with things to gnaw on, like chew toys, dental chews, toys, or your shoes. But they especially love bones….and your shoes!
Dogs have an innate need to chew things, it’s part of their doggy DNA. Puppies like to chew as a way of exploring the world around them, and just like a human baby does, a pup will also chew things when he’s teething. Older dogs chew to keep their teeth clean and remove any plaque buildup. It keeps their jaws nice and strong and it curbs boredom.
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|Petsnack Roast Knuckle Bone|
|Nylabone Dura Chew|
|Antos Antler dog chew – Available in 3 sizes|
|Yuppie Puppy Marrow Bone With Jerky Flavour|
|Nylabone Dura Chew Plus|
- 1 The Best Dog Bones for Your Pooch
- 2 The Benefits of Bones for Dogs
- 3 Age:
The Best Dog Bones for Your Pooch
1.Petsnack Roast Knuckle Bone
The Petsnack Roast Knuckle Bones from T. Forrest & Sons sound like something you’d find at an award-winning restaurant. The delicious pork knuckle bones are slow roasted and provide a healthy chewing option for your dog. They’re suitable for all sizes and the fact they’re available in a bulk pack of 20 truly is a ‘dogsend’.
The company started off as a small family-run business back in 1937. Today they’re still going strong, producing tasty and wholesome pet food. They pride themselves on using 100% natural ingredients that are sourced locally.
2.Nylabone Dura Chew
The original Dura Chew from Nylabone is made from nylon and has a long-lasting, real chicken flavour with natural juices. The large-szied bone is textured with nubs and ridges, which stimulates your pup’s gums, fights plaque build-up and reduces tartar while encouraging healthy chewing habits. This particular product is suitable for the more aggressive chewers, and is available in different sizes and flavours.
Nylabone has been making chew products for dogs since 1955, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. Their dental chews, long-lasting chews and chew toys are recommended by vets around the world, and by us.
3. Antos Antler dog chew – Available in 3 sizes
Let’s start off by saying no animals were hurt in the making of this product! Antos Antler Dog Chews are from Fallow Deer and Red Deer, herds found in the Scottish highlands. To make them, they are cleaned, without any chemicals, the sharp points are removed and then they are cut to size.
Unprocessed with no preservatives, the long-lasting antlers are tasty, calcium-rich treats that don’t give off any smell and because it is ground down, there is very little mess. Because they’re 100% natural, they vary in size and shape, as well as colour; some are dark brown while others are a grey-white.
4.Yuppie Puppy Marrow Bone With Jerky Flavour
As the bone is chewed, the loose shavings mimic a toothbrush, stimulating the gums and removing plaque and tartar build-up. Unlike traditional chew bones, the nylon Yuppie Puppy marrow bone lasts for ages and is perfect for aggressive chewers.
We also like that it doesn’t get soggy or sticky, even after a marathon chew session. The bones are available in x-small, small, medium, large and x-large.
5.Nylabone Dura Chew Plus
The different textures on the Dura Chew Plus work together to massage the gums clean teeth, while the delicious chicken flavour keeps your pup interested.
The nylon bone can be washed, which means Fido can bury it and carry on chewing where he left off.
6.Nylabone Pro-Action Dental Chew
The chew has a triple-texture that massages your dog’s gums, cleans his teeth and leaves his breath face-licking fresh. The hard ridges and nubs are designed to scrape plaque and tartar build-up off the teeth, while the soft rubber middle massages his gums. It’s not just a taste sensation, it’s a sensory explosion in his mouth.
The Pro-Action Chew is a must-have for powerful chewers.
7.Buffalo Horn Dog Chew
Dogs love the taste and texture of Buffalo Horn chews. Buffalo horns are steamed to release the unique flavour and spongy core. The all-natural treat has no preservatives or additives and it promotes healthy teeth and gums.
The horns are available in medium and large, but because it’s a natural product the sizes do vary. Also, because they’re really hard, they’re not suitable for puppies or older dogs.
8.Good Boy Chicken Filled Bone
Who’s a good boy? Treat your dog to a delicious bone that’s filled with chicken in the middle. The calcium-rich bone provides essential minerals and nutrients your dog needs and keeps him busy. The chicken bone is a natural product, so it’s best enjoyed on a slobber-proof surface.
As is the case with all natural dog bones, the Good Boy Chicken Filled Bone isn’t 100% splinter proof, so it’s best not to leave your dog alone with it.
It might take a little time to find a bone your pup loves, but it’s worth it in the end. There are more than enough kinds to choose from, with different flavours and textures. They’re affordable, easy to come by and he’ll be happy and healthy.
The Benefits of Bones for Dogs
Bones are good for your dog for a number of reasons and nowadays you can find a wide variety to choose from. It might take some taste-testing to find the perfect one for your pooch, but there’s a wide range to choose from and they’re affordable.
Dog bones have several benefits including:
Bones are made up of a mineral called calcium phosphate that promotes growth and supports a dog’s skeletal system. In raw bones, the calcium can be four times more digestible than shop bought supplements. For larger-breed puppies, who grow quickly, bones are especially important for those much-needed calcium boosts.
If you’re trying to manage your plump pooch’s weight, a bone makes a good snack for after his meal, or to keep him busy while you’re eating. The chewing takes his mind off food and satiates his hunger.
For dogs that do a fair amount of self-licking and scratching, a bone will keep him distracted and promote a healthier habit instead.
Helps with Tummy Problems
Believe it or not but a bone is good for tummy problems. The extra roughage will keep him regular, it’ll help stimulate the anal gland and it cleans out the digestive tract.
There is no shortage of bone products on the market, in fact, quite the opposite. But with so many claiming to be the very best, or the most natural, how do you know which one is the real deal?
There are a few important factors to consider when deciding on a bone, including:
The age of a dog is important. Puppies, up to a year old (up to 2-years old for larger breeds) shouldn’t be given anything hard to chew like hooves, antlers or water buffalo horns. When their puppy teeth have been replaced with adult teeth, hard bones are perfect.
If your puppy is new and you’re still figuring each other out, give her things like hides or bully sticks and keep a close eye on her chewing habits. Is she an aggressive chewer? Does she try and swallow pieces of the bone in one go or does she gradually chew it down? Watching her chewing habits will help you figure out which bones to buy as she gets older.
Always, and we mean always, make sure the size of the bone is suitable for your dog. He mustn’t be able to fit the entire bone in his mouth, not even as a ‘pawty’ trick.
Lamb, pork and chicken bones are brittle and a larger dog could easily swallow them, resulting in a blockage. They are also prone to splintering, which can cause serious damage too.
The best bones for medium sized dogs to giant breeds are knuckles, jumbos and cut femurs. Smaller dogs are fine with most bones, as long as they’re not too hard or are known to break or splinter.
If you notice your dog is a particularly enthusiastic or aggressive chewer, avoid bones like water buffalo horns and antlers. These can be hard on a dog’s teeth. Products like bully sticks are a better option. Of course, you’ll have to buy more of these but that’s still better than dealing with a cracked tooth that needs fixing.
Some dogs like to chew with their back teeth. If this sounds like your pooch, give him softer bones, as the back teeth are more brittle and can break or chip easily.