Smoked Bones - We do not recommend smoked bones as most smoked bones contain nitrates (preservatives). A big concern is many smoked bones available in today’s pet food shops are made in China. Similarly to the jerky treat concerns from China, smoked bones are not something we would suggest offering regularly to your pet.
Meal Replacement Bones & Recreational Bones - Meal replacement bones are usually non-weight bearing bones that can be eaten entirely. The total weight of the bone counts towards your pet’s total daily food intake as well. Good examples of meal replacement bones would be Naturals Bare Bones - Lamb.
Recreational Bones are weight bearing or hardened bone that is more of a complicated chew. These often have some meat and sinews but are predominately bone and are not intended to be eaten entirely. Good examples of a recreational chewing bone is Marrow bone, or our Naturals Bare Bones - Beef.
How many bones should you feed - With LUNA & me complete meals bones are optional. If you choose to feed bones, we suggest 1 raw bone per week. You can of course choose to feed more or less than this amount. Ideally it should be a mix of both meal replacement and recreational chewing bones.
Bones provide dental benefit (cleaner teeth and gums) but also mental and physical exercise as well. Chewing a raw bone for 30 minutes is equal to a 30 min. walk for your dog.
Why should you feed raw bones - Raw bones provide your dog with physical and mental exercise. Chewing for approximately 20 – 30 min. is equal to a 30 min. brisk walk for your pet! On rainy days, or during colder winter months chewing a raw bone is a great way to provide your pet with additional physical and mental exercise.
Another amazing benefit to a raw bone is it’s ability to clean off plaque and tartar. Raw bones help to clean teeth and gums, and results can be seen in as quickly as 2 -3 days! Clean teeth and gums means fresher breath and a healthier dog!