Frequent When can I start giving my puppy bones? Expert Advice

What bones are safe for puppies?

Some of the most common and healthy chew for dogs that you can find at your local pet store, include: Bully sticks for dogs. Bully sticks are shaped like natural bones, but they have a softer texture that are more palatable and easy to digest. Bully sticks are some of the best chews to give your dog.

Can I give my puppy chicken bones?

Raw bones – yes, even raw chicken bones – are actually quite beneficial for dogs. … When chewed by your dog, cooked bones can crack and splinter leading to painful cuts to the mouth and gums, or, worse, can lead to choking, internal injuries, punctured organs, and death.

Physical Benefits Of Chewing A Bone

Potato chips have different textures – they must work like a toothbrush, right? Of course, I’m being cynical … but many dry pet food labels claim to clean pets’ teeth.

In my experience as a veterinary technician, dry food results in plaque! But chewing on bones really does help clean dogs’ teeth. And for puppies, bones can aid the teething process, including loosening baby teeth.

The exercise your dog gets while working on a bone helps stretch and tone muscles, tendons and ligaments from her jaw all the way to her tail.

We enjoy watching our dogs’ acrobatics while they’re devouring a bone. They turn their heads from side to side and do lunges, flexing their legs and hips. They work on improving the dexterity of their paws. And they use their dewclaws to clasp onto ragged edges.

These movements can even help prevent future injuries. Canine cruciate ligament, hip, elbow and back injuries or diseases often involve surgery. And many weeks of rehabilitation. It’s a long process because ligaments get limited blood supply.

So why not strengthen these parts before a problem arises? Bone chewing gives puppies valuable non-weight bearing joint exercise.

Appropriate exercise in growing puppies is important. You want to save those long walks and high jumps for adulthood. Start with short walks for leash training and normal puppy playtime exercise, with plenty of rest and bone chewing in between.

This physical exercise gets rid of pent-up energy so your pup is less likely to misbehave.

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I’ve talked to many puppy owners lately who complain of hyper and unruly behaviors. Often the conversation includes stories of all the things the puppy has chewed.

In contrast, my husband and I have a lovely puppy who doesn’t chew on things she shouldn’t. She gets many compliments on her mature demeanor. I can say the same about the puppy we raised before her.

I can give credit to both their breeders for superb pedigrees. But another significant difference is a raw diet that includes recreational bones for puppies.