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In this article, you will find out what meaty bones are, what advantages and disadvantages they have and what you should look out for when giving them to your dog.

What are meaty bones?

Fleshy bones are bones that still contain a lot of meat, tendons, cartilage and skin. They are not to be confused with pure bones, which contain little or no meat. Meaty bones can come from different animals, for example cattle, pigs, sheep or poultry. They can be fed raw or cooked.

What are the benefits of meaty bones?

Meaty bones have several advantages for dogs. They are

  • A natural source of protein, calcium, phosphorus and other nutrients that are important for healthy muscles, bones and teeth.
  • An activity for the dog that satisfies his hunting and chewing instincts and prevents boredom.
  • A way to clean teeth and reduce tartar, as the meat and cartilage rub off plaque.
  • A treat that makes the dog happy and strengthens its bond with you.

What are the disadvantages of meaty bones?

Meaty bones also have some disadvantages for dogs. They can

  • cause digestive problems if the dog eats too much or too quickly, or if the bone is too hard or too big. Possible symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, constipation or flatulence.
  • Lead to injuries in the mouth or digestive tract if the dog swallows sharp or pointed bone fragments. Possible symptoms are blood in the saliva or feces, pain when eating or swallowing or apathy.
  • Calcium overdose can occur if the dog is given too much or too many meaty bones. This can disrupt the balance of calcium and phosphorus in the body and lead to kidney damage or growth problems.
  • Malnutrition if the dog is only given meaty bones and no other food. This can lead to a lack of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

What do I have to consider when giving my dog meaty bones?

If you give your dog meaty bones, there are a few things you should bear in mind:

  • Choose the right size and type of bone for your dog. The bone should be larger than your dog's head and not break or splinter easily. Avoid poultry bones or rib bones, for example.
  • Only give your dog raw or cooked meaty bones. Raw bones are softer and more elastic than cooked bones and therefore less dangerous for the dog. Cooked bones are also fine as long as they are not fried or seasoned. Avoid smoked or cured bones, for example.
  • Only give your dog fresh or frozen meaty bones. Make sure the bones are not spoiled or moldy. Keep them in the fridge or freezer and give them within a few days of purchase.

Meaty bones are bones that contain a lot of meat, tendons, cartilage and skin. They are a natural source of protein, calcium, phosphorus and offer benefits such as dental care, activity and a strengthening of the bond with the dog owner. However, they can cause digestive problems, injuries, calcium overdose and malnutrition. When feeding meaty bones, choosing the right size and type, preparation and storage is important to minimize the risks.

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If you notice any signs of hypersensitivity or poisoning in your dog, you should see your vet immediately. We are not a substitute for a vet, but we try to be as accurate as possible. Every dog reacts differently and we recommend you get a second opinion or consult your vet if in doubt.

Stay healthy and take good care of your four-legged friend!😊

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