The Glucosamine and chondroitin found in raw poultry bones are in a "bio-available" form, which means that they are already in the most digestible and ready-to-use, natural form.
Enzymes and amino acids not only aid in digestion and the formation of proteins in the pet's body, they are also an excellent way to clean the pet's teeth. Through the chewing process, the enzymes are actually more effective in breaking down tough layers of plaque than daily brushings!
Maintaining proper calcium and phosphorous levels in your pet's diet is essential. Again, the calcium and phosphorous found in raw poultry bones are in a bio-available form and can easy be used by your pet.
Poultry bones offer a low-fat source of meat and nutrients that can be used to replace up to three of your pet's regular meals per week. Choose poultry bones that are appropriate for the size of your pet and simply feed only the poultry bone for that meal. Always supervise your pet when feeding raw meaty bones.
In addition to all of the nutritional benefits, raw poultry bones are fun for your pet! Adding variety into your pet's diet allows you both a break from the monotony of feeding the same meal every day and allows for varied sources for nutrition. It is very natural for dogs in the wild to seek out and chew on the bones of their prey and they enjoy the process.
Some things to keep in mind when feeding raw poultry bones:
Some dogs can "gulp" the whole bone. This means that they will swallow the whole bone without chewing it. This is actually a very natural way for a dog to eat in the wild, since they do not have the ability to move their jaw from side to side to grind and chew their food. A raw bone is considerably easy for a dog to digest and so it shouldn't cause any digestive issues, as long as your dog is in good health and the bone passes down their esophagus without problem. However, we always suggest that when you feed a raw poultry bone to a "gulper", you hold half of the bone in your hand and let them chew off a small piece first.
Always feed raw poultry bones in a supervised environment. The backyard is a great place to offer one to your pet, but you can also try the bathtub (for smaller pets) or on a sheet in the kitchen. Just remember that this is a raw poultry product and any surfaces or materials that have come in contact with the poultry should be cleaned and disinfected.
Poultry bones can be given to dogs of all ages, but when feeding to a senior pet, or one who has compromised tooth health, be especially diligent in making sure they can handle the raw bone well.
Poultry bones can be used as meal replacements for your pet for up to three meals a week. There is no exact formula for how much raw bone your dog should have instead of their regular meal, but you can estimate based on the size of your dog and the amount of food they usually receive.
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