Dog Bone Cheatsheet: The Serious Differences Between the Types of Dog Bones

Dog Bone Cheatsheet: The Serious Differences Between the Types of Dog Bones

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When people think of dogs, they invariably think of them chewing, chasing, and burying bones—a treat that seems to be universally loved by dogs of all shapes and sizes. However, while your fur baby might be willing to gnaw on just about any “bone” you drop on the floor, that doesn’t mean that all types of dog bones are equally nutritious and safe for your pet.

In fact, in the world of dog bones, the gap in overall quality and nutritional benefits from one bone to the next can be very significant. So, how do you make sure you’re purchasing the best and most appropriate bones for your buddy? Take a look at our Dog Bone Cheatsheet and confidently pick out the perfect treat or delicious supplement for your pooch:

Primal Dog Bone Cheatsheet 

 

Rawhide Bones

  • Made from the chemically-treated hide of cows and pigs
  • Used primarily as a treat
  • Hide is bleached, colored, and often flavored before being rolled into bones
  • Potential risk for choking or stomach obstruction

Nylon/Rubber Bones

  • Formed from synthetic nylon or rubber
  • Used primarily to clean teeth
  • Potential risk for swallowing or choking on smaller pieces

Cooked/Bleached Bones

  • Made from natural bones that are cooked, bleached, or both
  • Used primarily as a treat
  • Lacks the texture and nutrients of raw bones
  • Potential risk for cracking and swallowing smaller pieces

Raw Recreational Bones (available from Primal)

  • To be fed in addition to normal diet
  • Exercises jaws, massages gums, and cleans teeth
  • Must be fed under supervision
  • Not intended to be totally consumed
  • Maintains all nutritional benefits of the bone
  • Excellent source of hydration and moisture

Raw Meaty Bones (available from Primal)

  • Can account for up to 30% of your pet’s daily ration
  • Must be fed under supervision
  • Can be totally consumed
  • Maintains all nutritional benefits of the bone
  • Excellent source of hydration and moisture