Dogs and their ancestors have been chewing on bones for at least 65 million years (when primitive carnivorous mammals, Miacids, first appeared on Earth).
Some supervision and common sense are required when feeding a bone to a dog:
- Dogs that swallow large chunks, or get diarrhea from bones, should not be fed them.
- Bones should not be fed to excess (can cause compaction in the stomach).
One or two large bones per week is a suitable amount.
- Safe types of bones should be fed (raw, relatively large bones or soft rib and brisket bones).
Do not feed cooked bones.
- As always, long green grass should be available to your dog, in case it swallows something it shouldn’t (see “Grass for dogs”)