RMB’s (Raw Meaty Bones)

Bones are one of the most talked about and often feared aspects of feeding a dog, but this fear is unwarranted.
We hope you can find the time to research this information and hope the all misconceptions and myths don’t let your dog miss out from enjoying the pleasures and health benefits of raw meaty bones.
Why feed raw meaty bones? Because dogs are carnivores. Thousands of years of domestication has not changed the nutritional needs nor the digestive system of our pets. Carnivorous pets are best fed according to the food they would eat in the wild. Their dentition, jaws and digestive system are designed to cope with eating and processing raw meat and bones. Dogs and cats have a set of solid molars and extremely strong jaws that enable them to crush and chew raw meaty bones such as necks, backs, wings, ribs and carcasses. Their stomach environment is very acidic (pH1) – able to dissolve raw meat & bones, and to deal with food-borne bacteria that would overwhelm a human whose stomach is alkaline (pH4).

A dog without his bone misses out on all the essential nutrients bones supply including its calcium in perfect balance and form, together with all the other minerals required for healthy bone formation in perfect balance and form. The sheer joy of a dog chewing/gnawing on a bone has health promoting benefits. Chewing releases endorphins which creates a feeling of well-being and boosts the immune system.

Raw Meaty Bones are natures toothbrush to dogs.

Raw meaty bones act as nature's toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss combined, and will keep your dog’s teeth and gums in healthy condition. Bones also provide your dog with a fantastic all round body workout as they stretch, tear, pull and gnaw at their bone. Using their mouth and front feet, your dog will use virtually every muscle in their body.

Failure to clean teeth on a daily basis leads to plaque accumulation, then gingivitis (gum disease) and finally periodontal disease (mouth rot). Periodontal disease can contribute to multiple ailments including organ failure.

Periodontal disease is the most common disease in our pets - it is estimated that 85% of dogs and cats over the age of three years are suffering from periodontal disease to a degree that would benefit from treatment.

Research shows that animals with
periodontal disease are more likely to suffer from liver, kidney and immune system problems.

ONLY FEED RAW, MEATY bones to your dogs. NEVER FEED COOKED BONES. Cooked bones are much harder and more brittle, and splinter easily. The sharp edges of splintered, cooked bones can be dangerous.
Marrow, femurs and knuckle bones.
Although your dog will still take great joy with chewing/gnawing on these bones, they are classed more as recreational bones rather than part of their natural diet. They are too big and hard to be consumed and although the marrow is nutrient rich, there is little nutrient value in hard, dense, weight bearing bones. Also, chewing on these bones too often is likely to break teeth. We would advice limit these sort of bones rather than avoid.

Risks!
Let me repeat this for good measure: RAW bones are completely digestible and are not dangerous for your animal. Cooking changes the structure of the bone, making it indigestible and easily splinterable. Of course with all things there does come risks, just as there’s risks in your dog chewing a stick, playing with a tennis ball or any other of their favourite toys. Here is a simple guide to minimise the risk so you can feed bones with complete confidence.

• Always feed RAW bones, NEVER COOKED!
• Feed appropriately sized bones. Bigger is better.
• Don't leave them out for days to bake in the sun and become brittle
• Throw them away when your dog has finished with them
• Feed raw meaty bones partially frozen. The dog will have to work at it much harder and will be forced to slow down. (This isn’t always necessary)



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