Your pet must be completely on a raw meat diet for about a month before bones should be introduced. You can introduce bones in the way of ground bones in the meat (chicken carcasses which are ground),as well as bones to chew on. In order to digest properly, bones should be extremely fresh and raw (NEVER cooked). A bone can be given 2-3 times per week and can be given in place of a meal. Initially the bone should be given once per week.
**Not all types of bones are safe!
** **For small pets (cat, small dogs): chicken necks are good. For small dogs we recommend holding onto the neck at first to be sure they are chewing it. When it is less than 1/2″ long, throw it out. **For big dogs: turkey necks, femur bone, knuckle bones. Once they are the size of a golf ball, throw them out!
**when introducing a bone to a pet, always monitor your pet carefully. If your pet tends to be greedy and may swallow a large piece of bone, then remove the bone before this happens, or do not give bones. Use your judgment. You know your pet and can determine if this will be a problem. Other options for keeping teeth clean are bully sticks. We do not recommend raw hides or other non-digestible items like pigs ears or “greenies”.
**bones must be fresh. Do not feed bones which have become dry (from sitting outside or indoors) as this makes it possible for them to splinter and is dangerous for your pet. Never feed your pet cooked bones.
**if your pet has white, or very hard stool, or is straining this could be a sign of too much bone. In this case decrease by 50% the amount of either 1) the ground in bone raw meat (replace by boneless raw meat) or 2) the number of times a raw bone is fed.