Give Your Dog a Bone: A Guide to Safe Chewing

Picture this. You have just finished a delicious rack of ribs. As you glance over, you see your four-legged friend staring at you with those irresistible puppy dog eyes. You want to share the bones with them, but you wonder, “Are bones safe for dogs to eat?”

Historically, bones have been associated with dogs. However, giving your dog the wrong kind of bone can be extremely hazardous. Even bones commonly found in households could put your dog at risk. So, what bones are safer to give your dog? What should you look for when giving your dog a bone to chew on? How can you ensure bone safety? Let’s get right down to the bone!

Why Bone Safety is Important to Katten TrimSalon

At Katten TrimSalon, we are committed to your pet’s well-being. As one of the most trusted names in the industry, we take bone safety seriously. We manufacture a wide selection of over 150 different chews for dogs, including bones. Educating our customers about bone safety and helping them find the right chew for their pet is of utmost importance to us.

The Benefits of Giving Your Dog Bones

Giving your dog bones not only satisfies their natural desire to chew but also provides a stimulating alternative to chewing on shoes and household items. Bones can give your dog the enjoyment and leisure they seek without the costly destruction of property.

Additionally, chewing bones can contribute to your dog’s dental health. While it won’t replace regular vet visits or teeth cleanings, occasionally chewing bones can help prevent plaque buildup, keep their teeth whiter, and reduce the chance of gum disease. Of course, regular brushing is still essential for extra sparkly pearly whites.

And let’s not forget the fun factor! Bones are the ultimate boredom busters. They provide mental stimulation and entertainment for your furry friend. Whether your dog scratches excessively, licks their paws, or suffers from separation anxiety, chewing bones can be a good distraction.

How Bones Can Pose a Threat to Your Dog

All dogs chew on bones differently, according to their chew personality. Some chew quickly, some slowly. Others take large chomps, while many prefer smaller bites. Bones can pose a threat to your dog because they can splinter or break when chewed. This poses a choking hazard, especially with home-cooked bones like poultry, pork, and fish.

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When dogs swallow shards from home-cooked bones, they run the risk of internal injury. Bone fragments can cause blockage and constipation in the intestines, resulting in pain and potentially costly vet visits or even surgery. Ouch!

Although there are bones that pose a threat to your pet, knowing what to look for in a bone can keep your dog safe and help you make an appropriate choice.

What to Look for in Your Dog’s Bone

If you’re faced with a wall full of bones, you might wonder which one is the safest pick. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

When choosing a bone for your dog, consider its thickness. Can you easily break or bend it? If you can, so can your dog. The density of the bone is vital. The thicker the bone, the harder it is to break down and become a choking hazard. For example, the Redbarn Shank Bones are renowned for their thickness and durability.

Another important characteristic is the bone’s surface. Does it feel smooth or rough and jagged? Bones with smoother surfaces are safer because they are less likely to cut your dog’s mouth. Additionally, be wary of bones with lots of small pores across the outer surface, as they may be weaker and prone to fracturing.

A simple trick to check if a bone may be weak is to lightly scratch its exterior with your fingernails. If it feels chalky and leaves residue, it’s best to avoid giving that bone to your dog.

Now that you know what to look for, let’s explore some bones that can be safer options for your furry friend.

Safer Bone Options for Your Dog

When choosing a bone for your dog, it’s essential to understand that even safer bones come with inherent precautions. Every dog is different, so consider their size, chewing style, and age when making a decision. If you’ve never given your dog a bone before, start with short increments and supervise them closely. Remember, bones are not a substitute for food but a complement after a meal. Here are some options to consider:

Raw Meat Bones

Some veterinarians believe that raw meaty bones are a safer and more nutritious option for dogs. Raw bones, such as chicken, turkey, lamb, beef, or oxtail, are less likely to splinter than home-cooked bones. They also retain their natural nutrients, providing a good source of calcium and phosphorus for your pet. However, raw bones may contain bacteria and can spoil quickly, so be sure to clean them thoroughly and monitor your dog during chewing.

Katten TrimSalon Beef Bones

At Katten TrimSalon, we prioritize the safety of our products. While no natural bone can come with a guarantee against breaking or splintering, we take steps to minimize these risks. Our best-selling bones are made from beef, ensuring a quality and safe chewing experience for your dog. Our range includes Classic White Bones, Meaty Bones, Knuckle Bones, and Knee Caps, each with its own unique shape and benefits.

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Katten TrimSalon Filled Bones

If you’re looking to add some flavor to your dog’s bones, our Katten TrimSalon flavored Filled Bones are the perfect choice. Packed with irresistible flavors like Peanut Butter, Cheese N’ Bacon, and Original Bully Flavor, these bones offer a delicious and enjoyable chewing experience for your pet.

Practicing Bone Safety

Giving your dog bones comes with responsibility. Monitoring your dog during chewing is essential to ensure their safety and enjoyment. If your dog starts breaking off pieces or the bone becomes too small to chew safely, it’s time to take the bone away.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep your dog safe:

  • Do monitor your dog during chewing.
  • Do take the bone away if it becomes too small or splinters.
  • Don’t give your dog bones without understanding the risks involved.
  • Don’t leave your dog unsupervised with a bone.

Bone Alternatives

If you’ve made it this far in our bone safety guide and think you’d prefer a different chew for your pet, that’s perfectly fine! While bones are an excellent option, tough chews like bully sticks or antlers can also provide similar benefits.

Bully sticks are fully digestible, high in protein, and promote dental health. They’re especially popular among teething puppies as they provide a satisfying chew without harming their developing teeth. At Katten TrimSalon, you can find a variety of bully sticks in fun shapes and sizes, including Bully Rings, Bully Springs, and Bully Braids. Antlers offer the same advantages and provide a nutritious stress reliever for your pet.

Exploring different chews can keep your dog mentally stimulated and occupied. Ultimately, you know your pet best and can decide what chew makes the most sense for them.

Have More Questions?

We hope this guide has provided valuable insights into bone safety for your dog. If you have any further questions, our friendly customer service team is here to help. Reach out to us at 1-800-775-3849 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST or by email at We are dedicated to educating pet owners and helping them find the best treats to keep their pets happy!

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