Are dehydrated bones safe for dogs?

Bones that are cooked, dehydrated, smoked, air-dried, essentially processed in any way, should never be fed to your pets due to the risk of splintering. When bones are processed, they can become brittle leading to potentially fatal injuries.

When it comes to caring for our canine companions, the safety of their food and treats is of utmost importance. It is for this reason that many pet owners might be hesitant about feeding their dogs dehydrated bones. While there are potential benefits to feeding your dog dehydrated bones, there are also risks that should be considered. This blog post will provide an overview of the potential pros and cons of feeding your canine friend dehydrated bones and highlight key things to consider before making the decision to feed your pooch this type of treat. It is important to note that while dehydrated bones can provide your pup with an enjoyable snack or meal, they should only be used as a supplemental treat or meal and not as a standalone source of nutrition.

#1 Excellent Source of Vitamins and Minerals

Chicken bones that have been dried out are a great source of calcium and glucosamine. Dogs need calcium frequently as they grow, and it can be found in animal bones like chicken necks. Dehydrated chicken bone is also a great source of glucosamine and chondroitin (sulfated glycosaminoglycan), which are compounds that support dogs’ bones and joints.

#2 A High Amount of Protein

Dehydrated chicken bones treat offer numerous benefits to your dogs. Dehydrated chicken bones give dogs natural fiber, among other nutrients, as part of their natural diet. They are an excellent source of protein and niacin.

Benefits of Feeding Bones to Dogs

I know how to feed my dogs bones because I feed them raw meat. However, I must admit that I was initially terrified of bones. I’ve read many horror stories, some of which ended with very expensive vet bills and others with far worse outcomes. What if my dog chokes?, what if my dog has an impaction?, what if a bone shard punctures my dog’s digestive tract or esophagus? Why would anyone gamble with bones given the dangers?

Once I got over my fear, I realized that giving our dogs raw bones has a lot of advantages.

  • raw bones clean the teeth and gums, scraping tarter along the gumline and keeping the teeth white and the breath fresh; when dogs eat raw bones, they stimulate enzymes in their saliva that helps to break down tartar
  • raw bones satisfy our dogs chew drive and Im convinced that the act of chewing bones releases endorphins in the brain because my dogs seem so calm and happy during and after a chew session
  • raw bones provide vital minerals and nutrients; specifically, calcium is excellent for our dogs bone health and its easier to absorb than supplemental products
  • raw bones serve to give me a break because when the dogs are enjoying a session, I sit back and watch (I always monitor their chew sessions) and take a break from the day
  • And it’s nice to have a backup option available, such as air-dried or freeze-dried bones, if we can’t feed raw bones.

    Are dehydrated bones safe for dogs?


    Can you give dogs dehydrated bones?

    Yes, dogs and cats can benefit greatly from dehydrated bones. For some dogs, they can be an excellent introduction to chewing on fresh, raw bones. Dehydrated bones should be supervised when feeding.

    Why are dehydrated bones safe for dogs?

    They are the best and safest bones for your dog because they are dehydrated. Dehydrated bones crumble and break apart rather than splintering like cooked bones, making them safer for dogs to eat. Great to keep your pooch entertained and healthy.

    Can dogs eat dehydrated chicken bones?

    Key facts. Chicken necks can be fed to dogs fresh or dehydrated. The dehydrated versions are typically slowly air-dried, but they can also be dried in an oven, a dehydrator, or by being freeze-dried. Avoid dried chicken necks that have been overheated because the bones may become brittle and sharp.

    How long do dehydrated dog bones last?

    The largest chews could take up to two weeks, while larger treats and pig ears might take a few days. When your treats are completely dry, stiff, and unbending, they are finished. Since these treats don’t contain any preservatives to lengthen their shelf life, keep them in the fridge and consume them within a few weeks (or freeze them for up to six months)!