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Bone Appetit: The Raw Truth about Cooked and Raw Bones for Pets

At Red Dog Blue Kat, we believe in turning snack time into a delightful experience for your furry companions. Let's dive into the chewy conundrum of bones, unravelling the crucial differences between the risks of cooked and raw bones for dogs and cats. Discover why choosing raw bones is not just a preference but a smart choice for your pet's well-being.


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Dangers of Cooked Bones for Pets

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The Dangers of Cooked Bones: Why Cooked Bones are a No-Go for Dogs and Cats

Leached Goodness: A Soft Bone Turned Brittle

The Cooking Process

Cooking, though a familiar kitchen ritual, perilously transforms bones. Collagen and essential nutrients are leached away, turning a seemingly harmless bone into a brittle hazard. A cooked bone, once in your pup's eager jaws, becomes prone to splintering into jagged pieces.


The Menace of Splinters: More Than a Choking Hazard

Internal Risks

The risks associated with cooked bones extend beyond choking hazards. Jagged splinters pose a dual threat, potentially causing severe internal damage if swallowed. From broken teeth to internal bleeding, the dangers include:

  • Broken Teeth: The hardness of cooked bones can lead to dental disasters during enthusiastic chewing.

  • Mouth Injuries: Bone splinters can pierce your pet's tongue and gums, resulting in painful injuries.

  • Obstructions: Pieces of bone can lodge in the esophagus, trachea, or intestines, causing life-threatening obstructions.

  • Constipation: Bone fragments can contribute to discomfort and constipation for your pet.

  • Internal Bleeding: Sharp bone fragments may pierce internal organs, leading to internal bleeding.

  • Peritonitis: Bacterial infection in the abdomen may occur if bone fragments puncture the stomach or intestines.

  • Pancreatitis: The high-fat content in bones can trigger pancreatitis, adding another layer of health concern.

What to Do if Your Pet Eats a Cooked Bone: Navigating the Aftermath

  • Don't Panic, but Be Vigilant

If your pet manages to sneak a cooked bone, stay calm but vigilant. Look out for signs like gagging, vomiting, lethargy, or discomfort while sitting. If any of these signs appear, it may indicate an injury caused by the cooked bone.

  • Seek Veterinary Treatment

Depending on the size and shape of the ingested cooked bone, seek veterinary treatment promptly if any signs are present. Professional assessment ensures swift intervention, minimizing potential harm to your furry friend.

  • Monitoring the Aftermath

After veterinary advice, closely monitor your dog or cat over the next few days. Ensure the bone safely passes through their digestive system. If troubling signs persist, such as difficulty defecating, blood in the stool, or persistent vomiting, consult your vet again.

Utilizing Cooked Bones Safely: Crafting Pet-Friendly Bone Broth

Wondering how to get all the benefits of bones, why not explore a pet-friendly delight - homemade bone broth? It's a fantastic way to utilize cooked bones without posing risks to your furry friend. For an easy bone broth recipe, check out our blog here and treat your pet to a nutritious, homemade delight.


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RDBK - Raw Bone Selection

Discover the Benefits of Raw Bones for Pets: Healthy Chews for Dogs and Cats

Raw bones offer a satisfying chewing experience that meets your dog's behavioural needs while stimulating them mentally. It's not just a distraction – it keeps your dog away from your favourite slippers!

  1. Opt for a raw bone around the same size as your dog's head to minimize choking risks.

  2. For larger dogs, consider the entertainment and enrichment offered by raw beef and bison knuckle bones.

  3. Supervision is crucial to prevent mishaps when the bone wears down to a size that could be swallowed.

  • From Puppies to Adults: A Bone for Every Dog

Raw bones aren't reserved for adults; they're suitable for young puppies too. Teething puppies have both a psychological and physical need to chew, aiding in the proper development of jaw, skull, neck, and shoulder muscles.

  • Dental Delight: Nature's Toothbrush

Dental maintenance can be a breeze with nature's toothbrush – raw bones. Unlike traditional brushing, the uneven surface of raw bones helps scrape off leftovers from meals. Natural enzymes in raw bones assist in eliminating biofilm from your pet's mouth, contributing to better oral health. Learn more by reading Raw Bones and Dental Health: Nature's Toothbrush for Your Pet.

  • The Marrow Magic: More Than Just a Treat

While the image of a femur filled with marrow is enticing, these are considered recreational treats rather than replacement meals. Marrow provides a natural source of protein, fat, minerals, calcium, and phosphorus. Curious to learn more before diving into the world of raw bones? Explore our Blog, "Pet Parent FAQs: Your Raw Bone Queries Answered", where Dr. Jules, a vet and nutrition expert, addresses common queries from pet parents like you!


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Goose Chewing on a RDBK Raw Bone

Explore the Raw Benefits: Boost Confidence in Your Pet's Bone Journey

Discover More Through Our Blog Series on Bones

Uncertain about which bones are suitable for your dog or cat? Explore "How to Choose the Best Raw Bones for Dogs" and "How to Choose the Best Raw Bones for Dogs" to gain insights that break down your options, guiding you toward a healthy and safe choice for your furry friend.


Selecting raw bones for your pet goes beyond meeting their chewing needs; it's a dedication to their overall well-being. At Red Dog Blue Kat, where we prioritize health and safety, snack time becomes worry-free, leaving you to simply say, "Bone Appetit!" If you're new to raw feeding, consider checking out "How To Transition Your Dog Or Cat To A Raw Food Diet: 10 Easy Steps" for helpful guidance on ensuring a smooth transition to a raw food diet for your furry companions.




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