Gettin' Down To the Bones

Treating your dog to a raw-meaty bone can be very beneficial to the animal's overall health. Read more about which bones are right for your dog and the benefits that bone provides a natural and balanced diet.

Jake Mueller · November 13, 2018

Unlike the bones that are already in the BARF® Diet, giving your dog a treat, such as a dried bone, can be a big deal to your dog. It's been proven time and time again. Cooking out the living enzymes that naturally occur in our dogs diets not only harms the food but decreases the nutritional value in raw meat. The same methodology applies to cooking or drying bones. Fresh cut, frozen, never-cooked bones, like a bone from a raw T-Bone steak, can be just as nutritional as the raw components found in the BARF® Diet.

The Right Bone

When looking for the right type of bone to use as a treat for your dog, it's important to look for things like, "Raw" or if the bone has been frozen. When bones at the store are sitting out in baskets, they most likely have been preserved, with a shelf life upwards of 6 months. Could you imagine the taste of 6 month old bread? Probably really dry. It's been proven that feeding your dog a cooked bone can easily break up and become lodged in any part of your dog's system. This can lead to countless hours at the vet and even up to four days of hospitalization. Cooking any bone naturally makes it more brittle and decreases the nutritional value in the bone itself.

Health Benefits of a Raw Bone

Treating your dog to a raw-meaty bone can be very beneficial to the animal's overall health. Providing stimulation to the brain and decreasing plaque build up. When a dog chews a cooked bone, it easily breaks into small shards, which can puncture the liver, throat or even set like concrete in the stomach, which can be life threatening. Big-name "natural" bone companies design their bones to break apart quickly so that the consumer will need to spend more money purchasing more bones. Instead, the bone breaks apart into small fragments so your dog can "eat" the bone. A real RAW bone doesn't break up easy, and provides the perfect blend of calcium and phosphorus, which helps strenghten bones.

Some Meat on Those Bones!

A common worry of feeding your dog a bone is choking hazards. However, if it's a raw-meaty bone, there isn't a threat of salmonella, or the meat breaking down before the dog can eat it. As it turns out, raw-meaty bones are more enjoyable for the dog as a treat. Before domestication, dogs would kill their meals, eat the meat raw, then eat the bone marrow out of the bones. Its natural for our dogs to eat what they were made to eat. 

With Thanksgiving coming up, there's always that brother who feeds the dog the bone from his meat, or that weird uncle that feeds the dog under the table because the turkey is too dry. Next time you allow your dog eat the bone from your dinner, stop and consider how easy that bone is to break. 


Jake Mueller

Jake Mueller

Jake Mueller is a High School student who grew up in the Mueller Family hearing about how bad "cooked" grain food is for his dog. He has been to countless dog shows meeting breeders and consumers. Jake has also traveled the midwest delivering dog food before BARF World® was able to ship large bulk orders, helping unload thousands of pounds of dog food across the country.


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What is BARF?

"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!