Give Your Dog A Bone

Thanksgiving is just over a week away and during the entire holiday period (Thanksgiving through New Years)  statistics show that most people will gain an additional five to ten pounds!

Robert Mueller, Sr. · November 16, 2021

Give Your Dog a Bone?

Thanksgiving is just over a week away and during the entire holiday period (Thanksgiving through New Years)  statistics show that most people will gain an additional five to ten pounds!  It’s not difficult when you consider all the parties to attend, the delicious foods and freshly baked pumpkin pies with homemade whipped cream! For many of us, this is the hardest time of the year to control our diets, and if we’re not careful and mindful, this  presents another dilemma for our pets as well. Often they get to sample different foods and are diverted from their regular diet choices.

It is at this time of year that we find ourselves with leftover turkey carcasses that often get added to the dog bowl. This is probably the biggest danger dogs get exposed to all year – cooked bones.

Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the potential damage that can result from feeding cooked turkey, beef or ham bones to their dogs. Off the plate and into the mouth of your fur baby looking up at you with those hard-to-resist begging eyes! While it makes us feel good to include our best buddy as we celebrate the holiday spirit, it is not safe or healthy for Fido. 

Don’t Share!

No matter how much you’re inclined to share, I urge you not to feed cooked bones to your pet. The problem with cooked bones is that they are harder, more brittle, and will splinter, whereas raw bones will not. Cooked bones are the ones most likely to be caught in the throat, to pierce the intestines, to set like concrete in the large bowel, or to potentially crack or break permanent teeth.

When a bone is  consumed raw, they  are nature’s most perfect balanced blend of Calcium and Phosphorus.  It is the cooked bone that becomes a potential health hazard when consumed by our beloved.  I cannot express this enough; cooked bones are unnatural and a danger to your pet.

No Bones About It!

There are just no bones about the fact that a good raw meaty bone is nature’s toothbrush and provides a world of nutritious advantages compared to a cooked variety.  I have advocated the use of raw meaty bones for over forty years and during this time I have also witnessed the damage caused by dogs eating cooked bones. Cooked bones are potentially fatal for dogs, but raw bones provide a formula for excellent health.

Benefits of Raw Meaty Bones

For this reason, I advocate that a dog’s diet should definitely contain raw bone to provide the needed blend of Calcium/Phosphorus in the perfect ratio. Using a raw natural uncooked bone source to supply the critical calcium/phosphorus ratio for your dog’s diet far exceeds the value of using artificial calcium supplementation. I suggest that the bone should be reduced in size to eliminate damage to dogs with a smaller digestive capacity.

For Fun, Too!

There are few that would argue the advantages of supplying a raw meaty bone for recreational purposes as well. Remember – not cooked, it must be RAW! It is best to try and gauge the size of the bone to the size of the dog. A once a week treat of this nature is much better than the average allergy generating cooked biscuit treat you find at your local pet store. 

Let me leave you with something to think about today: When a dog receives fresh or frozen raw meaty bones in his diet (once a week is good) it’s like us eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away.  Your pet will definitely have fewer visits to the vet for health concerns.  

The kindest thing you can do over the holidays for your pet is to continue to feed the BARF diet, avoid the temptation to let them sample rich holiday foods and definitely NO COOKED BONES of any kind.

From all of the BARF World team, we’d like to thank you for your loyalty and for making the best choice you can ever make for your pet….a healthy and nutritional diet.  Wishing you all the happiest of Thanksgivings! 


Robert Mueller, Sr.

Robert Mueller, Sr.

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!


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"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!