Eating and chewing on raw bones provides dogs with many different nutrients! Chewing can be extremely calming for dogs as it’s species appropriate behaviour. In some cases, knowing on raw bones can help with destructive behavioural issues.
A dog’s stomach has an extremely acidic pH of 1 or 2. This means they are capable of metabolising and digesting raw bones very easily.
However, dog owners should never give their dogs cooked bones. Cooked bones have a wholly different molecular structure to raw bones. Throughout the cooking process the moisture content is significantly reduced. This causes the bones to become brittle and can, and often does, lead to choking.
Raw bones are even safe to feed puppies over 12 weeks of age! Puppies and older dogs with weaker teeth should avoid harder knuckle and marrow bones.