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Bone Digestion

Discussion in 'Raw Food Diets' started by KitKell, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. KitKell

    KitKell Puppy

    I am a new dog owner. What's the skinny on bone digestion? I love the idea of feeding her real food since I am paleo myself.
  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    I moved your post to its own thread so you can actually get responses. Posting in an existing thread, your question is likely to get lost in the mix.

    What do you want to know? Raw bones can be digested by dogs. Cooked bones splinter so the bone must be raw.
  3. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member

    I throw bits and pieces of hogs into my dog pens all the time. Come back the next morning and it's gone, feathers, bone, and hair. Haven't had any issues yet. I'm talking about pieces of feral hog carcass left over from butchering, or even whole quarters. as long as it's just not more than they can eat, it will be gone in the next morning.
  4. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Kind of OT but.. Catch, I've heard the hair is a good natural wormer. Thoughts?
  5. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member

    I believe that is true. The idea is that the hair scrapes parasites out of the digestive tract as it moves through. I don't think that it's as effective as a good commercial wormer but it's obviously good enough to get the wild critters by and keep them healthy. I'm not sure that the way I do it, with just an occasional hog quarter tossed to them is very effective at all, but hair and bone moving through the tract every day is (my theory) good enough to keep them from taking hold.
  6. articledon

    articledon Little Dog

    is there any info on the vitamin and mineral profile of bones and the bioavailability to our dogs?

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