For any dog or cat that has never eaten raw meat before, we recommend allowing a month to adjust to their new diet before introducing any additional bones.
The reason for this is to allow the gut to stabilise and adapt to handling the breakdown of bone in their new raw meat and bone diet. Excessive bone in their diet can lead to constipation.
Dogs must learn how to chew bones. When introducing a bone to an adult dog that has never learnt how to handle carcasses it is better to give a bone with sinew and fascia attached in larger pieces that cannot be swallowed whole e.g. play bones. The dogs learn to use their back crushing teeth to break down the bone before swallowing. We advise avoiding small chicken wings for larger dogs until they have learnt to handle bone correctly to avoid them attempting to swallow the bones whole.
When feeding bones, remember the three S's
Supervise - Always supervise your pet when feeding bones.
Separate - If you have a multi-dog household separate them when feeding bones to avoid fights.
Size - You may initially have to teach your pet to eat bones, especially if they like to gulp their food. Start with a bone larger than the size of your pet’s head to ensure it can’t be swallowed e.g. a cow femur (knuckle end) for giant breeds.