A Guide to the Safest Bones for Dogs to Chew

Madelene Hissom · May 26, 2023 · All

Dogs love bones, so it's important to provide them with safe bones for chewing that won't splinter or crack. But what are the safest dog bones? In this guide, we'll review the safest chew bones for dogs that are both delicious and made with 100% natural ingredients!

Benefits of Bones

Bones are super beneficial for dogs. They are generally long-lasting, and engaging, and contain vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, or zinc. Some products even have some meat left on them such as Marrow Bones or Rib Bones and also support other health benefits. There are no natural dog products on the market that are as long-lasting as bones, so they can help keep dogs occupied for hours.

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If your dog needs something exciting that is delicious and equally as mentally stimulating, look no further than Natural Farm’s Hooves Treats. They are perfect for the pups that love to have a long and satisfying chew and come in classic Standard Hooves and a fun twist with Stuffed Hooves. These chews are best for medium and heavy chewers.

Our Standard Cow Hooves provide your dog with long-lasting entertainment all while cleaning their teeth and are a great and healthy way for your dog to release pent-up energy or anxiety. Standard Hooves can also be filled with a yummy filling if you like to get creative in the kitchen.

Stuffed Hooves provide almost constant entertainment with one of your dog’s favorite chews filled with tasty flavors like Bacon & Cheese, Peanut Butter, Chicken, and Sweet Potato. The all-natural, clean ingredient stuffing is an irresistible, protein-filled flavor with a dual texture offering a long-lasting and engaging gnawing experience that they’ll go crazy for!

Filled Bones

A twist on a classic bone is Natural Farm’s Filled Bones! Part toy and part treat for the perfect flavor combination with two unique textures. With three flavors — beef, peanut butter, and bacon and cheese — your dog will find their favorite flavor! A tough chew-resistant exterior with an interior full of tasty filling. And once the filling is gone, you can refill them. Every filled bone offers your dog the opportunity for mental engagement, stress relief, and cleaner teeth. This treat is made for larger dogs, and the bones are easily refillable.

Bones Can Crack

All dog owners need to know that every bone or bone-like product, such as hooves and filled bones, has the potential to crack or splinter as dogs gnaw on them, regardless of the brand or how they've been created, cooked, and processed. This is due to the density and hardness of the material itself and its lack of malleability.

However, some bones are safer than others, and this can certainly be influenced by how the bones have been created, cooked, and processed. Natural Farm offers a variety of bone products that have been crafted in a manner that we have found to be the most effective at reducing the risk of cracking and/or splintering. Our bone products are all slowly and carefully baked or smoked in a manner that we have found to be most effective for them to retain their durability and crack less easily.

Always Be Monitoring

No matter what kind of treat, chew, or bone you give your pup to enjoy, always be monitoring your dog as they gnaw on bone products to ensure they're gnawing safely and properly and provide plenty of fresh water. If a bone appears to show any signs of cracking or breaking, it should be taken away from your dog and disposed of immediately.

Another important note, bones are intended to be "gnawed" instead of "chewed." Bones are not digestible and therefore should not be consumed. And if a dog breaks a bone, the sharp pieces could be dangerous if chewed or consumed.

We recommend minimizing chewing time to three to five minutes at first and increasing it over five days. Also, be extra attentive to young dogs and puppies, and steer away from chews altogether for puppies under three months of age. As a responsible dog owner, you should only allow your dog to consume these products in moderation and they should not replace any meals.

Bones May Not Be For Your Dog

You know your four-legged best friend best! And sometimes, bones are just not for every dog. Although Natural Farm’s chews are intended for medium and heavy chewers, some particularly aggressive chewers may be more capable of cracking the bones as they gnaw on them. We’ve outlined more information on how to determine chew strength here

Visit our store page for a variety of our safest bones for dogs to gnaw that Natural Farm offers!

About Natural Farm

In 2018, after years of searching for high-quality, natural dog treat products, we decided to bring them to the market ourselves. That’s how Natural Farm was born—we wanted to present the industry with what it lacked the most: natural dog chews, treats, and bones, sustainably sourced from local suppliers and produced in our own human-grade, FDA- and USDA-approved facilities, where every product is lab tested for quality and contamination.

Natural Farm is committed to pets, people, and the planet. We give back to communities and pets in need, support reforestation efforts and nonprofits, and our products are packaged using recycled materials.

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