We all know that dogs love to chew on bones and most people know that cooked or “table” bones are not a good idea for any dog. But what many Bulldog owners don’t know is that there are also numerous store-bought bone treats that are an absolute no-go for their loving companion.
We get it, we really do, bone treats have a lot of great benefits. They stimulate jaw muscles, help remove plaque buildup, and facilitate cleaner teeth and fresher breath. They are also great for behavioral training, positive rewards, and keeping dogs stimulated when nobody’s home. But not all bone treats are created equal.
The FDA has regularly reported (since 2010) on the dangers of “a variety of commercially-available bone treats for dogs—including treats described as “Ham Bones,” “Pork Femur Bones,” “Rib Bones,” and “Smokey Knuckle Bones”. These reports exist because there have been numerous incidents reported about such bone treats.
Over the course of seven years, the FDA received reports by owners and veterinarians citing numerous conditions in dogs that had eaten commercial bone treats. These include gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract), choking, cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum, and/or death.
At the time we began researching this topic, fifteen dogs had been reported as having died after eating a bone treat–A BONE TREAT! We say that’s fifteen dogs too many!
As a result, we made a decision to invest some time and energy in searching out the best alternatives for our personal dogs and those at DSK Bulldog. After all, it seemed quite silly to commit ourselves to caring for the most beautiful bulldogs around and not grant them every possible advantage to not just survive–but thrive.
After having researched, inspected, and tested numerous high-quality treats, we settled on a few that have found regular rotation in our home and business.
When it comes to puppies we like the puppy starter kit by NylaBones. This kit is great for puppies as it grows with them by offering a teether bone, a power chew (for puppies just starting to get their teeth) and also a healthy edible treat for puppies 6 months and older.
As for older dogs we like Natural Farm 6” Bully Sticks and Prairie Dog’s Antler Toy. The bully sticks are a smart alternative to rawhide bones and really hold up. We love that they are 100% digestible and are processed under both the USDA and FDA’s quality control protocols. As for the antler, there’s is nothing particularly “extra” about Prairie Dog’s product aside from the fact that we like the size of it as well as the price tag–because every little bit counts. Many antlers on the market are quite large and this particular one seems to be a favorite among our bullies.
If you have a favorite treat for your bullie, we would love to hear about it, scrutinize the heck out of it, and see if it’s got the chops to make our No Bones About It List!