It is no secret that dogs love chicken bones. But as we have seen, bones are prone to splintering, making them dangerous for feeding to dogs.
So, what are the best alternatives to chicken bones?
Dried fish skin
Fish skin contains nutritional minerals found such as the ones found in chicken bones. Additionally, it’s a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins B and D. It’s also dog-chewable, and very unlikely to get stuck when swallowed in big chunks.
Raw meat bones
Unlike cooked bones, raw bones are strong and meaty. Additionally, they don’t splinter easily. What about nutrients? They are also richer in natural calcium and phosphorus than cooked bones.
Not to take anything away from cooked bones, but due to cooking, some of their nutrients are drained. Raw bones from cows and lambs are safer options as they are large and stronger than chicken bones.
Bone meals or MCHA powder
These products are just powdered bones, similar to actual bones, and contain, to a lesser extent, calcium and phosphorus. You can also purchase ground bones or buy a grinder and do it yourself.
Feed your dog either raw or cooked chicken feet. They contain little bone and lots of cartilage. As such, the chances of splintering is close to none.
Raw green tripe
Tripe, the lining found in the stomach of ruminating animals, is high in proteins, making it perfect for dogs. It is also high in phosphorus and calcium, as well as digestive enzymes and amino acids. Additionally, tripe is chewable and an excellent standalone meal for your dog, especially when they are recovering from a disease or need to gain weight fast.