Bones in the BARF diet


Bones in the BARF diet

By now you already know the importance of bones in the raw diet or BARF. They are the highest source of calcium and act as a natural toothpaste. First, NEVER GIVE COOKED BONES! When cooked, they lose their natural elasticity and can splinter, which is dangerous for your furry friend. When we talk about raw bones we don't have that problem and in the BARF diet we use two types of bones:

1. Fleshy bones

Meaty bones are those bones surrounded by meat, 50-50 meat and bone and are the basis of the diet. They provide a high nutritional value and are generally those that do not support the weight of the animal. We mainly use poultry or rabbit but there are more; Believe it or not, they are soft and flexible and a carnivore can easily crush them with their teeth, you couldn't. Chicken necks, carcasses, wings or thighs; rabbit, quail, turkey wings, lamb skirt or beef neck... For kittens, the smaller ones above, chicken wings and necks are ideal.

2. Recreational bones

As the name indicates, they are for entertaining and for our furry friends to have fun while they self-massage their gums and eliminate tartar. They have to be larger than your head, since you don't have to crush them or swallow them but rather gnaw them. Kneecap, humerus, scapula, leg, shank, tail or backbone... some can be found in the "prepare broth" section.


  • The bones should always be given under supervision.
  • To start with meaty bones in dogs and kittens, it is best to give them a small part, in proportion to their size and hold the end with your hand while they begin to crush it, at first it is scary but it is the best for your little carnivore. Praise them as they mash and chew it and remove the last piece before they gobble it down.
  • To prevent them from wanting to swallow hastily, try to ensure that your furry friend is calm and perhaps has eaten a little, so he will have less anxiety.
  • If you have several dogs and they are not used to it, it is better to separate them for feeding as they can become possessive.
  • If you see that your furry suffers from constipation or the stools are excessively hard, reduce the intake of bones, we will not tire of saying that you are the one who knows your animal best, follow your instinct!
Interesting sources: *This article has been written based on our knowledge and unconditional love for dogs and cats but at no time does it replace the advice of a veterinarian. The CRU will be happy to try to resolve any questions you may have, but if your pet suffers from any pathology, we recommend that you consult with a registered veterinarian. Share:


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