Chews Carefully

Nowadays people are becoming more conscientious about what they buy for their dog and are applying the same standards to dog items as if they were buying for themselves. Dog companies are of course trying to follow this trend by advertising non-toxic plastics and rubber and all natural, recycled materials as well as treats considered gourmet. Usually when one thinks of gourmet, it involves uncommon or ‘exotic’ ingredients such as quail eggs, venison, alligator, truffles (a type of mushroom) or frog legs. Dog foods can be made of many different proteins that are far more unusual than chicken or beef; these include boar, venison, duck and even kangaroo. Who wouldn’t be curious walking into a pet store and seeing kangaroo on the shelves? What an exciting new treat for your dog, right? In this case, wrong! o_O

My blog is geared toward strong to monster chewers. As for Zeea, she ranks at monster. Another fact about Zeea is that she has a sensitive stomach. Since kangaroo is a very uncommon protein to dogs, it is great for food-sensitive dogs or those with allergies because the body has not naturally built up any antibodies against it. So I purchased a Nature’s Own Bone-A-Roo, a kangaroo femur chew, and Zeea was extremely excited to receive it and quickly went to work on it. It was not long before the bone was stripped of any meat and I started to see little pieces of bone around Zeea. I took them away as I usually do, not realizing that those were not the only pieces of bone missing. The kangaroo bone soon went into the garbage. At first I would have compared the durability of the kangaroo chew to that of pork – not very long lasting and strong chewers will start to break off pieces. However, with pork bones, the pieces are large enough to see and Zeea has never had any major issues with one. I was seriously wrong about this comparison. If your dog is a strong chewer, do NOT buy kangaroo chews because your dog can break the bone extremely easily into tiny pieces which is exactly what Zeea did. Zeea didn’t eat her food the following morning and then started to vomit. In her vomit were tiny chips of bone but that wasn’t the end of it; when she went to the washroom, she cried zeea sickand there was blood with her stool. The pieces had made their way through her system but had cut the inside of her colon. I took her to the vet and she did a rectal exam and found even more chips of bone. I strongly discourage anyone with a strong chewer, not just an extreme chewer, to avoid kangaroo bones because they are just too soft. If your dog can crack a pork bone, stay away from kangaroo.

WARNING: Kangaroo is not suitable for any strong chewers.

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One Response to Chews Carefully

  1. Jim says:

    Slow dried bones in general are poor choices for dogs to chew because of issues like the one you described. Your first worry should be the way the bone is processed before the specific type of protein – cooked bones being especially bad because they are prone to splintering. Raw meaty bones are a better choice.

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