What are beef marrow bones, and why would anyone give them to their dog? We are huge fans of these bones at my house, and I thought I would share five reasons why your dog should be munching on them too! Since dogs are not allowed in the store where Mom buys these delicacies, I had her snap a photo for my post. Don’t tell me you are not drooling looking at them!
Reason 1 – beef marrow bones are all natural
There is nothing fake about these bones. We purchase ours right from the butcher in the cooler case. They come in all different sizes, and they even have regular or smoked. They need to be kept cool or frozen so they don’t go bad because there are no preservatives. Mom buys a bunch of them and keeps them in the bags in the freezer for evening snacks once or twice a week.
Reason 2 – beef marrow bones are delicious
Unless your dog is just plain nuts, they will love the taste of these bones. I’m super picky, but I sure love them. Bones are something dogs eat in nature and simply love. Bailie and I work hard on them and gnaw on them until they are completely clean – inside and out.
Reason 3 – beef marrow bones are great for dental health
Dogs can clean their teeth naturally by chewing bones. Yes, there is always the danger of breaking a tooth. Yes, dogs should be monitored when chewing bones to prevent any choking or ingesting of the actual bone. If you think about it, dogs can break their teeth playing ball, or doing many things. Unless your dog is a super aggressive chewer, beef marrow bones are an excellent way to help keep those chompers shiny clean. The bones come in lots of sizes, so you can get the best size for your dog. Remember, I’m ten and have the teeth of a four year old, partially from chewing bones!
Reason 4 – beef marrow bones are good for overall health
Bone marrow has many health benefits for your dog besides their teeth. The adiponectin has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Marrow also supports kidney and digestive function, it can aid in repairing wounds, and will help generate new red and white blood cells. All that healthy stuff in such a tasty bone – what a great thing!
Reason 5 – beef marrow bones cure boredom
Chewing on a beef marrow bone will relieve boredom in your dog and tire them out. Getting these bones cleaned off is no easy task. Bailie and I spend well over an hour many times working on our bones. When we finally finish, we are tired out because it is hard work! You can see in the Instagram video the hard work and how focused Bailie is on her bone! We save some of the bones and make our own stuffing too, like the salmon ones with beans and sweet potatoes!
Do your dog a favor, and grab her some beef marrow bones! You can order them online, or get them in pet stores, but we find the most fresh and least expensive ones are just down the road at our local butcher! Make sure and try different sizes and if they have them, smoked ones too! Yum!