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Just like cats with fish and mice with cheese, dogs are often associated with bones. Though wild canines and their ancestors happily gnaw on bones, domesticated dogs have developed a taste for bone-free treats. One of the most well known examples of this is the Milk-Bone. Milk-Bones are crunchy, bone-shaped biscuits that are a staple in many dog’s households. Their popularity cannot be denied. However, are these biscuits healthy for dogs to eat? Read on to learn more about how Milk-Bones can affect your dog’s health!
What Are Milk-Bones?
Despite the name, Milk-Bones are not actual bones, nor are they made from them. Milk-Bones are bone-shaped dog biscuits made from minerals, meat products, and milk. These tasty treats are dry and crunchy in texture – the perfect combination for munching madness!
Created in 1908, these classic treats have been making tails wag and tongues drool since for over a century! Now, there is a variety of bone-shaped biscuits available from many different suppliers. However, Milk-Bone has remained a household name and household staple for canines and their companions.
Are Milk-Bone Biscuits Bad For Dogs?
Who doesn’t love showering their pets with treats? We pup parents love making our canine companions happy and, let’s face it, few thing make dogs happier than tasty treats. However, the old adage goes, “Everything in moderation.” This popular phrase is even applicable to Milk-Bones. Milk-Bones are not meant to be the bulk of your dog’s regular diet. In general, treats should not make up more than 10% of your dog’s diet. The Milk-Bone company recommends giving 1-3 biscuits per day. Milk-Bone also suggests feeding 1 biscuit per 33 pounds of your dog’s body weight as a more precise guideline.
If given in moderation (and if your dog is not allergic to the ingredients), Milk-Bone should not have adverse effects on your dog’s health. The occasional Milk-Bone may even have positive effects on your dog’s health. For instance, Milk-Bones can freshen breath and clean teeth. Its super crunchy texture may help remove plaque and tartar buildup. Milk-Bones also contain 12 vitamins and minerals that may fortify your pup’s health.
Milk-Bone’s three main ingredients (wheat, beef, milk) are generally not harmful to dogs in moderate quantities. However, dogs allergic to any of these ingredients may experience adverse reactions from consuming Milk-Bones. Since dogs cannot tell us when they’re experiencing food poisoning or an allergic reaction, it’s important to be aware of common symptoms of canine allergic reactions. These include itchy skin, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, and drooling. Though adverse reactions from Milk-Bones are not common, it is always best to be prepared. In the occurrence of an adverse reaction, be sure to contact your local veterinarian immediately for assistance.
The safety of Milk-Bones was once under great scrutiny. During this time, a rumor spread that Milk-Bones contained toxic preservatives that caused cancer in dogs. Thankfully, this rumor has been debunked and the Milk-Bone company confirmed that all their ingredients are canine-friendly.
Their website even notes the precautions Milk-Bone takes to ensure their products safety:
“We employ an approach above and beyond regulatory requirements and always look for ways to improve. And these same standards apply across all our facilities. Our products are made with nutritious, quality ingredients that meet the applicable standards and specifications of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).”
Though Milk-Bones are highly popular treats, not every dog is smitten by these bone-like biscuits. If you’re looking for alternatives to Milk-Bones look no further than BarkShop! BARK offers a wide variety of drool-worthy treats for only $5 a bag. Even better, these treats are made of all-natural ingredients and do not contain fillers such as wheat, corn, and soy. So, there’s no questioning whether these treats are safe for your furry family member.
If you dog is a fan of crunchy biscuits like Milk-Bone, then check out BARK’s Crunchy Biscuit Treats! There is a medley of savory flavors baked into every biscuit. So, these treats may excite your pup’s tastebuds more than the regular Milk-Bone. These are perfect for dogs who love to shamelessly smack on their snacks and crave a crunch!
Crunchy and hard treats like Milk Bones are not ideal for every dog. A milk bone can be hard on a dogs teeth. BarkShop’s Soft Baked Treats are the perfect alternative for dogs with dental issues, sensitive teeth, simply a preference for softer snacks. Plus, these treats are made with all-natural ingredients that are super safe for dogs.
Check out BarkShop for an even greater variety of treats your dog will love!
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