Feeding Raw bones, chews and chunks

The table below gives a detailed guide to the age and experience level at which to introduce each of the raw bones, meaty chunks and chews that we produce, as recommended by our in-house vets.

RAW BONEDESCRIPTIONRECOMMENDED AGEEXPERIENCE LEVEL
Duck WingsWhole boneFrom 10 weeks +BEGINNER
Chicken WingsWhole boneFrom 10 weeks +BEGINNER
Duck NecksSoft, whole boneFrom 10 weeks +EXPERIENCED STARTER
Turkey NecksSoft, whole boneFrom 10 weeks +EXPERIENCED STARTER
Lamb NecksWhole boneFrom 6 months +INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
Lamb RibsWhole, tough boneFrom 10 months +ADVANCED
MarrowboneExtremely tough, whole bone containing marrowFrom 10 months +ADVANCED
Beef knuckle boneExtremely tough, whole boneFrom 10 months +ADVANCED
Beef RibsWhole, tough boneFrom 10 months +ADVANCED

 If you would like to give your dog a natural chew but do not want to give bone, we also have a range of meaty chews & chunks available, including Beef Trachea and Meaty Beef Chews. 

Meaty chews and chunks are particularly good for puppies as they are softer than bone but offer all the satisfaction of a good chew session - great for teething gums. For more information on the range of bones, meaty chews and chunks we offer, see table below. This can be downloaded as a PDF file here.

CHEWDESCRIPTIONRECOMMENDED AGEEXPERIENCE LEVEL
Beef TracheaCartilage chewFrom 8-10 weeks +BEGINNER
Meaty Beef ChewsCartilige chewFrom 10 weeks +BEGINNER
ORGAN MEATDESCRIPTIONRECOMMENDED AGEEXPERIENCE LEVEL
Poultry Liver*Bone freeFrom 8-10 weeks +

BEGINNER

Poultry Hearts*Bone freeFrom 8-10 weeks +

BEGINNER

CHUNKSDESCRIPTIONRECOMMENDED AGEEXPERIENCE LEVEL
Beef ChunksBone freeFrom 8-10 weeks +

BEGINNER

Tripe ChunksBone freeFrom 8-10 weeks +

BEGINNER

Breast MeatBone freeFrom 8-10 weeks +

BEGINNER

Fish FilletSmall, soft fish boneFrom 10 weeks +

BEGINNER

Frequently asked questions:

Is it safe to feed bones?

Only if they are fed raw and selected appropriately for the age and experience of the animal. Raw bones are moisture rich, softer and more flexible compared to cooked bones. Once a bone is cooked they become very dry and brittle, this is when they can easily splinter and potentially cause problems. Please do not feed cooked bones.

Why should you feed raw bones?

  • Bones are a fantastic source of nutrition. They contain glucosamine, calcium and phosphorus, and many are rich in omega 3 fats, too.
  • Benefits can include improved skin health, improved joint health and firmer stools. In addition to this, chewing can be an immensely satisfying and relaxing experience for raw fed dogs. Raw bones also make a fantastic natural tooth brush!
  • A wide variety of our raw foods contain minced bone, with the exception of beef mince and tripe.
  • We recommend that you can offer a raw meaty bone or chew up to 3 times a week to help keep your dog's teeth clean, as well as providing an enjoyable, relaxing and healthy treat.
  • If you have just switched to raw, please wait 3-4 weeks before introducing raw bones to your dog's diet.

What about bacteria?

Natures Menu bones, chews and chunks are safely sourced and stored to ensure they are safe for raw consumption. Our batches are regularly tested for bacteria such as salmonella and enterobacteriaceae. We keep our bones, chews and chunks frozen to ensure safe, fresh products. We recommend defrosting them in a sealed container on the side for 2 hours or overnight in the fridge. We advise using the product within 24 hours of defrosting.


A few pointers before you start...

  • Never cut or saw bones
  • For older dogs, stick to the softer bones or the meaty chunks and chews
  • Never feed bones, meaty chunks or chews with small children present
  • Never leave a dog unattended with a bone, chew or chunk
  • Never feed cooked bones
  • To dogs, bones/ chews can be considered high value items - if you have more than one dog you may wish to seperate them before feeding.
  • Always feed bones, meaty chunks or chews appropriate to an animal's age, breed, experience and size
  • Do not feed raw bones, meaty chunks or chews from the butcher, as their storage history is unknown and bacteria may be prevalent
  • If storing after a chewing session, rinse the bone, meaty chunk or chew under cold water and store in a plastic bag or container in the fridge
  • Always dispose of any uneaten material after 24 hours post defrost
  • Chews denoted by * are offal meats and should always be fed in moderation. In excess, they can cause diarrhoea and an excess of vitamins, in particular hypervitaminosis A. We recommend offal makes up no more than 5-10% of the total diet and is offered as a treat no more than once or twice a week
  • As an owner, it is your responsibility to ensure safe practice when feeding meaty bones, meaty chunks or chews


Alternatively, you can view the whole range of natural snacks, treats, bones and chews here, as well as buy online.