How to Make a Homemade Bone for your Dog
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Whether they are natural, made from cow leather or a toy, bones are a great way for your pet to work and strengthen their teeth, keeping them healthy. It also has many other advantages, such as reducing tartar and improving relaxation.
If you want to know how to make one yourself, read on! We at AnimalWised will provide some top tips on how to create a unique and natural bone for your pet to play with. Find out how to make a homemade bone for your dog in this step-by-step guide complete with pictures.
First of all, you should go to your local pet store or a supermarket that also sells pet products and look for rawhide strips. We recommend using those that are made from cow hide; those made from pork are indigestible and may cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Make sure that this product is designed to be used for this purpose and ensure that it is of a high quality. Research beforehand and ask in-store.
When you get home, the first thing to do is to cut the hide into strips - the size should depend on the size of your dog. The strips for a Chihuahua or a Yorkshire Terrier should obviously be smaller than those for a Great Dane or a St. Bernard. Clean the strips with a sterile gauze and make sure that no dirt or dust remains.
The process to make a homemade bone is actually very simple: just roll the strips you have selected and cut several times. This will ensure that the final bone is sturdy, even and will last for a longer.
You can be creative and make different shapes: Try a bone-shaped stick, or even form the shape of a doughnut.
After you have finished molding the homemade bone for your dog, pop it into the oven. Leave it to cook for 30 minutes at just 65°C (150º F), which will toughen the bone whilst also maintaining all the nutrients and properties of the hide.
After 30 minutes, the leather homemade bone will be ready and dry. Once it has cooled down properly, give it to your furry friend to enjoy! Always supervise your dog when chewing on a bone as it may pose a choking hazard.
If you have any tips or ideas for homemade dog toys, please tell us in the comments section.
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