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The Healthy Benefits of Ostrich Bones

Ostrich Bones

Ostrich Bones

Ozzie and his new Ostrich Bone.
Ozzie licking his lips looking forward to starting his Ostrich Bone.

100% pure air-dried Ostrich thigh bone. Nothing added. Nothing (apart from moisture) taken away.

Long lasting ~ super healthy ~ teeth cleaning ~ highly digestible ~ super-low fat ~ hypoallergenic ~ safe crunchy munchy treat for dogs.

Ostrich is one of the ‘novel proteins’ recommended for dogs. This means that it is a protein not found in their usual food. Most dog foods are based around chicken and/or beef, or, in many cases ‘animal derivatives’ (let’s not go into detail on that very controversial subject – but basically, it usually means that the pet food is made from all the dodgy bits leftover after all the edibles have been removed by the normal butchery processes). Dogs can develop sensitivities and allergies to these regular proteins, leading to digestive problems, skin conditions and other issues.

Our Ostrich Bones are pure and simple; air dried responsibly sourced thigh bone of an Ostrich – just dried. That is it! Pure, clean, healthy, natural gnawing satisfaction for your faithful hound.

The structure of Ostrich Bones is unlike marrowbones such as the beef ones we might get from a butcher. Instead of gooey marrow inside, the ostrich bone has a hollow honeycomb centre. The bone itself does not splinter or break into sharp shards at all. As the dog gnaws on it, it crumbles into completely safe and highly digestible grit-like particles. No smell, no grease, no goo, no going ‘off’. It will last as long as your dog takes to munch through it, and you can safely allow him/her to munch down to the very last morsel.

The Ostrich Bone showing the honeycombed centre.
Ostrich Bones have a honeycombed centre.

The gnawing action on Ostrich Bones that a dog loves is perfect for cleaning teeth. It naturally removes plaque and tartar and helps to keep teeth and gums healthy and breath fresh. As it goes through the digestive system, it also naturally cleanses the intestines and bulks out the poop in a natural and very beneficial way. (Sorry to raise this subject but it is so important in doggieworld!). The bulking and firming of the faeces has the necessary effect of squeezing the anal glands as your dog passes poop, thus relieving impacted glands and so avoiding the need for that very unpleasant procedure from the vet or groomer.

As with any treat, it is important to supervise your dog whilst munching. Most dogs will find these bones a good long-lasting and very satisfying chew. Of course, every dog is different and there will always be the super-power-chewers who manage to devour a bone in record time. However, the Ostrich Bones should still have all the other benefits – just not so long-lasting for these individuals. You may also wish to restrict the length of time your dog has access to the bone in order to make it last a bit longer!

You can buy one (or more!) of these super healthy Ostrich Bones from our shop by clicking here. They are also available in our Bumper Box deals, which include other items from our Ostrich range. Note, the Ostrich Metatarsus Bone is a tougher bone that does not have the honeycomb centre. The Ostrich Knuckle is the joint part of the bone which again doesn’t have the honeycomb centre.

For a little bit more independent reading on giving bones to dogs, see this article.

Ozzie’s Opinion

Ozzie and Ostrich Bone showing the Honeycombed Centre.
Ozzie and Ostrich Bone showing the Honeycombed Centre.

“I is doing my very bestest to devour this yummy scrummy munchybone. I has been working hard on it every day for nearly 6 weeks and it’s still going strong. I might be only a little wooflet, but I has powerful gnashers and I takes my gnawing very seriously. I WILL defeat this bone but it’s going to take a bit more hard work yet. That’s not a complaint; I loves my job as Chief Product Tester. It’s a tough job but it has to be done!”

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8 thoughts on “The Healthy Benefits of Ostrich Bones

  1. My 2yr old cockerpoo has bad tartar on his back teeth and we have never been able to clean his teeth. As a pup, he used to have a blanket that he liked to chew on and always chose this over a nylabone (for example), we now realise that this has allowed the tartar to build up on his teeth. Will the honeycomb centre of the ostrich bone help with the removal?

    Our groomer tried to use a Emmi pet toothbrush on him the last time and he was having none of it. I am starting to worry as I don’t want him to have dental issues in the future or have to pay £300 to have his teeth cleaned under a general anaesthetic. I have been trying all sorts of ‘teeth cleaning’ dental chews but none have shifted any of the existing tartar.

    Worried Dog Mum x

    1. Hi Vanessa –

      Thank you so much for your comment and question. The Ostrich Bone certainly should help – we haven’t yet found a dog that doesn’t like them, although some more “temperamental” dogs will ignore them at first on principle! You may need something really hard to start the process if there is a lot of tartar build up. Calf / Cow hooves are excellent for this, as they are hard, and you can stuff them with your dog’s favourite treat (eg peanut butter, soaked kibble, etc) if they don’t show any interest at first.


  2. Are the bones safe for my 6 month old golden retrievers teeth

    1. Yes. They should be absolutely fine! As ever, though, we always recommend that you supervise your pooch whilst enjoying their treat.

  3. How long can you keep the bones before you shoukd throw them away?

    1. Hi Lisa – thank you for the question. In our experience, if you look after them, they will last indefinitely – until you deem the remaining piece(s) too small for safety. Our two have a selection of Ostrich Bones in various stages of being chomped. The oldest is now over 2 years old! They have a box they can choose from and they very carefully select the ones they want at a particular time.

      The important thing is not to spread anything on them – and most certainly do not keep them in the fridge. Just make sure they are kept clean and dry and they will last as long as your dog allows. Whilst our dogs quite happily chew for a bit and then stop by themselves, we do know of other dogs who have devoured their entire bone in minutes! Please note, we do not advise that you allow your dog to do this! Keep a watchful eye on them and if they are chewing it too enthusiastically, then remove it and put it out of reach.

      Hope this helps.

  4. I have a question about the bones… If you sell them cleaned or unsmoked?

    1. The bones are cleaned inasmuch as they are not dirty. There is no chemical cleaning or any other unnatural process. They are not smoked. Just simply air-dried. All perfectly natural.

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