Lamb Neck Dog treats – the definitive eating guide and VIDEO
Lamb necks have had a special place in dog treat lore for decades. They provide a good balance between providing meat and bone into a dog’s nutrition, but they are often underestimated for their core values as you will see.
MAIN BENEFITS – TREAT PURPOSE
Fitting neatly into the dog bone dog treat category, many people will not try these, upon general myth put out there in cyber-land by dog food companies who want you only to buy their food and their treats ONLY – anything but genuinely natural dog food !
As you will see from the ‘CONS’ section below, we don’t give a blanket recommendation for every dog, but for those dogs that can eat food and bones ‘sensibly’ they are a fantastic treat. They provide:
OCCUPATION – the main reason many people give their dogs treats at all. That is, bones in general occupy dogs for LONGER than other treats, because they are not as easy to consume, fast.
NUTRITION – Bones provide little in the way of nutrition, unless they have a lot of meat on them, or the dogs are able to safely break the bone down and eat the hard bone matter. Yes there is a lot of ASH (or natural filler in there) but also Calcium and phosphorus in the right ratios to provide these vital elements to your dog. The marrow contains saturated animal fats, but unless a dog eats many bones in a day, it wont add a great deal to their energy consumption for the day.
FUNCTIONALITY – Lamb Necks dog treats provide an unusual secondary benefit to many dogs, as besides providing ample meat (that most leg bones don’t), they also provide one of the BEST DOG TEETH CLEANING options around.
Their honeycomb bone structure means that almost ANY dog eating these bones can get plaque and other food bits scraped off their teeth, naturally, without having to buy highly processed incredibly unnatural green compressed vegetable matter from the large factories. The only better option than this would be Kangaroo tail pieces (because of their low fat, organic meat option).
DOG TYPE – Dog Treat Bones typically fit into the BIG dog treat category, because most people want their dogs getting ‘full value’ for the treat they buy, and this expectation is often that the dog consumes the whole bone. The issue with this is whether your dogs breed, age and specific eating style has it be careful enough with how it crunches down on a bone before eating it.
The aim of dried big bones that we sell are that they are dried enough to not rot, but not dried enough to be incredibly fragile and sharp when broken. But that said, almost any bone when broken tends to have sharp pieces. But we purposely only sell Larger bones or bones that break off safely into segments like lamb neck bones.
Regarding safety – there are some staffies and rottweilers that give very little thought to their own safety when eating bones, they are ravenous and just try to crunch as fast and swallow even faster to get to the nutritious marrow. But these are exactly the dogs that should be supervised with bone treats, and even lamb necks. If you have a big breed dog like this that chews thoughtfully and carefully breaks bones into small pieces before swallowing, then these kinds of bones are quite useful for them.
That said, owners of small and medium dogs who can do little besides chew some of the end of regular leg bone dog treats find the teeth cleaning value and meat nutrition of lamb necks makes them a preferred treat for their dog. Again, we always recommend supervision with dogs eating treats, especially bone type treats.
PROS – As you may have realised, being a natural and healthy dog treats company, we are PRO bones – for those dogs who chew carefully. Lamb necks in particular provide a lot of nutritious lamb meat, as well as teeth cleaning ability. For medium sized dogs who chew carefully, if they can break the bone pieces off, the bones provide a good source of natural calcium and phosphorous, without the higher bone breaking forces required to break open many of the leg bone dog treats.
CONS – The main con is with ANY dog treat bone – if a dog isn’t good at chewing the bones into small piece, and gulps them before they are crushed down, they can provide sharp edges. The main risk is in the swallowing process, as a dog’s stomach acid level is extremely high for such purposes as fully digesting bone material.
If your dog is a sensible eater of treats (doesn’t to rush and chews them down before trying to swallow) lamb necks can provide a great option for them. If your dog wont even try and break off the bones, its teeth will get plenty of great cleaning and clean Australian lamb meat nutrition. The process of eating around the bone, will give them a fairly long occupation period.
Note, like most of the bones in our range, these are individually wrapped in plastic. This is to keep the moisture level constant, and keep the bone meat integrity (rather than falling off in transport).
As with all our bones, if in doubt, we recommend getting your vets advice about the value to your specific dog.