Jones sells some of the most amazing bones for dogs that can be found. Our bones are 100% all natural, and 100% raised and produced in the USA. But I have an important note about bones, essential for you to know when treating your dogs.
First, I need to tell you a little bit about the bones that Jones Natural Chews produces. It’s important in order to understand what comes next. First, Jones is a natural product, a real bone, usually from a cow, but occasionally from a lamb or pig. Real bones can splinter. ALL real bones have that potential, including a raw bone. This shouldn’t be a deterrent. It’s meant to say, know your dog’s chewing habits. Monitor your dog when it has a bone.
Second, Jones chews bakes their bones in such a fashion as to produce the closest thing on the market to raw bones in terms of splintering, meaning they’re the least likely to splinter of all cooked and processed bones.
Third, the moisture content of Jones Natural Chews bones is absolutely perfect, always tested and monitored closely during baking. Perfect. And that’s essential with a baked bone. Too much moisture and you introduce or leave harmful bacteria. Too little moisture and the splintering factor rises, making the bones dangerous to your dog. Jones has been in the business of dog treats, particularly bones, for more than three decades, and they have this part dialed in.
And that’s where the important note about bones comes into play. Here it is, followed by a story. Don’t reintroduce moisture into your Jones bones. I’ll tell you what I mean.
My boss was telling us about a person who gave their dogs bones, let them drag them all over the house and outside, then would put them in the dishwasher to clean them. People! Your clean house isn’t worth your dog’s health! Washing a bone from Jones, any bone, especially at those heat levels, will reintroduce moisture into the bone that shouldn’t be there. Things will possibly grow in that bone and harm your dog. Go get a new bone.
I talk to raw feeders about bones and they tell me that they throw bones away after the dogs have finished the initial chewing and moved on to something else. Raw feeders, better than most dog owners, I think, understand the danger of bacteria and germs with moisture content. The whole point of baking the bones is for safety. Feeding certain raw bones is great, but they’re not the kind of thing you leave lying around the house for days for the dogs to come back to.
One more thing – I tell people, sometimes, that with our stuffed or Center Bones, you can stuff them with a mix of pumpkin and plain yogurt, then freeze and treat. Technically, yes, this makes a great summer treat. But please make sure it’s the last time your dog gets this particular bone, since the moisture in the pumpkin and yogurt, coupled with the freezing, introduces moisture. Toss the bone once the mix is consumed, or within half an hour of thawing.
So are Jones Natural Chews bones safe? Yes. As safe as any real bone can be for a dog, and safer than most. But like anything else in life and food, exercise caution and common sense. And for heaven’s sake, give your dog a bone! It’ll make your dog smile. Naturally.
Until I write again …