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I have been given some advice from an aged friend .he says as his dogs got older he used to give them a little cheese to help there them  bones .!   ( as he put it !) 

Our dogs are all old now , it's not something I would be happy to do because of the salt content . But has anyone else heard this and what do you think ? 

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  • Mine has it to hide his meds when i run out of that awful plastic chicken, i doubt there is any health benefit unless you are trying to build the dog up, better off with a propper suppliment if they need it i think. Wish i had got mine on a joint suppliment years ago image
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Healthspan sell animal vitamins and minerals at much, much cheaper prices than the vet.



    You say you are worried about the salt content. Don't be. The body is very good at regulating the salt content of blood and all this nonsense about salt and blood pressure is just that...Nonsense.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,581

    I definitely wouldnt give cheese to a dog, much too salty, there are vitamins and minerals in dog food these days.

    Only ever used cheese for tablet taking. But then some people give their dogs chocolate!

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • My dog (mini Jack Russell) gets some fresh garlic with some raw mince of a week, to annoy the fleas. She loves raw apples and carrots and gets some of them with a bit of boiled rice and raw beef with a bit of olive oil at least three times a week. The other days I feed her dog food but nothing with any colouring or additives, as she'd go hyper. Her breakfast is a raw chicken wing or chicken leg. 

    My old cat makes me worried. He's getting thinner around the back by the week, but doesn't seem to suffer. Eats fine, but then again....he's 20 years old. 20 human years that is 

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    Not just dogs ,erein Muns our bird table has our Robin and blackbirds waiting for cheese bits every morning they love it . 

  • LunariaLunaria Posts: 144

    I wouldn't dream of feeding a dog raw food. I'm really a cat person. I wouldn't know about the healthy benefits. I suppose dogs ate raw meat before man got involved. Still seems pretty strange an idea to me but you seem to know what your doing. 

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sorry, cheese is cobblers. If anything it can cause digestive upsets as many dogs are lactose intolerant. The salt is no real issue unless the dog has a heart issue and even then it is unlikely to cause a problem. The amount of calcium in cheese is unlikely to be of any benefit as dogs do not suffer from osteoporosis the same way that ladies of a certain age do...

    People are so anti to good quality dog foods, who do you think does all of the research into making sure diets are nutritionally correct?

    Oh, and garlic does nothing at all against fleas and there is a risk of toxicity.

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Dogs don't need cheese - I would only use cheese to hide medication in.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,581

    I hope the person that feeds chicken wings and legs removes the bone first. I have seen chicken bone stuck in a dogs throat, not a pretty site.

    If a dog has fleas they should be properly treated, there is cycle from flea to tape worm, if they have one, most chance they will have the other.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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