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"I recently switched to Better Bones as it contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, and Vitamin D3 to balance his nutritional needs. I trust the quality of this product. My Chihuahua turned 18 last month."
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Better Bones is the safe and natural way to add calcium to your dog's raw or home cooked meals. Just 100% dried bones from pastured New Zealand cattle ... as nature intended!

Your dog needs the right balance of calcium and phosphorus. If these minerals are out of balance, dogs can develop joint and skeletal issues. Bone contains calcium and phosphorus in the right ratio, making it ideal to balance all types of diets.

Most sources of calcium like egg shells, coral and seaweed calcium contain no or little phosphorus. This makes it hard to properly balance your dog's minerals. Bones also contain amino acids and growth factors that are missing in other sources of calcium. Plus Better Bones is rich in natural vitamin D, which is essential for regulating the calcium and phosphorus balance. 

Better Bones is 100% natural beef bones from New Zealand cattle. While bone meal is heated with high temperatures, Better Bones is dried without acids, chemicals and bleaches. This gentle drying maintains the naturally occurring proteins, minerals and growth factors found in bone. This makes Better Bones a highly bioavailable and natural source of calcium.  

  • From BSE free, grass-fed, free range New Zealand cattle
  • Tested for glyphosate, pesticides, lead and other metals
  • Naturally balanced minerals
  • With naturally occurring vitamin D for better mineral balance
  • Calcium and minerals the way nature intended
  • Made in the US

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Dried beef bone from BSE-free, grass-fed and pastured New Zealand cattle.

Adult Dogs: Mix 2 teaspoons with every pound of home-prepared food or as directed by your veterinarian. The amount of Better Bones to feed depends on the amount of fat in the food. Follow the directions below. 

Amount per pound of food:

 Fat In Food Amount Calcium Phosphorus Ca:Ph
10% fat or less 2 tsp 2.12 2.15 1:1
11-15% fat 2 tsp 1.72 1.67 1:1
15-20% fat 2 tsp 1.43 1.34
1.1:1
AAFCO Adult Minimum Requirements
1.25 1.00 1:1
AAFCO Maximum Requirements
6.25 4.00 2:1

 

Puppies and Pregnant/Nursing Dogs: Feed 4-6 teaspoons with every pound of home-prepared food. The amount of Better Bones to feed depends on the amount of fat in the food. Follow the directions below. 

Amount per pound of food:

 Fat In Food Amount Calcium Phosphorus Ca:Ph
10% fat or less 4 tsp 4.09 3.09 1.3:1
11-15% fat 5 tsp 4.12 2.81 1.5:1
15-20% fat 6 tsp 4.13 2.62 1.6:1
AAFCO Puppy Minimum Requirements 3.00 2.50 1:1
AAFCO Maximum Requirements 6.25 4.00 2:1

  

*Calcium and Phosphorus measured in mg/kcal. Based on 1,000 kcal. 

Not recommended for puppy foods with more than 20% fat. Do not add to commercial foods that contain with bone or calcium.

This product is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.

For more information on using Better Bones visit our Feeding Guide

 A jar of Better Bones will make 30 pounds of food for an adult dog. 

Where Do The Bones Come From?
We source our bones from New Zealand pastured beef. Our cattle are all tested free of BSE.

How Is Better Bones Different Than Bone Meal?
Most bone meal is rendered. This means it undergoes a high heating process and can come from euthanized or sick animals. Better Bones comes from healthy, grass-fed New Zealand cattle and is gently dried using low temperatures. This maintains the healthy properties of real bone, including minerals, bone growth factors, collagen and amino acids.

How Is Better Bones Different From Egg Shells?
While both Better Bones and egg shells are a great source of calcium, egg shells don't contain other minerals. This puts dogs at risk for phosphorus deficiency. Better Bones contains plenty of phosphorus and the ideal calcium to phosphorus ratio of 2:1, just like real bones. Better Bones is also rich in magnesium, zinc and vitamin D, as well as bone growth factors, collagen and amino acids. This lack of phosphorus means egg shells can't be used to balance foods for puppies and pregnant dogs, while Better Bones contains the proper ratio of minerals and is safe for all life stages and all foods. 

How Is Better Bones Different From Seaweed Or Coral Calcium?
Like egg shells, seaweed and coral calcium contain too little phosphorus. If feeding your dog more than 10% fat, there will be too little phosphorus in seaweed and coral calcium to meet AAFCO minimum nutritional requirements. And unlike Better Bones, seaweed and coral calcium can't balance foods for puppies and pregnant/nursing dogs because it contains too little phosphorus. Because Better Bones is natural powdered bone, it contains the perfect 2:1 ratio of calcium to phosphorus, along with magnesium, zinc, vitamin D, bone growth factors, collagen and amino acids. This makes Better Bones safe for all life stages and all foods. 

Is Better Bones Tested For Safety?
Every batch of Better Bones is tested low in lead and heavy metals. We know that glyphosate can be stored in the bones of animals, which is why we source pastured cattle from New Zealand. We test every batch for glyphosate and ensure the glyphosate content is below the EWG's (Environmental Working Group) Health Benchmark of 160 ppb. This is significantly lower than the EPA (Environmental Working Group) limit of 5,000 ppb. Glyphosate can cause cancer and serious gut imbalance and bones can be a major source since glyphosate is stored in the bones of animals. We're pleased to offer a fully tested and clean source of bone for dogs. 

Can I Just Replace Real Bones With Better Bones?
Yes! Better Bones is simply dried bones in a powdered, bioavailable form. This makes it ideal for senior dogs, small dogs, puppies and dogs with trouble chewing ... all dogs can benefit from Better Bones. In fact, Better Bones is fully tested to be low in glyphosate, pesticides and heavy metals like lead ... how clean are the bones your dog eats? Better Bones takes the risk out of bones. 

Can I Give Better Bones To Puppies?
While egg shells, seaweed and coral calcium are too low in phosphorus for puppies and pregnant/nursing dogs, Better Bones is simply powdered bone, with all of the naturally occurring minerals, vitamin D, growth factors and amino acids found in real bone. It is suitable for all life stages. 

Have a question? Call us: US 18776651290 | Canada 16472475654
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  • DR
    Denise R.
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 months ago
    Such a great convenience for my 3 dogs

    I’m new to cooking. I’m also not crazy about messy bones. Plus my George just buried them instead of chewing. It’s super convenient to add after preparing a big batch. I add half to big batch then more for my bigger dog’s bowl. I feel better about giving my dogs a balanced meal

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    The Natural Dog Store
    2 months ago

    Hi Denise! We're thrilled to hear that Better Bones has made mealtime easier for your 3 furry friends. We look forward to providing more convenient solutions for you and your pups in the future!

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    Lori P.
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4 months ago
    Great calcium supplement for home cooked meals

    This has been a great supplement for calcium for my 8-month-old mini schnauzer puppy, a convenient way to provide calcium and phosphorous to her homecooked meals. The instructions are easy to apply and the subscription service ensures I don't run out, shipped right to my door each month. After my batch of food has cooled, I add the recommended number of teaspoons. Done!

    TN Profile picture for The Natural Dog Store
    The Natural Dog Store
    4 months ago

    Hi Lori! Thank you for your positive review! We are so glad to hear that Better Bones has been a great addition to your puppy's home cooked meals. We look forward to continuing to provide you with convenient and reliable service in the future.

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    Tammy B.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4 months ago
    Great addition to raw food diet

    Great supplement to raw food diet to make it complete if the diet is devoid of bones. We add to sweet Ellie's custom diet for her best nutrition.

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    The Natural Dog Store
    4 months ago

    Hi Tammy! Thank you for your positive review! We're so glad Better Bones has been a great addition to sweet Ellie's custom diet. We look forward to continuing to provide her with the best nutrition in the future.

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    Lynn L.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    5 months ago
    Keep this on hand!

    I’m a raw feeder and Certified Raw Feeding Specialist, I took the course years ago and keep learning always. I use this to balance the phosphorus in boneless meats. Also anyone I help with raw feeding I recommend this this product. A friend was getting pre made raw but her dogs were having mushy poops so I gave her some Better Bones and they are all better now.

    TN Profile picture for The Natural Dog Store
    The Natural Dog Store
    5 months ago

    Hi Lynn!
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with our Better Bones product. It's fantastic to hear how it has helped balance the phosphorus in boneless meats for your raw feeding journey. We're thrilled that you've been recommending it to others as well!

  • AC
    Andrea C.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    6 months ago
    Great Bone Supplement

    We recently started preparing my dogs food at home to help with some health issues he is having. After doing extensive research into what constitutes a healthy diet for dogs and discussing it with my holistic vet, I knew my dog needed a high-quality bone meal in his diet. Better Bones is my top choice due to their superior method for processing the bones. The fact that they use lower temperatures without chemicals and bleaches means my dog just gets the good nutrients he needs.

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