Now this is something that dogs are commonly known for doing but why do they bury their bones? Maybe not so much now due to commercial foods available and less dog owners are feeding Raw Meaty Bones… 😦
Now I’ve seen many websites, books etc state such things as a natural instinct based on survival, burying to eat later, to hide from other predictors etc…
Now I’m intrigued to believe there is another reason, but this reason maybe giving our canine companions more credit than I should, however, I’ve been toying with the concept that dogs bury their bones intentionally but for a nutritonal/medicinal need. What what?
Confused? Well let me explain a little more, the soil in which they bury their bones, are full of microorganisms , types and levels of are effected by the pH level of the soil, however it’s been documented recently how soil based probiotics are proving to be a very beneficial part of a dogs diet in respect of helping to support the “friendly” bacteria in the gut which in turn helps with vitamin and mineral absorption/utilisation.
Here’s a list of common soil based probiotics that can be found online in various brands:Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus paracasei, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus clausii, Bacillus coagulans, Saccharomyces boulardii
Here’s a list of phylum bacteria that can help clean/breakdown bones (help with decomposition) :Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Acidobacteria, Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Gemmatimonadetes and many more!
Now this is what intrigues me, as you should be aware I’m a great fan of self selection/nutrigenomics, now this is basically where the dog knows what foods they need to consume to Remedy themselves if they are unwell, ie: Eating grass when they have an upset stomach/fibre requirement.
So are dogs burying bones to obtain beneficial probiotics to help support their own gut? Sounds smart right? Well If I’m right , it is bloody smart! Instead of a dog eating dirt, they bury the bones and let the necessary bacteria compromise the bones and then dig back up to consume? Or another angle, is that dogs maybe able to tell when their foods have become contaminated with pathogens such as E-Coli or salmonella, so they bury the bones in order to clean them? A method of Burying bones in compost has been used for centuries to help clean and preserve bones!
So are dogs really this smart? I guess we’ll never know but I’d surely like to think so! Until research tells me otherwise!
References: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313841692_A_review_of_bone_preparation_techniques_for_anatomical_studies –https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=acidobacteria&oq=acidoba#d=gs_qabs&u=%23p%3Dxvamd_nlJzUJ–https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0204691