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Bones; How often??

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by PoisonGirl, Aug 5, 2009.


  1. PoisonGirl

    PoisonGirl Banned

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    I was in the butchers with my mum today so thought I would get the dogs a bone... They have been quiet for nearly 15 minutes now! :D

    I want to give them bones because they enjoy them but I don't want to give too often as I want it to be a treat for them.
    But how often is it safe to give them raw bones without upsetting their diet?

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  2. davehyde

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    dunno how often is safe but mine gets a raw meaty bone at least twice a week. raw and juicy succulent........................mmmmm i want one now.
     
  3. Nonnie

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    If its a bone to just gnaw on, then i think almost everyday would be ok.

    Its a bone they are going to consume a large amount then a couple of times a week if you dont want to affect their normal diet.

    Thats just my personal opinion of course.
     
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    My two get a raw bone each every day for their dinner :)
     
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    Buster has a bone for his dinner three/four times a week, chicken wings the remaining days
     
  6. PoisonGirl

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    I'm not sure what kind of bone it was.... But from looking at roasted knuckle bones in pets at home I think tiwas one of them.

    Both have eaten about half of it.

    If I get them the bones that come in a sealed packet from morrisons they eat the whole thing in a day.

    I think I will get them onece a week to start off.

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  7. Nonnie

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    If its the knee of a cow be careful that they dont consume too much of the bone, as weight bearing bones from cattle are indigestible.

    Fine to chew, not to swallow.
     
  8. shazalhasa

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    I'd have thought that raw bones would be far better than the roast bones, as they can contain nasties :(

    I get a tray of raw lamb bones from the butchers in Morrisons, it's the scraps and waste but the dogs love it and it's really cheap too. I also give raw chicken wings 2-3 times a week... keeps their teeth nice and clean ;)
     
  9. davehyde

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    if you use the right bones never cook them as they become brittle and can shard.

    raw = safer and better
     
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    Oh right, ok. So what part of the cow should I ask for next time?
    They are still gnawing away at the meat :) Not actually eaten much of the bone, just a little bit off the side. I will take it away once all the meaty bits are off then.

    We used to get bones with marrow in the middle for our family dog and he spent ages licking it out.

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    dunno if we can get these over here but the yanks swear by deer antlers.
     
  12. dimkaz

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    hi,
    as everything i would suggest moderation and plenty of attention...
    i have found this:
    Feeding Dogs Raw Bones: X-rays of Dogs With Bone Impactions.

    but then, the sponsor of the website is petfooddirect.com

    i do give big bones (raw and/or roasted) but supervise and make sure that they chew them or when they break them to get to the marrow then they won;t get the splinters...
    probably i'm just too cautious but i do never give them poultry bones as they are too sharp. when i give bones for feed i choose nice ribs (of cow or mutton) as the quantity of actual bone in the lot is very little and covered by loads of soft tissue and are plenty of marrow.


    from the same website: some email exchange with wolf and other canines wild life/conservationist experts
    http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/wolfexrep.html


    my dogs are given bones every day either as play-items ore food and i follow the guidelines above very religiously!

    hope this helps.
    d
     
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  13. shazalhasa

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    It doesn't have to be a beef bone but I will say, you are lucky being able to get a beef bone raw from the butcher as I can't get them down here for love nor money :confused:

    I would say to steer clear of pork bones as they are likely to cause worms.

    This might help to put it all into perspective
    http://www.krisannriorawfeeding.com/
     
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  14. Natik

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    when i give my dogs bones they eat the whole thing... i give them to mine about twice a week... :D
     
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