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Old 04-25-2011, 09:11 AM
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Default Pressure Cooker / Chicken Bones

I saw a thread on my bowhunting site... This guy keeps all the bones from when they eat chicken. When they get enough, he puts them in a pressure cooker to soften them up, then grinds them and feeds them to his dogs.

Anybody here every hear of that? Try it?

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Old 04-25-2011, 09:14 AM
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There's a few varieties of Merrick's canned food that have whole chicken in them. Wingaling and Smothered Comfort. Wingaling has whole chicken wings and Smothered comfort has a chicken thigh, and they're both pressure cooked so they're soft and edible. Never heard of anyone having problems with the pressure cooked bones.
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I have fed my dogs pressure cooker chicken bones for years, and so did my mother before me. We eat the broth, they eat the carcass, everyone's happy.
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How do you cook them? I'd be very interested in doing that.
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I would NEVER cook bones in anyway! Raw bones are the only safe bones for a dog.
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I would NEVER cook bones in anyway! Raw bones are the only safe bones for a dog.
Interesting statement.

If the bones are soft (read: not splintery) I don't see a problem with it at all - it should be fine. The only reason you should not feed cooked bones is because they become brittle and can splinter, and if pressure cooking doesn't cause this, there's no reason not to. There's bone meal and cooked bones in plenty of dog foods and they haven't killed my dog yet.
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Interesting statement.

If the bones are soft (read: not splintery) I don't see a problem with it at all - it should be fine. The only reason you should not feed cooked bones is because they become brittle and can splinter, and if pressure cooking doesn't cause this, there's no reason not to. There's bone meal and cooked bones in plenty of dog foods and they haven't killed my dog yet.
Pressure cooking is still not considered raw. It is a form of cooking,so I would not feed bones that way. "soft" is what causes the splintering. You can feed it to your dog, but I won't.
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Pressure cooking is still not considered raw. It is a form of cooking,so I would not feed bones that way. "soft" is what causes the splintering. You can feed it to your dog, but I won't.
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"Soft" is SOFT, squishy and pliable. Not splintery. I'm glad that you seem to have researched all the pros of a raw diet, but holy crap there is no need to use such vague arguments against something like this. Clearly you've never seen a pressure cooked bone, because the last thing they can do is splinter. They may not be as nutritious and fatty as raw bones, but they are not devoid of nutrition after cooking, and this sounds like a great way to reduce waste and feed the dogs at the same time.

Until you know what you're talking about, please stop acting like you do and stop treating the people in this thread with such a condescending tone.

I think pressure cooking bones is a great idea, I might do that next time I have some instead of throwing them away.
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I think pressure cooking bones is a great idea, I might do that next time I have some instead of throwing them away.
I used to have several rats; It was so nice because I never needed to waste cooked bones of any sort. My rats LOVED to gnaw on chicken bones (of course with them you don't have to worry about splintering with the (non pressure cooked) cooked bones).
We got a pressure cooker for Christmas so now I know what to do with the bones now that I no longer have my ratties.
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I would NEVER cook bones in anyway! Raw bones are the only safe bones for a dog.
Actually Jen, larger chicken bones, such as thigh and leg bones, after being cooked in a pressure cooker for over an hour practically dissolve in four finger tips, much the way salmon and mackerel bones do in canned fish. Provided you ensure they've been pressure cooked to that level they are totally safe. You mentioned only giving dogs raw bones, while being more nutrient loaded, that also poses the risk of chipping teeth and enamel.
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