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Old 12-12-2013, 06:23 PM
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I got chicken wings to try first
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:37 AM
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I've been feeding a raw diet but have really only been using ground meat/meat without bones. I've heard so many different stories about dogs choking or cracking teeth on bones, or getting bone splinters stuck in they're intestines or puncturing they're insides. It's horrifying to me, as a new puppy owner, to even think of giving him anything with a bone in it. Yet I also hear and read about so many people that do feed bones and never have a problem at all.

So are bones really safe to feed? What bones are ok and which ones should I stay away from? Are the bones digestible?

Has anyone here ever had they're dog choke on a piece of a bone before? Any vet visits for cracked teeth?
I feed boil chicken bones to my 5 years old Labrador and had no issue till now. In fact my dog loves it and is in good health.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:56 PM
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We are feeding out dogs with bones also. They enjoyed it so much and got no issues with it.
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:07 PM
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I've been feeding a raw diet but have really only been using ground meat/meat without bones. I've heard so many different stories about dogs choking or cracking teeth on bones, or getting bone splinters stuck in they're intestines or puncturing they're insides. It's horrifying to me, as a new puppy owner, to even think of giving him anything with a bone in it. Yet I also hear and read about so many people that do feed bones and never have a problem at all.

So are bones really safe to feed? What bones are ok and which ones should I stay away from? Are the bones digestible?

Has anyone here ever had they're dog choke on a piece of a bone before? Any vet visits for cracked teeth?
Bones are essential to a raw diet, it's just a matter of feeding correct bones. You want to feed edible bones, NOT weight bearing bones of large animals like cow, elk, moose, deer etc... Those are the ones that can crack or break teeth.

If you are feeding meat only, no bones or organs then you are feeding a very unbalanced diet. Lacking tons of vital nutrients.

Large cuts for the dog to really work on and chew is also beneficial, over anything ground.
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:05 PM
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I think everyone is different. I've had two different dogs choke, one on a turkey neck and one on a chicken neck. I refuse to feed those pieces. I almost lost my girl that choked on the turkey neck. I won't ever forget this instances, especially since one required surgery after the fact.

But everyone has different opinions, and there's always an inherent risk no matter which bones you feed. Just do your research, know your dog's eating style, and keep an eye out for any issues.
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Just try and avoid weight bearing bones

We feed necks, ribs, chicken backs, chickens feet, wings etc.

They so occasionally get larger bones but are supervised. They CAN snap shards off weight bearing bones.
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Has anyone here ever had they're dog choke on a piece of a bone before?
Ironically, the only dogs I've ever personally experienced choke on anything, choked on kibble. That being said though, I wouldn't have fed my dane drummettes or wings because she could, theoretically, easily choked on something that small, while they were perfectly sized for my little bitty feist.

Also, take into consideration your dog's eating style. My dane would've happily gulped a pig down if she could've figured out how to get it in her mouth, so I had to choose things that forced her to chew and not instantly swallow without effort.
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I feed boil chicken bones to my 5 years old Labrador and had no issue till now. In fact my dog loves it and is in good health.
Cooked bones, especially poultry bones, are a HUGE no-no. Please don't.
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