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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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Old 04-25-2011, 04:01 PM
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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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Old 04-26-2011, 12:08 PM
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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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Soft things cannot splinter. To be brittle, you need to be hard. Most cooked bones get harder vs softer therefore get far more dangerous.

I am all for raw food, but this sort of sentiment puzzles me. Sure raw is better, but isn't fresh cooked better for people to feed than processed? The main reason cooked bones are bad is not because they are cooked (unlike meat that denatures when cooked, bones are much less effected chemically by heat) but because they typically become dangerous to eat.
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With cooked you lose the dental benefits of raw, as well as nutrients.
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With cooked you lose the dental benefits of raw, as well as nutrients.
Dental benefits? Well if you are comparing whole raw to cooked. Many people feed ground to get the nutritional benefits.

Also who is to say someone choosing this from time to time isn't also feeding the odd raw meaty bone?

The whole idea that it looses nutrients... well that is just silly. We are talking BONES. Calcium does not denature, cooking does not change its structure or its bioavailability. Also FYI cooking increases the bioavailablility of some foods in regards to dogs.
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