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Old 09-24-2008, 03:37 PM
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What are the various kinds of bones I can safely give my (14 pound!) dog, and where do I get them? Where do you get yours?

Do you get them packaged from WalMart or the pet store?

Do you get them from the butcher counter at your local grocery store? If so, how do you ask for them?

Do you give them your chicken bones after you are done eating the meat? Those are cooked - that's a no-no, right?

What about raw chicken bones (like a drumstick bone)?

Beef, pork, or chicken?

Help me out - I'm 99.9% sure Leo would love anything I'd give him along these lines, but I want to make sure it's safe and all that.

Keep in mind I'm not trying to feed him a raw diet, or anything. Just give him something to chew on that he'll like.
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:50 PM
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If you're looking for something to give him a good, safe chew session, I'd forget the bones. Give him a bully stick instead. My mom's maltese loves them, and they last quite a while for smaller dogs.

If you'd really prefer natural bones, I'd go with those big smoked knuckle bones you get at the store. I've never had problems with those. As the dog gnaws, the knuckle breaks into little crumbles. When the knuckle part is gone, just throw the rest of the bone away.

While a lot of people recommend marrow bones, I'm really leery of those. My golden retriever cracked a molar on one.
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Old 09-24-2008, 04:01 PM
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So, you mean the smoked knuckle bones from the pet store, right? Usually found completely shrink-wrapped in the treat aisle?
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Old 09-24-2008, 04:30 PM
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Yup. The ones I get are pretty good-sized, about the size of a large grapefruit. I don't know if they come in a variety of sizes or not.
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Old 09-24-2008, 04:52 PM
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I personally don't like the smoked . I've had them shatter . I know many give raw chicken bones , but I'm too afraid of splintered bones .
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Old 09-24-2008, 05:04 PM
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Always raw. It's safest. Or bully sticks like Gempress said.

If you choose raw you can feed any 'soft' bone which includes ALL poultry bones and ribs, tails, and necks from cows, moose, etc. Rabbits are all soft bones as well.

For gnawing/entertainment you can give knuckle bones which are often sold as soup bones. They gnaw off the softer knuckles and lick out the marrow. Then you take it away. Weight-bearing bones will crack their teeth and pieces may chip off. Once the knuckles are gone all you have left is the weight-bearing bone so make sure to take it away
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:58 PM
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Call me crazy, but can a 14lb dog actually get through a knuckle bone? The ones I have seen in stores are, at the bare minimum, the size of my fist.

You could try some raw chicken necks/backs/thighs if you want to give him an edible but still recreational chewing experience. For a dog that size, those should take a little while to go through.
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:18 PM
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I'm bad !!! I rarely throw them away . Been lucky though , have never had a broken tooth .
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Old 09-25-2008, 04:29 AM
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PLEASE don't give your dog smoked anything... or sterilized anything, for that matter... my dogs have eaten thousands of raw meaty bones, and probably hundreds of raw knuckle bones, completely safely. The ONE smoked knuckle bone Gonzo got 5 years ago was the only thing that cracked his molar, really badly. It was a sliver away from needing to be extracted, which is very costly, and I know many people whose dogs cracked teeth on smoked/cooked/sterilized bones. The danger in cooked bones of any kind is that fact that the moisture is entirely drained from them, they are brittle and super hard. When you press your nail into a raw bone, it will leave a dent. When you do that to a cooked bone, it will not. When a dog chews on a cooked bone, it will splinter, and/or the harder bones could damage teeth easily.

The only raw bones you need to be careful with are weight-bearing bones, for the most part, which are leg bones. Chicken leg bones are fairly small and soft, but anything pretty much turkey-sized and up tend to have very thick leg bones. The one weight-bearing beef bone I do feed is knuckle bones, the "knee", because instead of the thick femur bone with a thin layer of meat, the knuckle has a very small bone in the center which is covered in meat and cartilege. Knuckle bones should be thrown out once the dog reaches the boney center, but it takes a good hour or two to get through the meat and cartilege, which is what really cleans the teeth amazingly well. They have to rip and pull at the cartilege, which does the best job at cleaning the crevices of a canine's teeth. And dogs reallyyy enjoy them, and get a work-out from all of that chewing/handling!

I would feed knuckle bones, for recreation, to a 14 lb dog. You can find them at most butchers and many grocery stores, but you'll probably have to ask for them. You can even get them cut in half to be more manageable for your dog. To start with, it would be best to keep the chewing sessions to a minimum... give him 10-15 minutes, rinse it off and put it back into the freezer, then give him another 10-15 minutes another day. One knuckle bone should last him several sessions, and if you freeze it in between you don't need to worry about bacteria.

Other beneficial raw meaty bones are chicken, turkey, pork and lamb necks and chicken/turkey wings.
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:16 PM
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[QUOTE=ihartgonzo;1191977]PLEASE don't give your dog smoked anything... or sterilized anything, for that matter

Smoked inclusive those "oven-treat bone" sold on pet shop ? i believe is smoked - because after eating my dog very thristy. So is dangerous?

I give my dog raw lamb leg bone, he is not interested, maybe is bit tasteless.

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