Bones

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  1. Bloopy

    Bloopy New Member

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    Well i give my dog a bone once in a while "i make sure he cant eat any big chunks or break it apart" but after intense chewing he can get tiny little peices out and eat them.. this wouldent harm my dog would it? i know dogs eating bones can cause problems but thats only if they can break off huge chunks right? i mean these peices are very small.. like pebble sizes and well iuno how else to describ them at the most there half a centimeter in diameter
     
  2. Bailey+Ralph

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    The bones are Raw?
    I wouldn't allow Bailey to literally eat chunks off of the Bone.........I will take them if i see him doing this.
    Wasn't it your little one that swallowed a Pork chop bone a while ago?? If so, how was the outcome of that??
     
  3. Red_ACD_for_me

    Red_ACD_for_me Ruled by a RED boy!

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    You should only feed raw meaty bones such as marrow bones etc. I hope you aren't giving him cooked bones cuz those can be deadly :(
     
  4. My dogs eat a lot of bones. Chicken bones, pork bones, beef bones, certain turkey bones.

    All raw.

    Raw bones are good for dogs (in moderation combined with an all around healthy diet, of course).
     
  5. Danegirl2208

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    theres absolutly nothing wrong with giving him RAW bones.. unlike cooked or steamed bones, Raw bones are pliable and will not splinter when chewed..they are very good for dogs
     
  6. juliefurry

    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    well what if they start to eat them? Hannah will actually eat the whole bone if we don't take them away.
     
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    my dogs get raw marrow bones for recreation (as well as being sporadically raw-fed). they will break pieces of the marrow bones off- just small ones- and swallow them sometimes. once in awhile somebody'll puke some up on the carpet- bone bits and bile. interestingly, the bone pieces are very rubbery when they come back up. rather gross, but also reassuring.
     
  8. Mordy

    Mordy Quigleyfied

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    It shouldn't be a problem at all if you

    1. stay away from weightbearing bones of large animals (e.g. the "O" shaped slices of marrow bones you find in little trays at the grocery store) and
    2. don't feed larger bones that have potential to come apart "bare" but with the meat still on them (e.g. turkey wings and drumsticks, lamb shanks) or after a meal so that there's something in the stomach that acts as a "padding" until the stomach acid can do its job. :)
     
  9. juliefurry

    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    Wait, so dogs CAN eat the raw bones or should you try not to have them eat them. Hannah gets the nature's variety ham bones and occasionally she will get all the meat off and if we don't take the bone away instead of just chewing on it she will actually start eating it!
     
  10. DanL

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    A ham bone is a cooked bone, you don't want her to eat that. Raw bones are fine, even if they eat pieces. We feed our guys beef short ribs as part of their meal, and they will eat all the meat off and then work on the bones. Once they get real small I take them away so they don't swallow them whole. We also feed pork ribs a lot. Gunnar will get a section of 3-4 ribs (maybe 2lbs total). He starts at one end and works his way to the other, eating bones and meat together. Same goes for pork shoulder bones, he might get a 2-3lb chunk of pork with the bone in it, and he'll eat the entire thing bone and all.

    I will also attest to noticing that if someone pukes up a piece of bone, it is always rubbery feeling. Those stomach juices are really strong- naturally designed for dissolving bones.
     
  11. Bobsk8

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    Really dangerous to give your dog raw bones like that. If you disagree, try sitting down and chewing and swallowing some chicken bones yourself and see what happen.
     
  12. weylyn

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    We're not dogs :)

    Like Redyre, my dogs also eat a wide variety of raw bones to eat and chew. As long as you take proper precautions, they are not as dangerous as most people believe.
     
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    Saje Island dweller

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    I feed raw bones too but it sort of sounds like bloopy might be feeding weight bearing bones which is dangerous. At least that's the visual I got.
     
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    http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/bones.html
     
  15. DanL

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    bob there are so many benefits to raw bones, its worth it to feed them. Your dog can choke on it's kibble just as easily as a bone. You feed your dog rawhide or any other kind of chewy treat? Even worse. It's not surprising that your source is sponsored by a pet food vendor. If you don't want to feed your dog bones, thats up to you, but many of us have been doing so successfully for a long time. Just so you know, it's the cooked bones that are dangerous. The cooking process changes the bone and allows it to splinter. Raw bones rarely splinter.
     
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    Bobsk8, there are risks and rewards in everything in life. Even dog food. I think this applies very well:

    "Feeding your dog is about management of risk. No matter which path you decide to take there is always risk. There is always someone who will criticise your decision. However you, and only you can decide what is best for your dogs. Weigh up all the benefits and risks. Do your own analysis. Do your research. Do what will have the greatest overall benefit for your dog. " Jane Anderson

    http://www.b-naturals.com/Spr1999.php
     
  17. Mordy

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    Julie, it really depends how much of a chewer your dog is. :)

    My Quigley is fairly small (28 pounds) but very determined, he will completely consume things like beef neck bones, lamb shanks and so on. Dogs who eat a raw diet exclusively must ingest enough bone matter to balance the phosphorus content in the meat but at the same time you don't want the dog to eat excessive amounts of bone matter only, since it can lead to constipation.

    Bobsk8, I wouldn't put too much stock in information on a website that is affiliated with one of the largest online pet supply businesses. They'd prefer you spend $50 on commercial foods and chewies rather than walking to the grocery store and buying a couple day's worth of food for your dog for under $5.
     
  18. DanL

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    Quigley can power thru a beef neckbone? Wow! I can get neckbones here, they are pretty big so I have them saw them into sections that are about a pound each. I'm not sure how much of the bone they actually eat but I always end up picking up some good size pieces. Same for beef ribs, they always seem to leave a good part of them behind, so I let them use them as rec bones. Any pork bones they munch right up though.
     
  19. Mordy

    Mordy Quigleyfied

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    Dan, not the entire neck bone. :) I get chuck neck from my supplier, cut in slices that are each just large enough for one meal - but Quigley does eat them completely, most of the time there's nothing left over at all.

    When he gets beef ribs, the thickest bone parts tend to hang around for a couple days too, or until they are all dried up and I throw them out.

    I've made the same experience with pork bones, they are nice and soft since the pigs don't get to live very long. :)
     
  20. DanL

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    Right, I didn't mean the entire neck. The ones I get are the neck sliced down the center, then I have them cut that into pound sized chunks, but the bones in there are still pretty thick. Maybe I should have them do 1/2" slices or something like that next time and see how that works.
     

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