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PostSubject: What bones are safe to chew?   Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:10 pm

Hi!

This morning I gave Rumo a Barkworthies beef rib bone.
It was about 1/2" thick and 6" long.
My vision was that he would hold it between his front paws and gnaw off the meat...

But instead, I heard cracking and splintering sounds!
I went to check and I saw this:



He finished it without a problem, but I was very nervous watching him. Shocked
So is this normal/ok, or this is not OK?

I usually give him bully sticks/rings.

I just picked up the beef rib bone because it was on sale (very inexpensive, like less than $2)
Should I avoid giving him such bones in future?!

Is there a kind of bone where dogs can just gnaw, and not crack/break the bone?


Thanks!

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PostSubject: Re: What bones are safe to chew?   Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:26 pm

As long as it wasn't cooked, he should be okay. I by scrap bones from a Mennonite butcher and keep them in freezer. Usually they are beef and are a variety of rib, neck, blade and marrow bones.
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PostSubject: Re: What bones are safe to chew?   Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:21 pm

Chicken feet are a good easy option that's good for cleaning teeth and healthy.

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PostSubject: Re: What bones are safe to chew?   Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:31 pm

Thanks, making notes!

That beef Rib bone did not look raw to me...
it was shrinkwrapped and labeled, and looked brownish.
So I don’t think I will buy another one! Those pieces looked sharp.
I think intended for a small dog, maybe.

I also offered an elk antler, but it has been lying around unchewed for months!

The “fake rawhide”was enjoyed, but gave him yellow watery poop.

The bully sticks disappear in under 15 minutes.

So...onward in my quest for the perfect Bone! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: What bones are safe to chew?   Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:36 pm

My pups get raw frozen beef marrow bones several times per week. They keep them busy, and also help clean their teeth. I get them free from my local butcher, as they are normally thrown away.
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PostSubject: Re: What bones are safe to chew?   Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:40 pm

Shrink wrapped kind are baked. Opt for raw ribs. Mine get a raw pork rib sometimes,. Kills my husband when I buy a rack of pork ribs for the dogs. You may have more luck with moose antlers if you think elk might be too hard. Moose slices are softer. Mine love hymalayan chews. They last fairly well for them.

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PostSubject: Re: What bones are safe to chew?   Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:48 pm

Thanks, will look into those!
My regular grocery has a butcher counter, so that would be convenient.

I was just reading online and it says that those shrinkwrapped commercial ‘bones’ are smoked.
They are actually dry and prone to splinter (scary!)
There are so many of these chew products out there, and I think it’s even harder if you have a big dog. Something a little dog will chew for hours, just breaks in half in their jaws!
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