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Question What kind of Bones??

In various threads I have read mention of giving chicken necks and marrow bones and pork bones to dogs to munch on. What are the kind of bones I should be buying/requesting of the butcher? And they should always be raw, right? Cooked bones can splinter? I don't think I can go the half a rabbit route that the guys in Toronto have, but I know Lola would love to munch on a bone for about 5 hours! It seems more natuiral than the frozen cream cheese in the Kong.

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Hi Anne!

Is your dog currently a raw feeder? if so I'm sure he/she will LOVE the raw meaty bones!

I giev my Beamer beef neck bones and pork bones... He seems to liek the prok bones more..

Yes, raw bones are the way to go, as cooked bones can/could/will splinter... perhaps in a large breed dog its ok, but for the small guys, it could casue some serious issues..

I have yet to venture over to the half rabbit.. i took sa look last week at the store, and I knew my wife would have a problem with it, so i saved myself some troubke and did not bring it home.. lol... but Daniel's guys seem to enjoy..soooooooooo...

I also feed Beamer chicken necks.. but have never fed him marrow bones as they are VERY HARD and could potentially break his teeth$$$$$$$. Prolly best to leave the marrow bones for the larger breed dogs..

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I think you have to distinguish between recreational bones and raw meaty bones.

Raw meaty bones (or RMBs) are soft enough for the dog to chew up and eat - things like chicken necks, turkey necks, or duck necks, which make up about 60% of your dog’s diet and 50% of your cat’s diet. Recreational bones, on the other hand, are larger bones that the dog will chew on but will not eat the whole bone - things like beef marrow or beef neck bones.

As to the rabbit. I don't think I'll buy those anymore. My guys were constipated for almost 2 days afterwards. I haven't seen any pork bones but to be honest I'm a little nervous now buying pork after it being in the news lately. Apparently there's some bacteria that they are finding on almost all pork which is like a super bacteria.

I think for recreational bones the beef necks seem to be best for my guys. I buy them in two different sizes, toy and small. The toy ones I feed more frequently just to give them something quick, whereas the small ones will keep my guys busy for 2hrs.
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When you give them a RMB, is that in place of a meal? Lola eats Nature's Variety raw freeze-dried and kibble, but not hardcore raw! I am not certain I want to disrupt her diet as she has been a great eater (and pooper).

So it looks like the recreational bones is more what I am looking for. Just something to keep her happy for a few hours. She gets bored with bully sticks after about an hour.


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When I give Beamer the RMB's, I replace it with 1 meal if the bone is brand new, becasue there is so much meat on it and he will eat first before actually chewing on the bone. The first few times I gave him the bones Imade the mistake of feedinghim then tossing him a bone..
I have a scale and I weighed it before and after the first feeding. He took over 3onces of meat/bone off it in about. so that plus his dinner of 2oz, he was eating way to much.. lol

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With the RMB I sometimes feed Bogie 2 or 3 chicken necks for dinner. If I feed them a recreational bone, I will usually give them maybe one chicken neck then toss them the bones. I kinda figured that the bones have about 2 oz or so of meat on them. I feed my guys a little more since I have two and they keep pretty active playing all day.
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I've given the dogs bones before, straight from the freezer usually, but have to wonder how you guys do it? Does the dog stay on a towel, in one room, in his crate? How do you avoid having raw meaty bones and chunks/juices all over the house? Summer is coming - probably one day - and I hate the idea of raw meat on our wood deck outside and even worse in the house.

Any ideas on how to avoid the mess?




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Hi Marj!

Yeah, this was a concern for me to. I place the bone on a very large beach towel. Beamer knows not to take it off the blanket.. he used to try along time ago, but not any more!

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Same here, on a blanket. Brando will try to take the bone somewhere else every once in awhile. I just send him back to the blanket...an old bed sheet of mine. I have to wash it weekly though.
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I will try that. Thanks, guys. I find that Sammy gets totally 'cave man' when he's got a bone/treat and there is tension between the two so I like to keep them separate. I'll try again soon.




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