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Bones, Bones and more Bones

I want to give Mikey bones because you all say it's important for them and their teeth but I'm afraid which bones to give. Could someone please post a link to a place that sells safe bones or a store that does. Maybe show me a picture of a good one too. I've heard joint bones are bad, cooked bones are bad... I really don't know much about them but I'm sure Mike would love one.

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http://shop.mercola.com/catalog/dog-bones,94,2.htm

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best place ... your butcher.

"Raw bones are the best thing you can provide for your dog's oral health, but some are more
problematic than others.
You can save quite a bit of money by buying bones from your local grocery store or butcher as
well. Turkey and chicken necks, chicken wings and leg quarters, beef, lamb and pork neck bones
or ribs, lamb and veal shanks and oxtails are all suitable options. These are more or less
consumable, depending on how aggressive of a chewer a dog is.
You can also give recreational bones that are not fully consumable, for example beef or sheep
knuckle bones, but please do not give the tube shaped or sliced middle parts, “marrow bones”
that have the knuckles already removed, like those sold at grocery stores:
The fact that these bones are weight bearing affects the texture of the bone, and the older the
source animal is, the longer and heavier the weight compressing the bone matrix. I'm sure you
have heard of this before when learning that broken bones in young humans and animals heal
much faster than in adults, so it's not exaggerated when I'm telling you that these center parts of
marrow bones are the hardest, most durable bones in the body.
Extremely hard bones like that wear down the teeth and can easily cause slab fractures. An
added problem with sliced, “o-shaped” marrow bones is that they can get stuck in the jaw very
easily. There are much better, safer options available, and the joint knuckles of these large bones
are a great example.
Even wild wolves and African wild dogs (two species who hunt and kill large prey animals) were
observed to only chew off the ends of these bones[1] - their teeth guarantee their survival and
broken ones put them at a disadvantage."
[1] Source: "Raw Meaty Bones Promote Health", Tom Lonsdale, DMV: pp 324 and 325

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In my experience, local grocery stores do not have raw chicken or turkey necks or beef ribs for sale so I buy them at a pet store. Here's one brand I've been happy with:

http://www.rawadvantagepetfood.com/chickennecks.html

Dental chew bones are unsafe for dogs; they take a long time to digest, are often swallowed almost whole because they're difficult to break down in your dog's mouth, and can end up lodged in the esophagus or intestines.
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Dental chew bones are unsafe for dogs; they take a long time to digest, are often swallowed almost whole because they're difficult to break down in your dog's mouth, and can end up lodged in the esophagus or intestines.
Yep. This is REALLY important. I believed a (mis-informed) vet that they had been reformulated and were now safe. That mistake cost me $1,700, plus several worried days with Kodi in the hospital. Don't make the same mistake I did!!!


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My guys eat Primal (raw frozen and freeze dried). Primal also sells frozen raw bones that I give once a week per their recommendation. Summer time is easy, eat it outside. Since the weather is so bad now they get them in their crate on a towel that I later throw in the washer. If they come out of their crate I take it away and they both have learned if they want the bone they have to eat it in the crate. I'll keep them out for a couple hours then I scrape out the marrow and save it to put in their dinner. Both Tim and Mae love them.

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Yep. This is REALLY important. I believed a (mis-informed) vet that they had been reformulated and were now safe. That mistake cost me $1,700, plus several worried days with Kodi in the hospital. Don't make the same mistake I did!!!
You must be talking about "Greenies". I wouldn't use those either, but the ones that Dr. Becker endorses are safe and not the same thing as those others. But then again time will tell. It's always a crap shoot although perhaps an educated one. There's lots of things that most people can eat but will kill someone else, goes for dogs too!


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I won't feed my Hav any dental chews, whether the Greenie brand or the one Dr. Becker endorses. Those are not true bones. Instead, I feed Emmie raw chicken or turkey necks or raw beef ribs. -Jeanne-
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I had no idea it was safe to give them bones....and that turkey necks or chicken legs could be consumed...I thought those types of things were choking hazzards. That's interesting and a little exciting loll. I'll need to learn more...
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I was confused about that too. Just make sure they are raw and not cooked!!!


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