I've been reading so so so much about bones, that I'm all mixed up. I recently decided to start giving my havies raw bones. Something in all these years I've never even considered, just thought it was gross, and actually I was raised being taught never to give dogs bones, it's not safe. But I'm so tired of not having something that last and is safe, and the expense. I think I've done everything on the market, that after much research I felt was safe. Now after years of frustration, I'm going to try the old fashioned route, hoping that after all, maybe it's best. But I'm confusd what to get them. There's a meat market down the road. I just called them and asked them what they have to offer. They have assortments of knuckle bones and neckbones. From what I've been able to understand, these would be safe, knuckle bones lasting long term, and I think I'm understanding that they kinda eat the neck bones. But it's been my understanding that they are to be feed raw, that cooked makes them splinter. This meat market says their bones are smoked. Is that safe? Is that like raw? Smoked kinda sounds to me like it would mean like baked. I don't know, this is totally new to me. But my question is, if a few people would chime in please, is smoked ok, safe and non-splintering? Or would it be better if I asked if I could just get their bones raw, which I don't even know if they would sell that way.
As far as the expense, I've been under the impression that this is also an inexpnsive route to go, rather than always buying these expensive chews for our dogs. I think they said they are 2.99 a lb. I have no idea how many bones I would get for that, or if that price is in line. I'm in the upper mid west of the country. I have several havies of different ages that I need to keep in bones. I think I've learned from all this reading that I should get bones that are a bit to large for them, so they have to knaw on them, rather than be able to get them to their back teeth and bite down on them and could break teeth. A couple of mine are aggresssive chewers. And that I shouldn't get the round marrow bones, because they could get them locked around their bottom jaw. But this market isn't selling these anyways.
I'm focused on the knuckle bones right now, since that's what they have, and undecided about neck bones. I don't know how safe these really are. Don't they actually chew these up and eat them? So it would also be more like a treat than a lasting chew bone? Any input please?
They also said they have pig ears for dogs down there. I didn't really question them about them, because it wansn't my interest at the time. But I don't know if they mean the kind you buy at the pet stores, or something raw? Which sounds mushie, germie, stinkie and just plain nasty. Can any of you folks tell me what they meant, and if that would be ok or a good idea for them?
Sorry for the long post, and about someting there is so much info about already, but it's just new and confusing to me. And I don't trust a butcher enough who just wants to sell "all his garbage" to count on them for what's safe for my dogs. I think my most important question right now is what about these smoked bones they have. Are this safe? Thank you for any input.
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