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Old 21-04-2016, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I picked up some beef bones from my butcher and after getting onto the topic of dogs, he offered me a big bag at no charge.

They are quite big.. not entirely sure what kind of bone exactly but not weight bearing (which is pretty much the only thing i know to avoid, bone wise). I will post some pics later on when I get home - advanced warning for anyone squeamish!.

Does anyone feed raw bones on here? Do you give them for certain amounts of time and then take them away? Graham will chew until it's gone if he could but as they have still got a little bit of meat on i don't want him gorging on it and being ill later on.

Also, as I have a few, do you keep them in the freezer or the fridge?
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Old 21-04-2016, 04:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I give Mason them now and then. If its a rib he'll pretty much finish it in a hour or two. If its a shin or knuckle I just leave him with it. He'll chew on it for quite a while and then leave it until the next day where he'll start again.

If I have a few I keep them in the freezer. No need to thaw before giving them.

If you feed them in the garden then in the evening place them in a bag and hang from your washing line. This will keep the slugs and snails off them.

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Yes, I feed raw bones as my 2 are raw fed! Depending on size you might want to just give them as a recreational bone, something to chew on for a while and strip all the meat off but not fully consume?

Bones my lot eat fully - Chicken - leg, wing, neck. Lamb - breast, rib, neck. Beef - rib. Pork - rib, trotter, tail.

Anything bigger I give as recreational only, and take it off them after an hour or so. You can keep them and give again if you wish.

You can keep them in the freezer of fridge, which ever you fancy, but if you've been given a lot then maybe put some in the freezer and just get out one a week? One thing to keep an eye on though is poo, too much bone can cause constipation, if eating the whole thing then about 20% of their daily allowance should be bone.

And the big bonus is your dog will love you for giving them!
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Ah thank you both! Thankfully I have a lot of freezer space, so will be keeping them in there just didn't know whether you need to defrost before giving them.

Thanks for the bag idea, I would have never thought about that but was a little worried as leaving a bone on the grass in the sun would worry me a little i think.
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Yes, I feed raw bones as my 2 are raw fed! Depending on size you might want to just give them as a recreational bone, something to chew on for a while and strip all the meat off but not fully consume?

Bones my lot eat fully - Chicken - leg, wing, neck. Lamb - breast, rib, neck. Beef - rib. Pork - rib, trotter, tail.

Anything bigger I give as recreational only, and take it off them after an hour or so. You can keep them and give again if you wish.

You can keep them in the freezer of fridge, which ever you fancy, but if you've been given a lot then maybe put some in the freezer and just get out one a week? One thing to keep an eye on though is poo, too much bone can cause constipation, if eating the whole thing then about 20% of their daily allowance should be bone.

And the big bonus is your dog will love you for giving them!
I dont think he could fully eat these ones by the looks of them, and I only really got them for recreational purposes to replace the natural rawhide we have been giving (it's quite pricey for the 'decent' stuff) so wasn't planning on him eating it whole like chicken wings etc although it may be something to consider in the future!

If i were to give him one with a fair amount of meat on, would you suggest cutting down his tea a little bit?

We're going to trial one this evening so dont want to overload him with food!
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This is good advice...but I am confused about the mention of chicken when is it safe to give chicken bones? I thought they were to be avoided at all costs but have now read a couple of trails that have talked about giving chicken bones.
Please can anyone give advice on when chicken bones are safe?
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If i were to give him one with a fair amount of meat on, would you suggest cutting down his tea a little bit?

We're going to trial one this evening so dont want to overload him with food!
He's still young isn't he, so wouldn't worry too much about a bit extra if it's only once or twice a week. After all, we all eat a bit much sometimes don't we!?
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This is good advice...but I am confused about the mention of chicken when is it safe to give chicken bones? I thought they were to be avoided at all costs but have now read a couple of trails that have talked about giving chicken bones.
Please can anyone give advice on when chicken bones are safe?
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Chicken bones are fine as long as raw, it's when they're cooked they become brittle and can splinter so never give them cooked chicken bones. Forgot to mention above, but mine love a good chicken carcass, cheap as chips and good to use up all that waste us humans leave (raw still obviously!).
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Oh interesting. ..thanks for that!

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Just to add to this...when we were switching Monty to MWH a while ago, Phil G mentioned feeding raw to me then. Although we haven't completely switched he does now have a bone a day more or less.

He gets 130g kibble for brekkie, biscuit for lunch post walk, and 130g at 5ish for tea. When we have our supper, out comes the bone as Monty doesn't yet have great table manners so we're still on the 'distract' method.

Monty's variety includes (all raw, all frozen straight from the freezer); chicken wings, legs, thighs, beef ribs (morrisons do beef bones packaged from butchers counter), pork ribs, oxtails, duck necks (frozen from pet shop). I have given Monty a pigs trotter which randomly our garden centre do but as Phil G said, it made him very constipated so if I give him a trotter, I never let him have it all in one sitting.

Monty will also have a marrowbone in the day sometimes if I'm on a telco with work and he's getting itchy for company.

So I do reduce his food portion and keep an eye on number twos but he loves it (so much so, I'm now struggling to get him to eat his kibble....but that's for another thread!)
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