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Old 02-10-2007, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been giving Bailey raw bones which he absolutely loves but i'm not sure how long i should leave them kicking about the garden. Sometimes he'll munch them in a day but other times they're laying around the garden for a few days then i gather them up and throw them in the bin and give him a new one. Does anyone have any idea on the length of time i should leave it before throwing them away as i'm worried about Bailey getting poorly. Thanks.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Can`t really say as when CJ has one its gone in less than half an hour!! (he doesn`t have the really big ones though) Cindy otoh usually takes the meat off but can`t crunch them like CJ can, i take them off her and bin them, mainly so it doesn`t any confrontation between the pair of them.

I`d say don`t keep them beyond about 24 hours, specially as they are outside and attractive to flies etc.

Others will hopefully be able to advise better than me
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I can't help you with your query. Personally, I am too scared to give Herbie raw bones to chew on. He is a very powerful chewer and I'm concerned that he could break his teeth, which can happen in such cases. I also think that he would become too "territorial" over the bone. We give Herbie "Nylabones" to chew on and we buy the ones for powerful chewers.

I feel that Herbie would love to have a chomp on a lovely raw bone, but I'm not happy about feeding them to him. However, if he did have them, I think I would be inclined to give him fresh ones every few days to avoid any risk of upsetting his tummy with possible bacterial growth, especially with the bones being in the garden.

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I have read on here before that some people take the bone away after a few hours, wrap in up in a carrier bag and put it in the freezer - that way it stays 'fresher' - and you can give frozen bones, but I am not sure how many times I would do this :?



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Old 02-10-2007, 09:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I usually give Bailey a raw bone for 40 mins to an hour then throw it away, it has usually been stripped of it's meat by then.

Plus, as she is still a baby, I watch her through the window whilst she is eating it, so an hour is usually enough for us.
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Old 02-10-2007, 09:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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oohhh lord - I freeze and get out loads of times - Ruby the 'I'm full actually' rarely pays attention to a bone for more than 10 mins. I have some in my freezer that have been there for weeks.

I dont do it this way in the summer though or if the bones have been totally thawed tbh just if she has had a nibble for 10 mins then walks of chasing something.

My take on it is, they eat cat poo, horse poo, fox poo, manky old carcusses that have been there for god knows how long, refrozen bones aint gonna do them ANY harm.
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Old 02-10-2007, 09:16 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Bones don't usually last long enough at our house to be refrozen many times, but if they do last more than one session we refreeze and get out again. If you're worried about keeping raw bones for long give him lamb rib bones or similar that he can munch up in one session, they will also give his teeth a really good clean.
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Old 02-10-2007, 11:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I agree with previous post, if they can eat fox poo, dog poo, cow poo, horse poo, goose poo, mud, moss, feathers, leaves, flies, spiders I find it hard to believe anything can upset them. I let jasper have his for a few days start frozen when he can't reach anymore marrow I use the it on top of his food for a couple of days then when he has eaten all the nice bits and its virtually clean I give it a scrub with an old toothbrush and boiling water and through it in the garden for burying in pots of mud for him to find. We haven't had any tummy problems apart from one that was his first weekend home. He has a new bone every week or two so he has quite a good turn around.
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hehe florence you reminded me - once Ruby buried one and 'found' it months later rotten and maggoty and we couldnt get it off ehr for love nor money - and she was fine even after that :wink:
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I have to confess that bones get left in our garden for a good few days at a time in most cases. Leo doesn't tend to bother with them after the first day but Daisy will gnaw on them for days (to be honest after the first day there's not much meat left at all, think she just enjoys chewing the bone).

As Vicky said, with all the other rubbish they eat sometimes I think they have strong tummies - Daisy never has a dodgy belly at all!

Bit like kids and dirt in my opinion! :wink:



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