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Old 25-11-2015, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm quite keen to give my two the occasional raw bone to chew on but I'm not actually sure what to give them . I know cooked bones are a no no .
Finn is terrible for gulping food . He has his kibble in water to help slow him down but when I've tried him with things like raw duck neck he swallowed it whole , and it was frozen
Is there anything I can give him which is safe enough where he won't be able to swallow large pieces ? Thanks

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Old 25-11-2015, 11:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Frozen marrow bone? Give him it for half an hour or 20 mins, then take it back and pop in the freezer.
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I got home from work last night and was gutted NOT to be greeted by a happy, wiggly, wagging tail.

Mrs Goody had given Judy a fresh marrow bone and Judy is not for turning when shes on that! They are great and take a good long time for her to get through.
We are careful with giving them to her as, believe it or not, the way she grabs them with her front paws seems to effect her ED after a while!!

I'm a big fan of giving a bit of the old raw every now and then with her kibble and supplements.

We sometimes get the full marrow bones from the butcher but if not you can buy these quite reasonably from most supermarkets

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Thanks . I never know what I'm asking for . I once asked in the butchers and they gave me a big bag full . When I got home and opened it it was a full huge intact rack of ribs
. I think he must have thought I was feeding a pack of wolves

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Are you talking about a recreational bone to chew on for a while? If so then as mentioned marrow bone is great for this or maybe a long piece of beef rib?

If you're talking about as part of their meal then there's loads of options. My boy has chicken wings/legs, chicken carcass, lamb neck, pork ribs, beef rib, ox tail, all from the local butcher!
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Yes just a recreational bone to help clean teeth and just because I think they'd enjoy them
Seems like marrow bone is the way to go . Can dogs manage to chew large pieces off them . I'm confident Bruce would just quietly gnaw away at it but I know Finn will leap on it like he hadn't been fed in a week and try to gobble it down as quickly as possible so I don't want anything where he can attempt to swallow it whole or chew large pieces off

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Don't talk to me about bones. Currently 100 Euros lighter.

George got bunged up. Our neighbor very kindly got some marrow bones from the butcher and I gave them to the boys. The one I gave George had the cartilage and he's been bunged up the last serveral days. Took him to the vet Tuesday given laxative and anitbiotics. Still no movement today and poor boy spent nearly an hour trying to go. So back to the vets. Other half did talk them out of an Xray as we knew the outcome would be the same - wooshy-dooshy up the watoosy.

At least that shifted a good portion of things and he is in much better humor.

Alfie on the other hand - not a problem.

If you do give a bone avoid the cartilage.

Hoping for normal poo tomorrow.
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Oh and just to add: Boys are raw fed. So I think it could be down to individual metablolism too.
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They can break bits off but unless the bone is damaged they tend to be small bits.

Ribs are good but they do get smaller as they get chewed so at some point you need to take them away.

Dried chickens feet are a real favourite of Mason. More of a treat though as they only last a few minutes. They do keep his teeth clean though.

I did try raw chicken wings which again Mason loved but I did feel he gulped them down so I've not given them to him since.

So I would say for treats you can't beat dried chicken feet. For a cross between recreational/food then ribs are good.

For purely chewing on then you can't beat marrow bones either knuckles or shin.

Finally I know I don't need to tell you but always be close by when you give them bones of any type.
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Or have the hose handy!
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