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28-10-2016 12:14 PM
ScopwickShadow I don't think it is either, our family dogs have never had teeth cleaned! The only issue we've ever had was with a 17 year old Jack Russell who had quite bad plaque build up but when they get older these things do tend to happen, he was too old for them to be cleaned but it never affected him nor his eating habits
28-10-2016 12:10 PM
JohnW These days many vets use ultrasonics to clean off the plaque, same as dentists, so no contact. I never clean my dog's teeth and have only had one dog with any problems in the last 60 years, and without giving bones. Back when I started in dogs dog tooth cleaning was just not considered necessary.

28-10-2016 11:27 AM
ScopwickShadow I think i'd rather take that risk than plaque and tooth decay arising as a result of bad dental health! Surely the scraping/sanding down that vets do to get rid of it would do more harm than a bone every now and then.
27-10-2016 09:15 PM
Originally Posted by ScopwickShadow View Post
I think the dental benefits or gnawing on a good bone is far more natural than having a dog put under GA to have it's teeth cleaned, or sticking your finger in their mouths with some foul tasting 'toothpaste!'.
The late Wendy Boorer, who kept Affenpinschers, wrote a book some years ago, and in it she wrote that bones were very abrasive and wear the enamel on dogs teeth thus allowing decay to creep in.

27-10-2016 04:12 PM
ScopwickShadow Graham doesn't have bones very often just because he is kibble fed and we don't tend to go to the butcher that often and I wouldn't go especially for him as the nearest is about 10 miles away!

We did get a bag full the last time we drove by, and Graham seemed to enjoy them but was never interested enough to finish them/didn't understand what he was meant to do so after a day sat in the garden untouched each one was eventually binned.

I think they do pose a risk in terms of swallowing fragments, choking etc but that's just like any other chew or even kibble.

I think the dental benefits or gnawing on a good bone is far more natural than having a dog put under GA to have it's teeth cleaned, or sticking your finger in their mouths with some foul tasting 'toothpaste!'.
27-10-2016 07:52 AM
Katelou1980 I guess it would seem there's no clear or definite opinion on this and 'experts' can land on either side of the fence.

So far we've had no problem with frozen chicken wings and ribs and I've not read any horror stories from raw. I find it helps keep Monty regular and I'm always getting comments that his teeth are nice and clean, despite us never cleaning them ourselves.

I think I'll therefore continue but perhaps reduce it from daily to three times a week.

Monty seems to love them regardless of what the experts say and if it were up to him, he'd live on chicken wings!
26-10-2016 11:14 PM
DJGoody We give Judy a raw marrow bone about twice a week; also sometimes some raw rib bones or oxtails.
Our butcher has now started charging (on and off) citing that offal now very desired by the East Europeans and trendy set!!!!!

Shame these aren't from tyranasoriusrex as pictured above

We never give chicken bones, raw or cooked
I must confess to her getting the odd cooked rib chop now and then - maybe we'll stop that from now on???

Judy loves bones and we think they do her good plus entertain / knacker her out. So she will continue to have them!!!
26-10-2016 04:50 PM
JohnW Possibly for a raw diet, but I think in most cases this is where people feed chicken wings. But then again, we also need calcium, but we don't eat bones, so do dogs fed raw really need bones??

In the old days the old gamekeepers used to chuck a dead Pheasant or Rabbit into the kennel for their dogs. They swore the dogs needed everything including fur and feathers.

But then again, the only raw diet I know anything about is a nice salad for me on a summer's day.

26-10-2016 03:55 PM
Canoe Dog
Originally Posted by JohnW View Post

But then, bones are not needed in a dog's diet. Yes they are great for keeping a dog amused, but food value is minimal. I've not fed bones to my dogs for the last 50 years.

Regards, John
Don't you need to feed bones, whole or ground up, for the calcium content if you feed a raw diet?
26-10-2016 02:40 PM
LHR_Tim I suspect more dogs are taken in for kibble related issues

I feed raw. However, my George will tear though a huge raw bone -- and end up bunged up. So I get what the French call "os moelle" (sliced marrow bone). They get a chop but not enough bone to bung him up. That said, no issues with Alfie.
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