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      Quote Originally Posted by shellbell View Post
      I would either feed outside or in a crate if you think he might wonder around. But no, it's not like there is blood dripping all over or anything.
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      It's not like bloody messy especially when they are frozen but I don't really like them carrying raw meat all over the house so I either restrict them to the kitchen or put them out on the patio. My dachshund is really bad about this, she want to curl up on the carpet with chicken necks (chicken necks are too small for labs but perfect for the little pipsqueak).
      I obviously don't feed raw so I was imagining the worst! Lol. I would like to start raw though. Just need to get that deep freezer first.
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      o.k.
      1. why do you feel raw bone is better than cooking it first?
      2. I buy USA rawhide from amazon, probably other places have it , I just don't want any china stuff here.
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      Quote Originally Posted by jertom View Post
      o.k.
      1. why do you feel raw bone is better than cooking it first?
      2. I buy USA rawhide from amazon, probably other places have it , I just don't want any china stuff here.
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      Cooking makes bones brittle and more likely to splinter, thus more dangerous.

      Bones Can Kill Your Dog So Find Out which Ones are Safe


      You can find many, many credible sites that say much the same thing. Whether to provide bones for recreation or as part of a meal is another debate but the bone should not be cooked.

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      I have fed all kinds of stuff to my dogs over the years -- rawhide, bully sticks, smoked bones, raw bones, nylabones, etc. and have not had any issues. I guess I got lucky.

      For recreational bones, I now feed them just the raw knuckle bones and sometimes weird stuff. Like once I bought a pork leg, skin, hoof, and all. And, since I have venison, I will feed a shoulder bone, rib bones (they are soft, like pork versus beef), and some other things from the deer. The leg bones are a little sharp, IMHO, so I will let them chew the meat off and eat the tendon then take it. I wouldn't buy deer leg bones, but I get them for free, so... I generally don't get marrow bones though because they are awfully hard and the knuckle bones are not. Oh, I also feed them raw, frozen, beef trachea. All of these things can be messy, whether crumbly or slightly bloody, so it's often an outside deal. I have taught Linus to eat on a towel -- it was easy. Sam, however, always wants to take his stuff to his bed if it takes more than a few moments to eat. I haven't been able to break that habit yet.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
      Cooking makes bones brittle and more likely to splinter, thus more dangerous.

      Bones Can Kill Your Dog So Find Out which Ones are Safe


      You can find many, many credible sites that say much the same thing. Whether to provide bones for recreation or as part of a meal is another debate but the bone should not be cooked.
      after all my years and five dogs that's the first time I heard that. makes sense though.
      I've never given poultry bones but have seen ham bones eaten completely. my logic has always been to not encourage them to eat the neighbors cat or....?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Labradorks View Post
      I have fed all kinds of stuff to my dogs over the years -- rawhide, bully sticks, smoked bones, raw bones, nylabones, etc. and have not had any issues. I guess I got lucky.

      For recreational bones, I now feed them just the raw knuckle bones and sometimes weird stuff. Like once I bought a pork leg, skin, hoof, and all. And, since I have venison, I will feed a shoulder bone, rib bones (they are soft, like pork versus beef), and some other things from the deer. The leg bones are a little sharp, IMHO, so I will let them chew the meat off and eat the tendon then take it. I wouldn't buy deer leg bones, but I get them for free, so... I generally don't get marrow bones though because they are awfully hard and the knuckle bones are not. Oh, I also feed them raw, frozen, beef trachea. All of these things can be messy, whether crumbly or slightly bloody, so it's often an outside deal. I have taught Linus to eat on a towel -- it was easy. Sam, however, always wants to take his stuff to his bed if it takes more than a few moments to eat. I haven't been able to break that habit yet.
      We did too. Also grapes. The dog we had when I was a kid only got the cheapest kibble on sale if there were not enough of our own scraps to fill his dish. Truthfully that was most days. But those scraps had cooked bones in them. Healthiest dog I've had, longest lived too. It is really hard to discount first hand experience of one for what's been learned second hand from many others.

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      We feed the raw beef marrow bones as a treat. The DH taught Gabby to 'keep it on your towel', which is an old beach towel. We tuck a corner under the dining room table, and she'll stay there with it. I'm amazed at how well the bones clean her teeth, but we're careful to take them away when she really begins to grind on the bone. We did buy her a cooked bone once. She had it splintered in less than 5 minutes - never again.

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      I prefer American made rawhide retriever rolls for chewing. I found an awesome one on Amazon that is huge and thick, it takes Zoey quite a while to get thru it and shes a power chewer. Every once in a while I will go to the butcher and grab some raw bones. I would never give them any type of store bought bones at all. No smoked, no cooked, etc.

      I grew up giving dogs all sorts of cooked bones including bones from steak but these days its considered dangerous. It makes sense, cooking does make bone brittle which increases the chance of splintering or breaking off easily

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      Only raw, and I only feed them outside on the patio. I have two with slab fractures. Fortunately I don't have a pushy vet. When I say that I will deal with the teeth when there is a problem, she lets it go. Grace has had her broken tooth for about 2-3 years and NO change. Dogs need to chew. Preventing it or giving rubber toys isn't going to help the need to chew. I would rather take the risk with a raw bone. The smoked kind with the weird crap inside can sit on the shelves at petstores for years....GROSSSSSSSSS
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      Quote Originally Posted by JenC View Post
      The smoked kind with the weird crap inside can sit on the shelves at petstores for years....GROSSSSSSSSS
      Have you smelled them? So disgusting.

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