08-16-2013, 03:09 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Ottawa, ON
That's a lot of questions I'll give my opinions
1. I give mine marrow bones usually, sometimes knuckle bones. I get them raw from a butcher for really cheap and simply freeze them before giving them to the dogs so that way they last longer. I don't give them pieces that are longer than approx. 5" as I want them focused on cleaning out the marrow and chewing the ends then actually eating the bones. Any weight bearing bone is dense and can crack teeth if you're not careful, I like feeding bones small enough that they don't last longer than 45 minutes but big enough Delgado couldn't swallow one even if he tried.
2. No it's best given raw, you can freeze it first if you're worried about bacteria as that will kill anything on it and won't hurt the bone or dog in any way. Boiling takes away nutrients they would otherwise get
3. As already stated, I like 30-45 minutes to be the maximum time. Be careful about feeding too much marrow and it can cause major diarrhea which isn't pretty Mine only get recreational bones 2 maybe 3 times a week
4. Yes, just like a human chewing bubble gum chewing bones/antlers/etc. does strength their jaw.
5. The bones I get from the butcher still have a little meat on them so the dogs will scrape the bones to get the little pieces off. Some dogs chew, some lick, it all depends on the dog and what the treat it
6. If one of the dogs doesn't finish the bone in a session, for example it's still in good shape or still marrow in it then I will refreeze and feed once more. Twice is my limit however and I personally don't allow them to have bones lying around
7. At that age the puppy could still be teething, I personally have never seen either of my dogs bleed from eating a bone.
8. You mean rawhide? Yes, it is completely edible but not very healthy and in some cases can cause blockages. I would stick to more natural treats like raw bones, beef tendon, trachea, bully sticks, etc. which are much healthier.
9. It depends on the dog, I found Delgado stopped growing height wise around 8 maybe 9 months? He's 18.5 months now and still filling out body wise
Jasmine - Female Miniature Poodle - born Aug 15, 2010
Loker Delgado Von Stalworth - Male GSD - born Jan 26, 2012
Koda & Zazu - 5 year old male cats
Alex - Male Cocker Spaniel (rescue) - RIP Cuddlebug 2007-2010
Last edited by Shade; 08-16-2013 at 03:12 PM.
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