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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 09:21 AM
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Beef knucklebones are just that, a joint and really shouldn't be left for the dog to devour in one sitting(unless it is a small cut portion).
I would only give fresh, raw ones and take it away after a chew session, fridge it and give again for another time.
Smoked or dried bones can cause digestive upset and the dried ones can splinter(neither of these have the nutritional value as a fresh one does.
If the knucklebone contains cartilage(it should) and the softer spongier bone marrow, not the dark marrow, that is best. Those digest easier.

Marrow bones are dense, and the marrow is very rich.
Again, not something I'd want my dog to eat in one chew session.

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Good to know, Jane. The meat manager has been cutting large ones for me--and I set the timer for about 25 minutes. Usually he gets only 2 "chews" with each one--I might re-freeze once, but often I just throw the rest away and the next time time he gets a new one. They're so dang cheap compared to other chew treats!

So are they ok for his teeth, though?

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I've never had a problem with them....but then my dogs are more into burying them than eating them. I do have antlers laying around, and IMO, they are harder than a fresh knucklebone. Knucklebones aren't all that high value to my dogs because I feed raw.
Some dogs have softer teeth so wearing down may happen. Onyx and Karlo eat the same, carry balls(though he gnaws on them, where she just holds), and her teeth are super sharp, where as his are getting worn down~canines are flat(and we all know they don't chew bones with their canines)

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Stella will actually eat the bone.
What I am wondering is...how long can you keep a knuckle bone? I was re freezing them but apparently Stella likes them at room temp....She will hide it somewhere and wait before chowing down. Even if I just refrigerate it, she won't eat it for a while.
She seems to like warm and stinky best.

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Hm mine "found" one they hid the week earlier and were happily munching on it - I took it away when I noticed they had it but it gave Hex diarrhoea for a day - Mojo was fine she's got a rather robust stomach it seems They often like them all black and disgusting after having been buried for a few days/weeks
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