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Old 07-01-2012, 09:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Knuckle Bones or Marrow Bones?

I've seen some comments on here about feeding bones to your dogs. I just bought Uschi some knuckle bones and marrow bones. I couldn't remember which one is better to feed.

So my question is...are they both okay to feed her or is one better than the other?

Right now they are frozen. Is it okay to give her a frozen one and then refreeze it when she is done chewing on it or is it okay to leave it laying around?

I normally just give her a bully stick but I wanted to give her something different to chew on that would also be good for her.
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like knuckle bones better as the bone is usually softer so less chance of teeth breakage. Although I know dogs who have broken teeth on both types.
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Thanks, Clyde.
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Unless you are absolutely certain that your dog won't bite/chew the marrow bone, don't give marrow bones! I have a dog that broke a canine on a marrow bone and it will take 600+ for a root canal! Knuckle bones all the way
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Thanks, qbchottu.
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Keep your eye on your dogs teeth/fangs as I had a GSD who wore his fangs down to a pretty short length. I was giving him quite a few knuckle bones because I was getting them free.
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I have given marrow bones raw, and knuckles smoked. The only problem I ever had was that one of my girls got her muzzle stuck with the bone around the bottom part of her muzzle. I hadn't dealt with that and figured they would have to cut the bone off of there, so I took her to the vet. But the vet said there was a trick to it, and was able to unhook it without any problem, no charge.

I wish I could find the knuckles raw.
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I have given marrow bones raw, and knuckles smoked. The only problem I ever had was that one of my girls got her muzzle stuck with the bone around the bottom part of her muzzle. I hadn't dealt with that and figured they would have to cut the bone off of there, so I took her to the vet. But the vet said there was a trick to it, and was able to unhook it without any problem, no charge.

I wish I could find the knuckles raw.
Do none of your local butchers/grocers carry them?
Mine did that with a sliced marrow bone once. She had it in her mouth, & she started horsing around with my other dog, & it slipped down around her lower jaw. I ended up getting it off by putting some olive oil in my cupped hand, lathered her lower jaw with it, & wiggled the bone off.
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We give Joey marrow bones. After he chews on it for an hour or so, we take it away and put it in the freezer for a second use. After the second time, it gets thrown out.

Haven't tried the knuckle bones; he may like those as well.
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Thanks a lot! I gave her a marrow bone last night for a little while. She really enjoyed it. I took it away from her so we could go outside and do some chores so I rinsed it off and put it back in the freezer. Tonight I'll give her a knuckle bone.

I bought these bones (knuckle and marrow) at a petstore in the raw dog food area (kept in freezers). My grocery store doesn't have any of the knuckle bones.
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