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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-13-2012, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Help with 'real' bones, please

My breeder told me some bones that she gives, but I forgot to ask what animal 'knuckle bones' are from. Can someone tell me please? Also, what other 'raw' bones (that I can get from a butcher) are good for pups? Are the pig ears that you get from the pet stores OK? If you get pig ears from the butcher, what do you do with them (if anything) before giving them to your pup? I use 'bully sticks' for my Pug for bones....so I'm not overly 'in the know' on the use of raw bones or pieces/parts. Thanks!

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shin bones!! they last F O R E V E R and are cool classic looking

Knuckle is the end of the femur. He can't get enough of those. Rib bones are a hit, as well.
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OK.. thanks! Another question... if I buy them ahead of time...should I freeze them? Just leave them out in a ziplock bag?

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I order beef knuckle bones by the case from a local meat packer. When I get them home, I wrap them individualy in plastic bags and then freeze them. I avoid alot of things at the pet store, like pig's ears, just because I never know where they're coming from and if they're coming from China I know they're probably *really* bad for my dogs.
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As for bones, How many of you other raw feeders find bones in every room of the house? I let mine gnaw on them as long as he wants because they keep him entertained during the day while we are at work. We end up finding them in various places and sometimes step on them in the middle of night with bare feet! Ouch!
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LOL, robk - if you want to know pain, try stepping on one of those cow hooves! It makes stepping on a bone feel like a sock, I'm not kidding! But no more hooves here anymore either, unless I know where it came from. Darn poisonous imports!
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Just wondering... does freezing the bones count when you purchase them from non-butcher? IE: Merrick brand?

I don't freeze them. I found one rotten? It was like blackish in the middle, of the bone and marrow, so I tossed it... they sell them off the shelf in all stores though.
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How do you give the pig ears from a butcher? Do you have to 'dry them out' or anything? Or do you just say "here you go" and give it to the pup when you get home?

I saw a knuckle bone at Petsmart. They are HUGE!! Is this OK for a 10 week old pup? Do they come smaller? This one was about the size of a softball.

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-14-2012, 09:34 PM
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center cut femur bones (beef, not split). if i were going
to give my dog pig ears i would use fresh. i would
bake them in the oven untill firm. i also give my dog elk antlers.

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