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Alli.baby 01-19-2014 05:54 PM

Are rib bones okay?
 
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onyx'girl 01-19-2014 06:04 PM

what is it exactly? A smoked bone from a pet store?
FRESH Rib bones are fine for recreational supervised chewing, but it shouldn't be considered part of the diet.
I would stay away from anything smoked as it can splinter and smoke flavoring can cause digestive upset in pups or older dogs.

doggiedad 01-19-2014 06:11 PM

i wouldn't feed rib bones. i give my dog beef, center cut
femur bones and whole femur bones, elk antlers and deer
antlers. i give him bully sticks and trachea as a treat.

Saphire 01-19-2014 06:14 PM

I feed raw rib bones with no problrms.

Springbrz 01-19-2014 06:41 PM

I feed raw rib bones with no problem as well.

doggiedad 01-19-2014 08:57 PM

i don't trust a rib bone. maybe with a pup it may be ok. a rib
bone can splinter under the pressure of an older dog.
what kind of bone do both of you use? beef or pork?

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Originally Posted by Saphire (Post 4864113)
I feed raw rib bones with no problrms.

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Originally Posted by Springbrz (Post 4864273)
I feed raw rib bones with no problem as well.


Saphire 01-19-2014 10:08 PM

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Originally Posted by doggiedad (Post 4865257)
i don't trust a rib bone. maybe with a pup it may be ok. a rib
bone can splinter under the pressure of an older dog.
what kind of bone do both of you use? beef or pork?

venison and pork.

I would need to look at beef rib bones first...haven't had them given to me free yet so I have not added to Gus' diet.

Discoetheque 01-19-2014 11:07 PM

I don't like smoked ribs. They are so thin that they shatter into large chunks that can cause problems. Reba ate one once, busted it up and swallowed the pieces whole and ended up throwing them all back up later on. That was the last time she got smoked rib bones.
As far as smoked bones go, I like the thicker, heavier ones for my dog. Buy them a size up from what's recommended for your dog. I've never had a problem with splintering or shattering with the Chasing Our Tails beef bones (not sure if you have those available to you) and have used them for about five years or so now. And as Onyx'd said: be cautious with young pups and older dogs. Smoked bones may make them a little loose and give some stomachaches.

Saphire 01-19-2014 11:10 PM

I will clarify...I do not feed "smoked" anything so I cannot comment on such.

All bones I feed are fresh raw meaty bones.

onyx'girl 01-20-2014 08:47 AM

Because the OP posted this in the feeding our puppy forum, I assumed it was for recreational chewing, not raw feeding.
And what age the pup is plays into it as well....I would not feed a young pup rib bones from any mammal, unless the mammal was very young. When the adult teeth are in it should be no problem, but ribs are still fairly dense.


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