|10-14-2013 04:43 PM|
I get beef marrow bones from the supermarket, I go home and scoop out the marrow with a knife so it's just a hallow bone, then I drop it into boiling water for 10 seconds to kill off any bacteria...dry it off, and give it to her. She'll run around the house with it, eat the thin layer of meat off it, and then just go at the bone.
Best thing is those bones are pretty clean afterwards so she'll find old ones and chew on them as well. We probably have 6-7 of them downstairs, under the couch, etc
|10-11-2013 01:16 AM|
Raw lamb bone, or beef or buffalo raw femur / marrow bone.
We also found some raw venison, not sure which part of the anatomy it is.
|10-10-2013 09:53 PM|
|doggiedad||beef center cut femur bones or whole. elk antlers.|
|10-10-2013 08:58 PM|
|E.Hatch||Beef kneecaps made by Merrick. He loves them and they keep him occupied for hours.|
|10-10-2013 02:49 PM|
|MichaelE||Lisl gets Oinkies. Rolled up smoked pig ears.|
|10-10-2013 12:51 PM|
Hans gets frozen knuckle bones.
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|10-10-2013 12:23 PM|
|Blanketback||I also buy knuckle bones. They're better because they have all the cartilage on them instead of just plain bone, and they're easier on the teeth. I have to go to the meat packing plant to get mine, because none of the grocers or butchers get the actual bones I want anymore. Progress, huh!|
|10-10-2013 12:08 PM|
When I was growing up, our dogs always got rawhide, but we're past that now. My girl has never been a big chewer (She's non-GSD), but occasionally we'll find something she likes. Most recently, we tried a himalayan chew, which she loved, but didn't last as long as I like. Lena went though half of it in one afternoon! (too costly for me) We also do the occasional bully stick; but again, that's more of a treat than a staple chew.
My sister converted me to elk antlers a few years ago, and my dog loves them! They last a long time, don't make any mess, and don't smell. If you try one and your dog isn't too keen on it, try a split antler, because that gives easier access to the marrow inside - the tasty stuff! If you're looking for them to last longer, get a full antler, not a split.
My dog is a relatively strong chewer, especially for her size (~30 lbs). And we have two elk antlers (both split) that are still going strong after 8 months. (She doesn't chew for hours everyday, though.) Many other people I know with larger dogs (60-90 lbs) also go the antler route, and have always loved how long they last, and the lack of any messiness or smell.
There are other types of antlers out there (deer and moose, I think) and they have different levels of 'toughness.' I believe moose antlers are the hardest, and I have heard of some people's dogs having trouble with chipped teeth - but I may be wrong about that. Conversely, I've heard/read that deer antlers can be softer and may be more dangerous for strong chewers because of possible splintering. Again, I have no first hand experience with them, but it could be something to look into.
|10-10-2013 11:02 AM|
My dogs get antlers (we know ppl who hunt, so they're free) and they last ages!
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|10-10-2013 09:21 AM|
Raw knuckle and marrow bones, I buy them fresh then freeze them to make them last longer
One to two hours a day chewing on a bone, be careful and watch the teeth to make sure they're not being damaged or worn down.
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