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Recreational bones (raw)

Are these bones good/ safe for Sage to chew on/eat?

What about letting my 10wk old ,Ryker chew on them? Is it ok for his teeth?

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If those are big cut knuckle bones they should be fine for a recreational bone...they mostly carve out the marrow and then lose interest over time.

I can't imagine why they would be bad for either dog....great pic of the pup !

The only concern I have ever heard of is relating to smoked knuckle bones....some have said not to give a dog much if any of smoked products....even though I see them at the pet store all the time.

The bag o' bones in the picture looks fine to me.


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If those are big cut knuckle bones they should be fine for a recreational bone...they mostly carve out the marrow and then lose interest over time.

I can't imagine why they would be bad for either dog....great pic of the pup !

The only concern I have ever heard of is relating to smoked knuckle bones....some have said not to give a dog much if any of smoked products....even though I see them at the pet store all the time.

The bag o' bones in the picture looks fine to me.


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I'm not really sure what kind of bone it is. It just says raw beef bone on the bag.
I'm pretty sure they are not smoked. Just completely raw.

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They are fine. I give them to my dogs.

Smoked bones are cooked, harder, and more likely to shatter so, thus, dangerous.

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neck bones are good too. lamb, pork, beef




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Those are good bones to use, but be aware that too much marrow will cause loose stools. Ask me how I know
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Oh boy all I need are loose stools lol

Don't you guys get nervous about cracking or breaking teeth? Sage is so loud and just sounds like bone and teeth are cracking!

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Oh boy all I need are loose stools lol

Don't you guys get nervous about cracking or breaking teeth? Sage is so loud and just sounds like bone and teeth are cracking!

Yes, I do.....and have seen an older dog crack a tooth. If you research the bones which are considerably softer than the enamel on a dog's teeth you will get a better feel for which bones to give your dog over the long haul. I was under the impression that weight bearing ( excepting poultry ) bones can be problematic and perhaps ones to not regularly give to your dog....of course any cooked bones, I would stay away from. Granted the knuckle bones are considered weight bearing but the knuckle end ( head ) is a bit softer and a dog can deal with it BUT the more slender section of a knuckle bone could cause problems as it is considerably harder. Bones which are not weight bearing such as neck bones, cow tail ( ox tail ) etc seem to be easily chewed by dog and if any hard portion remains at the end..I just throw it away.

I appreciate your concern as I still cringe at times when my pooch makes those crunching and cracking sounds while working on a bone....I always keep my fingers crossed it's just the bone breaking.

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Where can I find the knuckle bones? I asked the butcher at the grocery stor and all he gave me was beef marrow bones for stew. I saw knuckle bones at petco but they are smoked. Should I just go to a different store or special request the butcher to save the knuckle for me?
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After a lot of calls I got real lucky. I found a butcher that had no use for knuckle bones and gives me 20-25 a week for free. They slow down in the summer so I turned on my freezer and I'm stock piling. He gave me a good deal on beef heart too.


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