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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-29-2008, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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I found a butcher who sells bones for dogs. I expected knuckle type bones but instead my husband brings back what looks like beef rib bones and have a lot of fat on them. They are about 6-8" long. Are they safe to give to a 6-month puppy? I have my doubts but figured I would ask anyway. I should have gone and picked them up.

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Re: Bones

If they are raw, yes. He may be able to eat the whole thing.

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I am really surprised to see that they are safe. I figured with the fat it would be bad like marrow bones because it could give them the runs.

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Re: Bones

It might. Depends on the dog. But you could always take a kitchen knife and remove most of the fat from them if you are concerned, and then give the remaining bone to the dog to chew on.

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Re: Bones

we give tyson soup bones..we just boil the meat off and give him the bone. they dont splinter so they're safe. he loves them and chews them up in about a weeks time

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Re: Bones

We get big femur bones from my wifes cousin that owns a butcher shop, yes it has meat still connected to it but our dogs here love them. I would be concerned with them if they were cooked due to splinters. Most butcher shops have access to these type of bones.
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Re: Bones

I give mine rib bones, they love them and chew on them quite often. You can cut off some of the fat, but generally they are no where as rich as a marrow bone. Next time see if he can get some neck bones. My dogs love these and they are soft enough for the dogs to "consume" - with the pups it takes longer. These are also very lean meat.
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Re: Bones

I gave her one and she liked it. lol. I got a little concerned and took the bone away when she started to get close to eating chunks off the end. I'll have to ask the butcher for something else a bit more durable.

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Originally Posted By: lcht2we give tyson soup bones..we just boil the meat off and give him the bone. they dont splinter so they're safe. he loves them and chews them up in about a weeks time
You really want to avoid any cooked bones of any kind. They are much more brittle and can be dangerous. They like them more when they're raw anyway!

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Re: Bones

DHau, don't worry if your puppy gets some chunks off the rib bones. I feed raw rib bones and other meaty bones to my dog all the time, and she does great with them. Eating bones is a good source of calcium and other minerals for a young dog. And they get the minerals they need in just the right combination. They have very strong stomach acids that can dissolve and digest the bone. This is only true if the bone is raw, cooking them changes their composition, and as others said, can be brittle and a dangerous.

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