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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 04-17-2011, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question Is it safe to let your dog eat a knuckle bone?

I went to the store and bought each of my dogs a big beef knuckle bone. My question is, once they get all of the meat off of it, is it safe to let them eat the actual bone? I stopped giving them raw hide because it gave them an upset stomach. But I just want to know if this is safe.

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Depends on who you ask. I don't do it because Jag got choked on one of the bone pieces when he chewed it up.

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And I had a dog crack his molar on one.........

I wish you could buy shoulder blades. My dogs have some of those from af riends farm and they were ice.

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Should be ok as long as their under supervision! Nero eats fresh lamb bones after we have had a sunday roast, He loves them after he has taken the meat of them he will crack open the bone to get at the marrowbone juices inside! We take away the sharp small pieces!!
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Usually lamb bones are much softer and not as brittle.

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One more detail, the bones aren't raw, I bought them at the pet store. I know that raw bones are safer, but bought them one and I suppose because they aren't used to eating raw meat, it gave them the runs. I had a very bad experience once with them eating a ham bone, and having a hard time passing it, now I am wary of bones but decided to try this knuckle bone. I haven't gave it to them yet though, I wanted to hear some opinions on it first.
Also Brutus, my german shepherd, is still at the vets (he underwent emergency surgery) and I wanted to give him a treat tomorrow to welcome him home.

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One more detail, the bones aren't raw, I bought them at the pet store. I know that raw bones are safer, but bought them one and I suppose because they aren't used to eating raw meat, it gave them the runs. I had a very bad experience once with them eating a ham bone, and having a hard time passing it, now I am wary of bones but decided to try this knuckle bone. I haven't gave it to them yet though, I wanted to hear some opinions on it first.
I would recommend against it, but that is just me and based on my experiences. One which included a late night trip to the vet and a lot of $$ later.

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I get them free from the butcher... They just hand them over when I ask for "dog bones"... Every once in a while they get the runs or throw up if they eat too much but for the most part they seem to enjoy them.
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I'm wondering if our local butcher will gives us bones, sell them or what not. <3 I should check it out next time I'm in the area. 30 mins away! LOL!
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I have had dogs as small as a Papillion to as large as a St. Bernard and the vets say no bones. Period.

Then I get my GSD and find the breeder gives her dogs 1/2 chicken in the summer when they don't like to eat as well. She said an uncooked chicken bone is ok but not a cooked bone.

I have given other dogs (not GSD) and they got sick from the tiny pieces they got off the bone. My vet wanted to shoot me.

So, no bones for us.
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