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    Hi all

    I have been given my boy beef bones to chew on so that his teeth will keep clean. How long should I let him have a bone before I throw it out. I don't want him to get food poisoning from some dirty old bone.

    He is over 5 months old and can get through a chook frame fairly quickly. I was told that dogs should have bones that require a fair bit of gnawing to effectively clean their teeth. This is why I have changed up from the much softer chicken bones. I will still give him chicken frames for the big dose of calcium. I don't like giving him lamb bones because he gets diarohhea from them.

    At the moment he has a long bone (something from the leg of the cow). He has had it for over 2 days now and has picked it clean, but the bone is still whole. I don't think his jaws are strong enough to break the bone yet. Should I throw it out now, or let him at it a little longer?

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    What size dog is he? I give my dogs marrow bones from cows and my cattle dogs will generally chew the ends off which is mainly the cartilage and more porous bone and the only thing left is the dense bone shaft. My dogs with smaller jaws dont chew it down to the same extent.

    My dogs will bury them and keep chewing for days. I have bones that are weeks old kicking around in some parts of the garden.

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    For me mine get to chew the marrow bones for 1 hour. By that time the cartilage is mostly gone then I bin it.

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    Vets suggest that brisket bones are the best bones to give a dog (maybe not good for small dogs though) because they are hard enough to clean teeth, but soft enough so the dogs won't break their teeth.

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    I have large dogs....we feed all bones, most are gone within hours. If I feed the large weight bearing bones, i leave them till they chew the ends off and chuck them at the end of the day in Summer. In Winter I leave them longer. "If in doubt throw them out" Dogs are able to handle rotting better then us humans, because of certain enzymes and acid content they have in their stomach. But I don't like rotten meat breath anyway
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    As my dogs have access to the farm they eat alot of rottening carsess & the like & have never ever gotten sick. They also bury their bones & bring them back out once they have gone off.
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    Mine are the same as CD's dogs.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    What size dog is he? I give my dogs marrow bones from cows and my cattle dogs will generally chew the ends off which is mainly the cartilage and more porous bone and the only thing left is the dense bone shaft. My dogs with smaller jaws dont chew it down to the same extent.

    My dogs will bury them and keep chewing for days. I have bones that are weeks old kicking around in some parts of the garden.
    Same here, Roxy loves a good bone and she usually strips it pretty quickly. She will bury it and then dig it up a few days later, she loves playing with the bone and often brings it to me to play fetch, not so fun when it is covered in dirt and quiet smelly. I'll usually throw out the bones after about 3 weeks.

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    I can't feed my dog bones at all. She will crunch up the big beef marrow bone shaft, make splinters out of it and swallow those and it's a bit like swallowing spikes - they come back to haunt us, either she vomits them or has trouble passing them.

    Instead I give her dried beef or roo jerky to chew on or carrots, or even sticks. With some dogs, sticks can be bad but my dog seems to be able to handle those better than bone fragments.

    This is another description of what can go wrong with bones.
    Zoe's bony treat | Adelaide Animal Hospital

    So bottom line - my dog will hunt up every single discarded bone in her doggy friends yards and bring them to us... I won't leave her alone with discarded bones or old bones or any bones really.

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    I don't think you're doing your business any good with your unsubstantiated "vets suggest" stuff or posting in old threads or info that nobody asked for... When you're new to a forum, it's best to get the hang of it first and only post specific info in direct response to requests for the info or your personal desire to inform where you see uninformed people (eg on puppy mills).

    And it's also best not to post in a thread that you haven't read all the posts. Because the advice you're offering may have already been discussed, tried and discarded. Makes you look like you don't really know what you're talking about. There are exceptions to this like the "whats my favourite breed" ie where your personal opinion is asked for.

    I think you might have a lot to offer but at the moment it's like spam or "post whoring" to bump your website rating. Not a good look, in my opinion.

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