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    My pups started on chicken wings then progressed to bigger bones..
    Freshness does not matter for a dog. They bury bones and come back to them in days or weeks.
    Their stomachs are set up for manky meat.

    My dogs are over the moon if a box of bones I get from the butcher are going off. Not nice for me trimming fat and packing them for freezing them. They have their own freezer.
    They don't usually snatch the bones out of my gloved (when bones smell) hand but oooohhhh yes, I have to be careful as they adore the off ones and snatch at times.
    One lot was a bit too far gone, a few maggots on them. I froze them maggots and all and those bones made them as happy as a child visiting disneyland.

    Most of the boxes are very fresh though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    My pups started on chicken wings then progressed to bigger bones..
    Freshness does not matter for a dog. They bury bones and come back to them in days or weeks.
    Their stomachs are set up for manky meat.

    My dogs are over the moon if a box of bones I get from the butcher are going off. Not nice for me trimming fat and packing them for freezing them. They have their own freezer.
    They don't usually snatch the bones out of my gloved (when bones smell) hand but oooohhhh yes, I have to be careful as they adore the off ones and snatch at times.
    One lot was a bit too far gone, a few maggots on them. I froze them maggots and all and those bones made them as happy as a child visiting disneyland.

    Most of the boxes are very fresh though.
    Gross, so very gross! Clearly your dogs thought they were the luckiest in the whole world, but yuck!

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    Oh yea, trust me it was yuk. Hubby wanted to gag on the stench.

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    We used to have a dog who used to cure her bones in the sun for a couple of days. She would just keep moving it into the sun and protect it from the birds until she thought it was "ready". Mind you, the sun did seem to keep the maggots away.

    Banjo loves burying them. It is such a mess when she digs them up!

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    I had forgotten the "charms" of having dogs!

    My cats won't even eat something that has touched the floor, let alone has been left to, um, cure! Sure they bring in the odd cricket or lizard, but they are usually still alive, so fresh!

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    Mags seems to have a 'delicate' stomach. She gets raw chicken bones and lamb ribs. I have to be careful she doesn't bury and redig them up later as she then cheerfully upchucks and the rest. So she isn't set up for 'manky bones' unfortunately but is fine when they are fresh.
    We just make sure they are finished and ditch the spare bits she doesn't finish. I find she eats chicken necks a bit fast and gives herself a belly ache.

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    My cats eat chicken necks with great enthusiasm. Well, one of them does at the moment.

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    Your little guy will have no issues chewing on a cow shin bone sliced into 50mm lengths. He will not have the jaw power to crush and splinter the bone. But you may need to give him that early in the day so that if his tum is affected you have the rest of the day to get it all out and medicated.

    Our BC's will get a whole lamb shin but as soon as we see they have eaten all the meat and grissel, and are starting to crack them open, they are removed and dumped.

    Our pups got chicken necks but we cut them into pieces big enough that they had to chew them but could not swallow them whole. Chicken wings from the second joint to the tip were also used as a special treat.

    Another favourite treat was frozen sardines. The pups love em. You can often buy them fresh at a fishmonger and then lay them flat and freeze them so when they are frozen they have not stuck to each other. You then give your pup a frozen sardine popsicle.
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    Bones help serve two purposes...
    - Satisfy the dogs need to grind/chew - if they don't use their teeth they may loose them.
    - Help keep teeth clean.

    Try to look for bones that are hard enough to rub away plaque but soft enough to not hurt their teeth (eg. chicken carcass or rabbit).

    Naturally the best way to keep dogs teeth clean is to brush them, but the chances of someone doing that regularly are slim. If you do not wish to feed bones then try fresh vegetables like raw carrot that help rub away plaque. It is important to get dogs used to vegetables early on as they may not take to them too well down the track if they are used to the taste of meat.

    Hope you are enjoying your puppy

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    Quick update - for the first two weeks, we gave Pip the odd beef tail bone. We gave them to her when we were going out, to keep her busy, worked great the first few times. Then she decided she wasn't gonna eat them, she was gonna bury them and let them mature for a while, then a week later bring them into the house along with all her new ant friends.
    So, now she is not getting bones anymore - unless I can come up with a way to make her eat them straight away

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