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    Default Bones or no bones?

    I'm so excited - it's official, puppy will be coming home Saturday week, so it's time to perfect the details!

    Trying to work out what I should be feeding. My plan is that I will transition her off whatever they feed her now, on to a high quality kibble (nutro?) which she will get for breakfast, then in the evenings she will have a bit of what ever meat we are having (raw) and some offal.

    I have been looking on the web about bones and there seems to be so many differing opinions. My plan was that I would offer a raw meaty bone once or twice a week in place of her meat, thinking it would be good for her teeth, but on researching what type of bones are best, I found lots of articles saying I shouldn't give bones at all!

    So, opinions? Oh, she is a chihuahua x JRT and will be 16 weeks when we get her.

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    I personally don't do bones for a number of reasons. I will feed chicken necks but that is about all they get in the 'bones' department (soft bone).

    It all comes down to your own personal preference. Some people think they are the holy grail to teeth cleaning, they can be used as boredom busters. Others regard them as hazardous or just a pain in the arse! (my dogs love to sneak them in the house and hide them down the side of the couch!). I can't be bothered with the mess of the bones, or going around picking them up. It's your choice to make.
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    I feed bones but I make sure they're larger than my dog's head so they are less inclined to swallow them. It all depends on the dog really, some dogs chew them, splinter them and try to swallow them but my dogs eat the meat off them and then just leave them alone so I just go through the yard every weekend and pick up all the bones and haven't had a problem yet

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    I agree it probably depends on the dog. I have never had a problem with mine. They also know to leave them outside (after being told off sternly for trying to sneak them in). I use it mainly as a boredom buster when I go to work or want to have a lazy day on the weekend. It's a great way to get the dog feeling happy to stay outside.

    I only pick up bones when I mow the grass. By then they are just clean weathered bone, nothing yucky about them. Banjo also often buries them though and I reckon at least half of them never get dug up. Dug up bones are extra filthy, so you do need to be prepared for their outside bedding becoming messy because of that.

    And I feed whatever bones I can easily get locally. Usually brisket bones, sometimes cut up marrow bones. I love giving them the knuckle bones, but they're hard to find.

    I know some dogs have had issues because of bits of bones that they swallowed, but I am a big fan of feeding fresh bones.

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    Oh and I forgot to say: Sat week, woohoo, how exciting!!!

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    Particularly with the breed mix you are getting I'd opt for bones once or twice a week. Not brittle hard bones but the softer type. Many Chi's and Chi X's end up having teeth removed when older so it's good to get them used to the idea when young. Have the butcher saw them to the right size for it's jaw, not too big and not too small.

    I also like chicken necks, often with pups you need to hold onto an end so they don't gobble them down because their jaws/teeth aren't strong enough, but they soon get the idea to take things slowly.

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    If you do decide to feed bones, make sure you supervise, and if the dog starts to bust them up and swallow the splinters, take the bone away. Ideally before the dog starts to swallow the spinters.

    I can't imagine a JRT x chi being able to bust up a marrow bone. But marrow bones are very rich - probably more than one meal's worth for a puppy. And for puppies, it's more usual to feed three small meals a day and transition to one or two meals around 6 to 12 months old.

    The Advance puppy food recommended soaking it for little puppies.

    Personally - I don't feed my dog bones because they come back to haunt us at both ends. Usually at 3am. And I don't like dealing with the vomit and runny crap.

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    My pup gets 1/3 of a chicken wing on any day that I work. I just chop them at the joints, the wing tip goes to the cat, and the meatier sections go in the freezer for the dog. He can eat the smaller bones, but the larger bone in the bigger section of the wing is usually left behind. Sometimes he gets lamb bones, but if they're too fatty he doesn't always eat it.

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    Hmm, thanks guys! I think I will just try her, supervised, with one and see how she goes!

    So super excited!

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    Particularly with the breed mix you are getting I'd opt for bones once or twice a week. Not brittle hard bones but the softer type. Many Chi's and Chi X's end up having teeth removed when older so it's good to get them used to the idea when young. Have the butcher saw them to the right size for it's jaw, not too big and not too small.
    My mum adopted a 5yo Bichon with rotting teeth (ex owner - a breeder & i suspect puppy farmer told us all his dogs were fed watery, mushed kibble). Anyway she had to get several teeth removed & he has trouble chewing & swallowing any food, let alone chewing on a bone which is why the other two dont get any bones either - incase he decides he want some too. I've already had the cat nearly lose a tooth over Molly's old bone ( he came inside with it hanging from his tooth!) so we just cant have them in our home cause theyre too much of a pain. They get denta stix & gunny bones instead

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