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Thread: Wolfing of Lamb Rib Bones by Puppy... OK or Not?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    I also feed bones, or rather give them to my dogs to chew. I feed only big beef bones with lots of cartliage and chewy bits.
    I do the same and our 12 year old girl has great teeth for her age (even though she used to get bones much less frequent than she does now). I always throw the bone out once it gets small enough for her to swallow easily and we always supervise her with it.

    She tries to swallow DentaStix and Greenies whole so bones are definitely a better option in her case. I think it's because she associates the DentaStix and Greenies as being like any other treat that she can quickly gobble, I also think that when she eats them that fast they're probably not doing much for her teeth.

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    I forgot to say that I do give chicken/turkey necks. However, one of my dogs tends to just swallow whole chicken neck so I have to hold it and then he bites off bit by bit and chews before he swallows. My previous dog lived 14 years and when she died she had all her teeth with minimal yellowing (sediment). She was given bones all her life occasionally for fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by molly33 View Post
    Both my vets recommend bones but there are a lot that don't.
    Yes dogs have and can choke on a bone but that's usually due to the wrong size bone given, a cooked bone, or a very old bone that has been dug up or left lyinging around too long .
    Dogs have choked on greenies, raw hides, kongs ,toys and sticks.
    Lots of vets do not recommend raw bones because dogs regurgitate them and owners begin to get the idea that their dog "cannot cope with bones". The truth is, if the dog is unused to eating bones, the stomach acidity level is too low to actually break down the bone and the dog has to barf (no pun intended) it up because it can't digest it. With a gradual introduction to raw food, the acidity level in the stomach rises and the dogs become able to digest and break down the bone (ergo those dry, white crumbly poos which are actually bone that has broken down in the stomach acid!). I highly recommend raw bones, and to teach dogs new to bones I start with wings, necks ect and hold them, or beat the bone up just a little with a mallet, then when the dog is chewing the bone properly, I move on to carcasses, lamb necks and the like. I prefer to stay away fro big, weight bearing bones as they tend to wear teeth down prematurely. You should always supervise bone eating, though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    I prefer to stay away fro big, weight bearing bones as they tend to wear teeth down prematurely.
    Funny. I mentioned above my 14 year old dog who had all her teeth at that age, and all she was getting were big bones with lots of carltliage and chewy bits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    Funny. I mentioned above my 14 year old dog who had all her teeth at that age, and all she was getting were big bones with lots of carltliage and chewy bits.
    Yes, I was unclear. I meant the big, bare dryish variety. That said, I wasn't trying to deliberately say the opposite to you, Fedra, just giving my opinion. I mean, I feed raw, but have personally known of 18 year old dogs who lived on Pedigree Pal for their entire lives, who had terrific teeth and constitution. Are you saying I am now opposing everyone who feeds other than Pal? As I reread my original post, I noticed I used the words 'I prefer'... This tends to indicate that I am simply stating a personal preference; infact to use 'in my opinion' is less appropriate becaue it implies some level of knowledge beyond that of which I actually posses. Others in this thread have stated a similar thing about weight bearing bones, some have given their preference for bigger bones, yet for some reason I'm picking on you Fedra? Is your dog the exception that disproves the rule... oops PREFERENCE... every time Fedra?

    I won't continue to post if I'm constantly berated for having my own opinion.
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    I'm not opposing you, I was just saying
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    I have a pup that has wolfed down 2 raw chicken necks that he had for his last feed. The first few times he had them he chewed them for ages but he has just learned to swallow them whole. Naturally it worried me so I've been doing some research and it seems like it should be OK.
    Apparently a dogs stomach is much more acidic than ours so in theory it should be able to digest bones into a liquid form before it passes to the small intestine. A dogs stomach is said to be around PH 1 which is extremely acidic where a human stomach is around PH 4-5 according to what I've been reading.
    Doggies.com | Your Dog’s Digestive System
    The acid in the stomach is said to liquefy the meal into chyme before it moves through to the intestines so fingers crossed it should be OK

    I still intend to keep a close watch on him to make sure he's OK and as others have said I think I'll hold them while he chews them a bit from now on. If he's happy to eat a meal like that from my hand it could help build trust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    I'm not opposing you, I was just saying
    Fair enough, and thanks for clarifying. It is sometimes hard to impossible to intuit someone's feelings from text alone. For every opinion I have, I've either heard one opposing, or believe one exists. Far be it from me to tell anyone their business. My way is just one way. It mostly works for me, and when it doesnt, I ask and listen. My opinions are based only in my experience and the experiences of others with whom I have conversed. That's why I endeavor to present info in language that allows room for exceptions, anomalies and further info.
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    I have dogs too who swallow chicken necks whole but never have had a problem(fingers crossed now I've stated he will probley choke next time, lol).

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydog View Post
    I have dogs too who swallow chicken necks whole but never have had a problem(fingers crossed now I've stated he will probley choke next time, lol).
    Mine just had a slight bit of problem when pooping And I think there's a bit of difference if TM swallows whole chicken neck and if pekingese mix swallows it I cringed when I saw him skuffing it down.
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