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    Well I have been feeding marrow bones regularly now for 27 years. Never brushed my dogs teeth, never had any dental work, vets always comment on how clean my dogs teeth are, even my really old dogs. They basically gnaw the cartilage off the end of the bones and eat the head, I dont notice them breaking the bone of the shaft.

    They are more inclined to break and splinter bones that are thinner walled than the marrow bones. They will crunch and splinter lamb bones so I prefer the good hefty marrow bones. The softer cartilage and porous head of the bones is what is good for teeth, not the bony shank.

    The marrow is no problem as my dogs are working dogs and nice and lean.

    Just had a look in the mouth of my rising 12 year old cattle dog who has had a couple of bones a week since puppy. Nice white teeth and clean gums, the very tip worn off one canine but no broken teeth other than that and she is a voracious bone chewer.

    There are some dogs that dont do well with bones but all mine do fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    Harleys big front canines are worn down a little on the tips. Most likely from chewing.

    I rarely give my two marrow bones, and if I do they are cut up into tiny bits. They normally get lamb bones which have a fair bit of meat on them and are only little. It keeps them happy and Harley loves them so unless I notice more damage I will keep giving them the little ones.
    Does Harley play with a tennis ball much? I had to change to using rubber balls cause Jack's teeth were getting worn down from the tennis ball.

    I feed Jack chicken drumsticks and lambshanks. I don't think the drumsticks do much positive(or negative) for his teeth as he just crunches through them and swallows. The lamb shanks however, although he initially just crunches through them, he ends up pulling the meat off and then chewing on the bone. From what i've read, any bones that are raw are fine for dogs. Also, i wonder what dogs did before they were domesticated? I"m betting they spent a bit of time chewing on the remainder of their catch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    Does Harley play with a tennis ball much? I had to change to using rubber balls cause Jack's teeth were getting worn down from the tennis ball.
    you know that's probably what it is. He is ball obsessed and I don't think he has gone a day with out having one! His favourite is a rubber ball now though. Never thought that could be why. But I always found it odd that Bella's teeth were fine!

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    I get spine or back bones for my guys. Cut how I want them without the rib as I find these splinter. These bones are hard enough for a good gnaw but soft enough for them to eat it all.

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    I have had my own dogs for 35 years, before that family dogs. Always fed bones, all types, never a broken tooth (one was an australian terrier) and vets have always said their teeth were great. My mother even fed cooked bones with no problems but I don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    you know that's probably what it is. He is ball obsessed and I don't think he has gone a day with out having one! His favourite is a rubber ball now though. Never thought that could be why. But I always found it odd that Bella's teeth were fine!
    Jack is just over 6 years old and it was only 1 year ago that the vet checked his teeth and told me i needed to switch the type of ball i use(had always used tennis balls up until then). Now i use rubber balls, $6 for 4 from k-mart, brand is "aero something or other", they bounce better, they last better and they don't wear his teeth. His teeth are pretty severely worn from the tennis ball years though.

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    Are they the ones with the bells in them? I got ours from Kmart too! It's the longest a ball has ever lasted!

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    I agree with Crested that some dogs, and some families are more prone to getting dirty teeth. One of mine is shocking, teeth grubby at the drop of a hat. Yet he eats the same as the others who are clean. His lines are known for it though. And yes, bones do have a cleaning action. If he doesn't have one for a little while he will start to get inflamed gums and tartar buildup. A day with a serious marrow bone and his tartar will be mostly gone. The gums will bleed a bit where they get pushed back and rubbed on the bone, but next day they are clean and pink again. You can actually see the bones cleaning his teeth.

    Some say to avoid weight bearing bones as the high density of these can cause damage or wear to teeth. But mine have them, and like Kalacreek's, they chew the gristly ends and get the marrow out (my breed flourish with extra fat in their diet). I did have a problem recently where one of my big pups got a decent and rock hard section of marrow bone tightly wedged in the roof of his mouth. It was REALLY stuck. And due to the heavy nature of the bone would've been a nightmare if it hadn't come out. I did get it out though... Luckily!!

    Some dogs wear teeth because of their bite alignment and not because of bones - the teeth wear on each other. An experienced or very attentive vet should be able to pick the difference.

    The best thing I've ever had for teeth cleaning was sheep's heads. Gruesome yes. And probably not advised if you live in suburbia... But the action of the dogs taking time to chew out every morsel from the bones, as well as lots of chewing on the horns (we live in Merino country so have horned sheep), makes for the cleanest teeth ever!

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    I don't know if I could handle a sheeps head in my backyard, especially if I forgot I gave it to them and walked out and saw it on the lawn

    Off topic but that reminded me of a story from the abbatoir. My OH went for a job there and did the tour of the facility. There was a guy getting the meat off a cows head. He started playing with the tendons inside it's neck and started using it like a puppet making it talk to everyone.

    I guess it was a good test to see if the guys could handle the job or not, some of them nearly threw up

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    haha i use to work in a beef works and they take you straight to the slaughter floor with the hanging carcass's before they even take you through the rest of the plant, simply for that reason - if you can't handle it you shouldn't be there. After that it takes a lot to gross me out these day's.

    Our lot are given chicken necks and brisket bone, haven't had any problems thus far. Mum also gets them those fake bone cartilage things that you can get from kmart and stuff. She also gets them dried pig ears and that from the markets, the softer stuff is mostly for Benji since he has shit teeth (his previous owner only ever fed him watered biscuits - WTF?) we had to get a couple of his back teeth pulled as they were so rotten they were making his breath stink really, really bad!

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