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    I don't feed my dog bones.

    She hasn't broken any teeth on them - but she could. If the bone is too hard - the dog can break their teeth.

    Our main problem is splinters and fat. Our vet recommended various kinds of bones, and none of them were safe with my dog. Ie shed break them up into 20 cent sized sharp edged pieces, which would return at either end with extremely unpleasant consequences, usually at 3am.

    Chicken wings you say - Nope. Fed her one of these in the morning. Got in the car for big drive a few hours later... and later that night about 12 hours or so after she ate the chicken wing, it all came back up to haunt us, like pink cake icing - I can't look at that stuff any more.

    So no chicken wings for evil hound either.

    We occasionally eat a dentastix, a small piece of raw meat, or carrot, or rawhide chip, or roo chew (dried roo jerky).

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    Talking about sheeps heads, one of my dogs appeared with one the other day. Yuk. There have been a few sheep deaths from caltrop poisoning in my neighbours flock and foxes spread the bones around.

    However when any of my older sheep are sent off to the local butcher who cuts them up for me for the dogs I also ask him to keep the lower parts of the legs complete with hooves. The dogs love the hooves. Next time I might ask him to keep the sheeps head too. I didnt think of that, probably because it seems a bit gruesome to have the sheeps head floating around in the backyard especially if the eyes are still there at first. Good thing I dont really eat much meat.

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    I have two staffies; they both eat the same food, get the same treats, chew the same bones. The male is 6yrs old, has absolutely perfect teeth, the female who is 8yrs showed signs of worn/chipped teeth some years back & our vet said it was because she chewed tennis balls so we stopped her playing with them which was a pity because chasing and 'killing' them was her favourite thing ever, then when her teeth got worse they said it was from bones - that we should NEVER give her a bone. She got very irritable and my other dog was always licking her around her jaw so I suggested maybe she had some tooth decay (thinking maybe he could smell it?) but the vet said no - that's just 'wear and tear'...not convinced i went to another vet who immediately booked her in to have two teeth removed saying she was in a lot of discomfort (and she's been great since then - my other dog has stopped licking her in that area)..anyway the new vet said to give her a bone to keep them clean but just never cut it lengthways where it'll splinter and to get rid of it after a couple of days. You can't really give staffies those dentastix (they just swallow them whole!) so they really need something to gnaw at. Other than that they gave me a toothbrush & chicken flavoured toothpaste...anyway I told my new vet that it's very confusing with vets saying yes give them bones, no don't, and in the end they said 'yep; we don't really know - there's pros and cons"...so maybe it's a case of moderation like everything else?.....

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    Yes it is confusing. The local vet feeds his dog any bones cooked or raw and has been doing so for many years without problems and has no problem telling his clients.

    I feed my cattle dogs weight bearing leg bones from cattle and I split them lengthwise with no problems of bone splintering and my dogs will keep on them for a good week. I get the odd heirloom being dug back up months later, disgusting but never appears to cause a problem.

    My friend does the same with her pitbull with an even bigger jaw and no problems.

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    Yep. Mine too get cattle leg bones sawn lengthwise. Bt they are big dogs. Maybe smaller dogs could more readily damage teeth on such dense bone?

    Sheep legs and feet are great too aren't they Kala? I also like the thought of using the throwaway bits of animals, so there is less waste. If you can get some heads, give them a try, the dogs will have a ball!

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    The bones here stay around (those that are not buried) until the lawn is mowed. The dogs are permanently contained by being in the house, the fenced off snake proofed back yard or the huge 90mtre circumference snake proofed dog yard (dirt). Currently we have a wheelbarrow load ready to be taken out but hubby forgot to take it out when he took the ride on out so all the netting etc is back in place. The wheelbarrow stays there till the next mow. I picked up bones yesterday as hubby was going to mow and looked out the window this morning to see that my dogs had taken their favourites from the wheelbarrow and re seeded the lawn with them, lol.

    My last blue heeler didn't need to be contained and he once dragged home a calf's head then sat by it howling till hubby buried it. lol.

    Oh, I should add that the wheelbarrow was loaded with previous bone cleanups so it wasn't a wheelbarrow load for this mow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    The bones here stay around (those that are not buried) until the lawn is mowed.
    Yes my bones do the same. I picked a load up once and got a phone call, when I came back out the dogs had got them back out of the container and spread em back round. I think my dogs have cast iron stomachs.

    When I am on walks, my dogs sometimes duck into my bushland and return with parts of dead roos and other unrecognisable bony structures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Yep. Mine too get cattle leg bones sawn lengthwise. Bt they are big dogs. Maybe smaller dogs could more readily damage teeth on such dense bone?

    Sheep legs and feet are great too aren't they Kala? I also like the thought of using the throwaway bits of animals, so there is less waste. If you can get some heads, give them a try, the dogs will have a ball!
    Yes they are, I will try the sheep heads I can just imagine my dogs will love it. I try and use all parts of the sheep.

    My mums smaller poodle mix is not good with the large bones, she has a bit of a nibble on the ends but otherwise doesnt attempt to do much with them. With my working dogs you can hear them gnawing, they really get stuck in, especially the cattle dogs and also surprisingly my smaller kelpie is a real goer on large bones, she has beautiful white teeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    Yes my bones do the same. I picked a load up once and got a phone call, when I came back out the dogs had got them back out of the container and spread em back round. I think my dogs have cast iron stomachs.

    When I am on walks, my dogs sometimes duck into my bushland and return with parts of dead roos and other unrecognisable bony structures.
    Yeah, same here. The process of clearing the lawn of bones before mowing can be quite comical. I pick them up and throw them onto the concrete and my dog will just drag them straight back onto the lawn. Mind you, a great number are buried. Some will get dug up - the dog doesn't seem to mind them being covered in sand when she chews on them - some are never seen again.

    I just buy whatever bones I can get. Sometimes they're what our IGA calls off-cuts which usually include some ribs and some small brisket bones with meat on. Sometimes I buy marrow bones from the butcher.

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    Touchwood Mojo's not a digger at all .....my last dog Scooby buried all his bones almost as soon as he was given them.

    When both my big pet Barramundi died i buried them in the garden. 2 weeks later Scoob's standing at the door with 2 rotted fish carcases .....proud as punch. I nearly spewed from the smell.
    I forgot to mention that Mojo also chews a cow hoove.....he loves it and its hardly worn at all. Best $2 i've spent in a while.


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