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    Default Bones are bad for dogs.??

    Well we popped into the vets on the way home the other day to throw the big guy on thier scales and was given the new monthly newsletter.........now i've had some really good experiences with this vet clinic but my last consult with a diffrent vet left a bad taste in my mouth as the head vet (owner) went on to tell me...."Dogs dont get bloat, only cattle do" and the classic "Mojo has a deformed jaw because of his underbite"....tosser....wont be using him anymore, so i'm now requesting the excellent vet who works there that did all the work on my last dog (it's a big vet clinic/hospital with 4 or 5 vets). Live and learn i guess.....

    Anyway i got to reading the news letter and the dental section contained this little gem......

    But i am still seeing lots of dogs with broken teeth from eating bones. PLEASE be very careful when feeding bones to your dog. The sad fact is that bones DO NOT clean your dogs teeth unless you have lots of meat on the bone. It is the meat that helps the teeth stay healthy. The bone itself only holds the meat together to stop the animal from just swallowing the meat.
    Bones break teeth- the amount of dogs we see with fractures of the teeth or with worn teeth is staggering.
    Every owner tells me that they feed the dog a bone regularly to "clean it's teeth"- this is WRONG, WRONG AND WRONG. I do not care what you read in the paper or hear on the T.V - the Australian Veterinary Dental Association does NOT recommend bones for cats or dogs.
    There are very good dental foods, toysd and chews that will help your animal. The best thing you can do is to CLEAN your animals teeth with a toothbrush.

    So according to this i'm doing my dog's teeth damage. I dont leave old bones lying around for too long and Mojo knows he gets a new one every 2nd day or so anyway so it's not like he's trying to eat the actuall bone itself. It just sounds to me like he's trying to sell more of thier dental chews they have....bloody expensive ones too.

    Now i am avoiding this bloke with my own dog.....so i'm not concerned about that but i'd like to know what everyones thoughts on this are......i was under the impression that most of us on the forum reguarly feed thier dogs bones to keep thier dogs stimulated and also for healthy teeth. I use mainly Brisket and Marrow bones because thats all my local supermarkets and butchers will sell.


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    I have read plenty of articles from other vets that say bones are good for dogs to chew on.

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    theres an argument for both sides of the story.

    I dont feed bones really ever. And when we went to the vet with Barney one time, I was told his teeth were the teeth of a much younger dog.

    They get the odd chicken wing, or chicken frame. And occasionally they do get one of those really big cannon bones, but honestly he wouldnt have had one of those for about 2 years. And when he does get one, its taken away once the meat is gone and he has started to chew the knuckle.

    I think bones are good for gnawing and a bit of quiet time but I dont think they are nexcessary on a daily or even weekly basis. But thats just my opinion

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    Its about what sort of bone you feed.

    Marrow bones are a no no, they are very very hard and can break your dogs teeth (an the marrow is super rich in fat, too much).

    You need to choose bones that are softer and easier for your dog to crunch up. Both my dogs eat bones at least 5 times a week. Neither has ever broken a tooth and both have white teeth, whiter than all my friends dogs, I knoe that sounds weird but I have looked at friends dogs teeth and they all tend to have at least small amounts of plaque. My two don't at all.

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    i have always given my dog's bones. Never had any issues at all.

    i think it's a personal choice that each owner decides.
    I certainly disagree with them being bad for them, but that's just my opinion.
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    We're a bone-free zone here, don't fancy paying another $120 to have a broken tooth pulled.

    Clean teeth is more about the saliva than the scraping action of bones. If the saliva is too acidic then it eats away at the teeth faster. You will notice this when dealing with dogs from certain lines, 3 dogs that are related may have sparkling white teeth, while another 3 unrelated dogs on the same diet have rotten teeth, the 3 related dogs produce similar saliva.
    Just my observation anyway.

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    Could it be more of a issue with smaller breeds than larger ??

    I can only get my hands on briskets or the marrow bones....butchers just dont want to sell anything else to me......I've seen Newfsie feed her dogs some giant looking shank type bones.....might have to look harder for somthing like those.

    We only give Mojo a half marrow bone every 2 weeks or so and briskets are every other day. Chicken necks nearly every night but he dosnt really chew them so i cut them into 3rds. I'm sure they dont even touch the sides LOL..

    Now i'm wondering if i could test my dogs saliva using my aquarium ph test kits.... makes sense what C.L mentioned about the saliva acidity.


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    Well from puppy school she said bones are great mostly for their teeth while growing. Also, bones sometime enough food for the day *raw big bone from butchers, as per the vet mentioned last night
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Could it be more of a issue with smaller breeds than larger ??

    I can only get my hands on briskets or the marrow bones....butchers just dont want to sell anything else to me......I've seen Newfsie feed her dogs some giant looking shank type bones.....might have to look harder for somthing like those.

    We only give Mojo a half marrow bone every 2 weeks or so and briskets are every other day. Chicken necks nearly every night but he dosnt really chew them so i cut them into 3rds. I'm sure they dont even touch the sides LOL..

    Now i'm wondering if i could test my dogs saliva using my aquarium ph test kits.... makes sense what C.L mentioned about the saliva acidity.
    Definately agree with breaking teeth being more of a small breed problem. All my dogs are under 12kg, if I had larger breeds it might be different but then I would worry about them being able to crunch chunks of bone off and swallow them.
    I'm just too much of a worry wart.

    lol @ testing with the aquarium kit... I guess it could work ya know

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    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.

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