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    Default Gadget chewing on cow bones.

    Hey guys, so my dad is a butcher which is awesome because he brings home treats for my 9month old Staffy, Gadget.
    The other day he gave her a cow bone, I think it was the cows hip and it is MASSIVE.
    I was just wondering is it okay for my dog to have this bone or is it too big?
    Thanks in advance

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    Should be fine. The bigger the better i say. I'd give one to my 6 month old for sure. Just chuck it out and get a new one after a few days so it dosnt stink or become so hard that it may splinter.
    I wish i knew a butcher....none around here want to sell anything other than brisket bones or the big marrow bones. I'd love to get my bloke onto some big shank bones but no one wants to sell them to me .


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    Very very fine!
    My dogs ALWAYS have bones on the go. Result: shiny white teeth into the elderly life which the Vet always comments on how white the teeth are.
    Stops you losing shoes, nice furniture too!
    And when its hot, you can chill them, very soothing on pups that are teething, and cooling for those hot summer days. Unless you have a dog like mine, that buries them immediately, till nicely rotten, THEN digs them up to munch on lol

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    I try to avoid really hard bones and only give ones with a lot of marrow inside them. We get leg bones that have been sawn in half lengthways.

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    I would say you're more likely to have problems with bones that are too small, because then the dog can try and swallow it in one go and potentially choke. My dogs also always have lots of bones from all sorts of animals.

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    That is a very good point! My dad told me that when he had a rottie it swallowed a whole cricket ball :/

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    Better having a bigger bone than smaller bones..Bought Oskar some small bones, and he chewed them and passed bone fragments in his poo. On a big bone, this is less likely to happen, and it keeps them occupied a lot longer!

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    Bigger is definitely better. My boy got some small-ish bones at my parents place one time (they have smaller dogs), and he kind of "ate" one. Then he gone the bone fragment issue that Oskar had. Very, very painful for him. Two trips to the vet in one day, and lots of laxatives...
    The vet did the usual "stick the finger up there", and totally spiked his finger on this big sharp fragment. It was truly horrible. And very lucky that it didn't cause any intestinal issues!

    ETA: my dogs have bones regularly, they are just usually a lot bigger than at my parents place that day.
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    Big bones are fine.....We give our puppies bones from very young..our breeder gives the puppies brisket bones from 4 weeks old. LOL they half suck them , really cute to see and keeps them pacified. When dogs get used to bones from an early age, they learn to not be too greedy and quick with them. When you talk with people who have had dogs with bone related injuries, the dogs often have only had the odd bone here and there and are very exited and over zealous with the bone. Our dogs, it is part of their diet.......So bones are part of life. They know they will get another one ( Expect it) and just cruisily chew their bones slowly.

    This happens with all the dogs that come through here and many different breeds......The early chewing is also good for their gums and my dogs never seem to chew anything they are not supposed to chew. I have had many puppies and never has anything been destroyed by them. Only Lucas, when her first came like to chew remotes, but he now prefers bones the bigger the better. though I prefer the softer bones, such as vertabrae and brisket, but we will do all bones......The ones I use the least are the large weight-bearing femurs. They dry out and become very sharp and brittle. Need to check and chuck them. the others are all gone within hours
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