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Penny's Mom 08-14-2012 08:44 PM

beef bone question
 
Are raw beef bones okay? I took a chuck roast out of the freezer and it has a long bone in it...about 6--8 inches and it's narrow. This cow was young so the bones chew up pretty easily. Is that safe to give? I take them away when they look sharp or otherwise dangerous. I know she will chew AND swallow some of the ground up bone. Oh and no marrow to speak of.

Penny's Mom 08-15-2012 07:51 AM

bumping up.

Claudia M 08-15-2012 08:03 AM

Personally I would not give raw bones to my dogs. At least I would cook it first.

Laurie 08-15-2012 08:17 AM

Raw beef bones are fine!!

Cooked bones are brittle and will splinter.

Penny's Mom 08-15-2012 09:28 AM

Thanks! After all that, we opted to leave the bone in the roast and cook it...not give it to Penny. It is a slice of the shoulder blade bone and could become very sharp quickly. Also Penny GUARDS her bones with a passion so taking it away if it becomes dangerous could be tricky. We went with the least problematic way...not this time sweetie! :(

I have a very old, hollow bone that is about 6 inches long. I spread peanut butter inside and let her have that. I'm sure she's just as happy with that.

spruce 08-15-2012 10:03 AM

<P>Done giving any bones after my guy got gastreoenteritis (sp) from injesting cartiledge from a raw knuckle bone.</P>
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<P>i've been "treating" my dogs for years with these, but no more!</P>
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pmcadams 08-15-2012 10:18 AM

I don't give cooked bones, they crack and break up to easily. I stop by the butcher shop and buy a marrow bone every once in awhile. Its a beef leg bone sawed into about a 4 to 8 inch segment, has marrow in the center and just a very slight amount of raw meat left on the bone. I don't get them often, but it's probably Abby's fav treat. Even after she has cleaned it down to bare bone, it practically last forever as a chew toy.

Just as a side note, since she was a puppy, I have constantly taken things away from my golden, toys and food, act like I inspect it for a just a second or two, then praise her lavishly and give it right back. Whether or not I have just been lucky or this activity has prevented it, I don't have guarding issues. But if that's a concern in your house, don't get a marrow bone :)

BriGuy 08-15-2012 10:27 AM

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Originally Posted by pmcadams (Post 1780325)
Even after she has cleaned it down to bare bone, they practically last forever as a chew toy.

Here too. Then Cookie always brings that cleaned off bone outside and leaves it in the front yard, near the door. I think the pile of bones out there discourages solicitors! :)

cubbysan 08-15-2012 10:39 AM

Last winter we bought a quarter of a cow, and I asked the butcher to cut up dog bones. We actually give them to the dogs frozen raw and they love them and chew them down to nothing in less than an hour. We keep an eye on them, and then take them away when the pieces get too small.

Penny's Mom 08-15-2012 12:28 PM

We have several VERY OLD bones...from our first Golden who went to the bridge nearly 20 years ago...tough old cows.

But when Penny has 'fresh meat' I like to make sure it's something that will be safe for her until she's done with it. Then we can take it or give it at will. But when there's blood and meat involved...she's a wolf!!!


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