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I'm not ready to step into the raw world, but I do feel dogs should get some bones in their diets. What are your thoughts on safety/benefits of ground up bones and which kind are the safest/soft/cleanest to start with? Still a nervous new parent. Oh, and how do you grind them up?? :wave:
 

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If you are still feeding kibble as the main part of the diet, there is no reason to feed ground bones. Actually there are very few reasons to feed ground bone with a completely raw diet. Raw bones are a fabulous addition to the diet if fed whole. Mostly for the teeth cleaning and entertainment values. If you are feeding a mostly/all kibble diet, your dog doesn't need any of the nutrients in bone to balance the diet (and you could throw off the balance of his diet if you overdo it). In a raw diet, bones of course provide necessary minerals.

As to which bones are best, it depends a bit on the dog. Turkey necks are good to help clean the teeth. Raw knuckle bones can be good too (but watch out for fatty ones, they can cause the runs). Especially with the knuckle bones, watch the dog and take the bone away after a little while so that the dog doesn't overdo it (or you will be sorry...).
 
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