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Raw Bones - What to Buy?

April 18th, 2008, 12:06 AM
I'm going to my local farmer's market on Saturday and want to stop at the butcher's and pick up some raw bones as a treat for my boyfriend's family dog, Heidi. The problem? I don't know what bones to ask for or how much they will cost. :shrug: Please help!

Heidi - 10 yrs. - Lab X - 85 lbs. - strong chewer but I think her teeth are getting a little sensitive these days b/c of age.

I'd also like to get something for my pup Chase - he's 11 mos. and about 65 lbs. - can he have a raw bone now? He normally just chews his Nylabones but I'd like to give him something different.

Note: I read some other threads on this and know to freeze them until I want to give them and will supervise the chewing...just wasn't clear what alll the different types of bones are and what dogs they are best suited to.


April 18th, 2008, 02:32 AM
Knuckle bones are the best without the shank legbone attached. I would also remove any excess fat. Butchers quite often give them away if you are a regular customer. It's the supermarkets that charge $2.29lb for them :eek:

April 18th, 2008, 06:39 AM
Chicken (or duck) necks are great for teeth-cleaning, if you can find some of those.

April 18th, 2008, 09:53 AM
Thanks! Does the size of the bones matter for each dog? Or can they just each have a whole knucklebone or neck?

Also, how much of it can they eat without risking tummy upset? Neither one of them is particularly sensitive....I just don't know if raw bones are especially rich. Should they just have part of one and then back in the freezer for later? I don't know how quickly a dog can eat a raw bone...

April 18th, 2008, 09:59 AM
Sorry, one more question - What bones should I stay away from? I want to trust that a butcher would know what not to give me, but just in case I'd like to know. I know weight-bearing bones should be avoided, but what do these include exactly? Sorry, I know this is kind of a dumb question! :loser:

April 18th, 2008, 10:05 AM
I know this is not my post,, but since Chase -Mom has asked about them , I"m wondering what kind of bone you could give to a toy breed?