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From: Callie (
Subject:         raw bones -- frozen first
Date: April 13, 2009 at 4:59 pm PST

In Reply to: Callie, bone question posted by MaryO on April 13, 2009 at 10:18 am:

NOT ham bones - I never give the dogs ham at all (shoot, *I* don't eat ham) -- it's far too salty, and too full of nitrates. Pork meat is ok, but I honestly never give them ham.

But if I'm giving raw bones to clean teeth, then I freeze them first to kill bacteria. chicken necks work great (and turkey necks are ok as well) just not frozen b/c you want them to chew them.

I use beef marrow bones a lot (not the thin ones -- these are like 1 1/2" from the butcher) -- freeze them and then thaw somewhat but give them raw.

Never cooked bones -- they splinter (which is another reason no ham).

The big marrow bones? You can put them thru the dishwasher if you want and then stuff them with pureed veggies/meat and freeze that for a tasty keep-them-busy crate treat.

Raw bones do an awesome job of cleaning teeth. You can give raw meaty bones occasionally instead of a meal, but again I freeze them first. These are things like shortribs -- you want them to chew on the bone (and bones like that they will consume).

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