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Raw bones are a big part of the raw dog food we buy; it’s ground up in the food.  Our dogs also get raw bones as a treat a couple weekends a month.  I was hesitant to feed them raw bones, but we haven’t had any negative experiences.  The other day on Twitter a dog owner shared that her dog nearly died from eating a pork bone.  $6,000 later, her dog was recovering from the ordeal.  I sent my wishes for a full recovery and then wondered what type of bone the dog ate.

The Dangers of Cooked Bones

I’ve heard from many people that bones are unhealthy.  We all know not to feed our dogs cooked bones, because they’ll splinter and become dislodged in our dogs digestive system.  I keep seeing smoked bones at pet stores and wonder “aren’t they cooked too?”  I won’t take the chance so it’s only raw bones for our dogs.

Another Danger of Raw Bones

Another warning about bones is that our dogs can break a tooth; the worst case scenario for this is that we won’t know until our dog is very sick.  By nature, dogs hide illnesses, because they don’t want to appear weak in the wild – this habit may not be bred out of our dogs.  I don’t know how true this is, but it’s the one “fact” that I learned that convinced me that it’s a bad idea to leave our dogs alone with raw bones – so they gnaw away while I read to them.

This week, I was reading posts in a Facebook raw dog food group and someone asked for information on feeding raw bones for an article that she was writing.  This is where I learned about weight bearing bones…

The one bone we should not feed our dogs are weight bearing bones, because a bone that sustained the weight of a cow (for example) so they may be too strong and can break teeth.  According to the article I read

So what’s the answer?  To be honest, I really don’t know, but I do find it interesting.  We only feed our dogs rib bones and knee caps.  I’m thinking of trying chicken wings this weekend.

What are your thoughts?


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