Lifting quotes from another thread, I wanted to elevate this to a topic of its own because I'm getting confused about bones. To be honest, I had wondered how the raw diets worked and what happens to canids in the wild. I have always been told that rib and chicken bones can be fatal to dogs. Chouette is forever scarfing up tiny bird bodies left courtesy of the cat and it worries me, although I had heard that raw bones were more digestible. And I'd also been told that raw marrow bones were great for dogs.
mtd885 said:WHOA STOP THE MUSIC. YOU ARE GIVING COMPLETELY BACKWARDS INFORMATION HERE.RiverRat said:A warning: animal bones that can splinter, like chicken bones, can be dangerous to your puppy. They can perforate the intestines. Even pork or beef ribs can splinter. I would stick to the large uncooked marrow bones.
Please do your research before making blanket statements like this. NEVER give marrow bones if you want your dog to keep it's teeth! More dogs BREAK TEETH on marrow bones than any other cause. Feeding Raw chicken bones is PERFECTLY FINE and RECOMMENDED by all RAW diet proponents. They are the most digestible and are quite soft when RAW. They become brittle after cooking and therein lies the danger. If I were you I'd check out the Yahoo groups Raw Chat and Raw feeding groups to get some accurate non mythological info on Raw diets, especially the Prey Model diets. Which is basically 80% meat 10%Bone 10%organs...mtd/abby/drkatz
So what's the opinion of the forum on this subject? What do you all do regarding bones?tykesmom said:Oops! Sounds like you broke your own rule about blanket statements! - and as for chicken bones, raw or otherwise, I have to agree with Leslie - the risk just isn't worth it, and there are plenty of alternatives to chicken bones. My boyfriend's mixed breed dog just died with a preforated intestine caused by one of those "safe" raw chicken bones. While they may be digested before they can do any damage MOST of the time, it didn't happen THAT time, and Jim lost a good dog because of it.mtd885 said:Please do your research before making blanket statements like this. NEVER give marrow bones if you want your dog to keep it's teeth! More dogs BREAK TEETH on marrow bones than any other cause.