I’ve never been one to feed our dogs raw bones. They gross me out! And as a vegetarian, I’m really not wanting to touch nasty, slimy bones (you should see me trying to cook Steve’s meaty dinner–LONG wooden spoons to mix up his hamburgers. Yes, I’m a very good wife!). I realize bones are what their ancestors eat out in the wild. But, the horror stories of bones splintering, dogs needing surgery to remove bone shards deterred me from buying them bones. We do allow the dogs to gnaw on deer or elk antlers but they lose interest in those rather quickly.
The bone issue came to a head, when the vet recommended we feed Reid raw bones to help clean her teeth. Because of her age, we were all worried about putting her under to have her teeth cleaned. So, off I went in search of raw bones. I was not too thrilled about having to go to a meat market like Mr. Prime Beef to find raw bones. Luckily, when we were shopping at my all time favorite store Alaska Mill and Feed, we ran across a refrigerator full of raw bones!
The dogs get to gnaw on a frozen, raw bone for 15-20 minutes every now and then as a special treat. Reid is gung-ho for about 5 minutes and then gives up; I have a feeling her teeth hurt her. Poor baby. We do keep a good eye on our wild man, Pongo when he’s chewing on his bone. We never know what kind of stunt he might pull: try to swallow the whole thing out of bone-induced ecstasy?!?
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