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Post by Larry on Sat Jan 27 2018, 16:39

Just got some raw beef bones from the supermarket. Is it ok to give these to a 6 month old? Do they need cooked?
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Re: Raw bones

Post by gillybrent on Sat Jan 27 2018, 20:33

No.1 NEVER give cooked bones EVER!
No.2. It depends what sort of bones they are.
No.3. At 6 months not all the new teeth will be in,although most will be. Don't give 'hard' bones such as leg or any other weight bearing (marrow) bones. Spines, (lamb mainly) chicken wings etc are fine but must be supervised.

Do you know what bones you have? How old are they & have they been frozen at any time?

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Post by Jenc on Sat Jan 27 2018, 21:08

Definitely not cooked!! As Gilly said no marrow bones yet. Wings, feet or ribs would be best at his age.


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Re: Raw bones

Post by Larry on Sat Jan 27 2018, 22:15

I have no idea what they are.. It just says "Meaty beef bones, ideal for stock" on the wrapper. I'll just bin them and get something more suitable.
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Post by gillybrent on Sat Jan 27 2018, 23:12

Don't bin them - use them!

If they're large bones, then no, don't give them to your pup. But you can still use them.

Boil them up at a low temperature & plenty of water for about an hour, or even two. Then drain them, reserving the liquid. Throw the bones away & freeze the liquid in ice cube trays. Great for adding to your dog's dinner or for cooling him down on a warm day.

Mind you, the way the weather is here at the moment, that could be a while away! Laughing Laughing

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Re: Raw bones

Post by Larry on Sun Jan 28 2018, 09:29

So next time I'm out, chicken wings and feet or ribs from what?
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Re: Raw bones

Post by Nifty staffy on Sun Jan 28 2018, 16:41

Pork ribs


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Re: Raw bones

Post by gillybrent on Sun Jan 28 2018, 17:35

Lamb ribs are better - pork contains proportionally more fat.

If you have a Morrisons near you, you might be able to pick up some lamb spines. They are softer and easier to 'crunch' than some other bones & are good for starting a dog on raw bones.

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Re: Raw bones

Post by channi on Sun Jan 28 2018, 21:02

my local butcher has a plastic dustbin outside full of bones for a pound a chuck maybe worth asking your local butcher if you have one long gone are the days when they used to give them away
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Re: Raw bones

Post by gillybrent on Mon Jan 29 2018, 12:09

channi wrote:my local butcher has a plastic dustbin outside full of bones for a pound a chuck maybe worth asking your local butcher if you have one long gone are the days when they used to give them away

If they're outside & not refrigerated, then I wouldn't touch them! Big Grin

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Post by channi on Mon Jan 29 2018, 18:50

their all bagged and no runny tummy 2 years on them so i think they must be ok to carry on buying them don't you think
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Re: Raw bones

Post by gillybrent on Mon Jan 29 2018, 21:55

I still wouldn't trust them personally - you only need one bone to carry Giardia or similar & you'll have a very poorly dog.

But you're right - it's your decision.


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Post by channi on Sat Feb 03 2018, 07:39

i don't think the family run butcher would of lasted the 85 years of trading if they did'nt know how to treat their goods
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Re: Raw bones

Post by gillybrent on Sat Feb 03 2018, 07:44

I'm not arguing with you - just saying that I, personally, wouldn't give bones that have been left outside & unrefrigerated.

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Re: Raw bones

Post by Larry on Tue Feb 20 2018, 11:04

Gave Neeko a lamb rib yesterday, he wasn't sure at 1st but he sure enjoyed it.
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Re: Raw bones

Post by gillybrent on Tue Feb 20 2018, 15:49

wavespin wavespin

He'll be looking for them all the time, now!

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