For the larger dogs, pork neck bones or beef rib bones would be good.
Personally, I don’t include beef or pork bones in my dogs’ raw dog food diet for two reasons:
Karen Zokovitch of Miami, Florida, has owned and bred Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for more than 20 years. On a diet of natural dry food, her dogs did very well, except in the area of dental health. “I was losing teeth as early as three years and always combating tartar,” she says. Thus, the attraction of the BARF diet, which she began feeding about four years ago. “Feeding a raw diet of chicken wings and thighs or beef marrow bones two to three times a week has greatly improved the problem and virtually eliminated the need for veterinary dental scrapings,” Zokovitch says.
After enjoying a nice dinner and noticing the dog up the bones that were left behind, many people often wonder, "Can dogs eat steak or beef bones?" While it may seem like a nice treat for your pup, it is my belief that feeding any type of bones to dogs is not a viable option (yes, even raw bones). Many experienced and knowledgeable veterinarians feel the same. Of course, there are some veterinarians who encourage the feeding of raw, whole bones, but you must decide for yourself what really makes sense for your pet.
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It is important that dogs just don’t gulp down large bony pieces. Dogs can easily digest larger raw chicken bones, but large pieces of denser beef bones may get stuck halfway through the bowel and require medical attention. Normally, a dog will slowly chew or break the raw bone into small pieces that are easily digested. Dogs that want to gulp and swallow big bony pieces may be better candidates for chicken necks, thighs, and wings. Poultry bones are lighter, less dense, and can be easily digested even when swallowed whole!Pork bones are softer than beef bones. All bones will splinter if cooked, and soft ones will splinter even raw.
My dogs love to get an occasional bone. I prefer hard beef bones. They are all of large breeds and tend to tolorate them well. I just make sure to watch them, and pick them up when they walk away from them.
My little one peeled a golf ball once in a matter of minutes, so a bone of any hardness would be no match for her. Therefore, I watch her more closely, and trade her for something more appealing when she actually breaks the bone.
Just watch closely, and be leary of pork altogether. That seems to be the only thing my oldest dog doesn't tolorate. He got into some sausage biscuits one time as a puppy, made him very sick for 2 days. Cooked bones of any sort should be avoided. If you feed a bone, it should be raw and covered with plenty of meat and/or skin. Weight-bearing bones from large animals, including beef, should be avoided. Most beef bones are too hard for dogs to eat without risk of chipping a tooth. Some dogs can handle beef ribs, but I wouldn't try it until you know what sort of chewer your dog is and have some idea of what she can and cannot handle. Most bones you feed should be edible bones--in other words, your dog can chew them up and swallow them. Recreational (inedible) bones can be fine, depending upon the individual dog and provided that once the meat and skin is gone you take it away from the dog. Note that not all pork bones are edible.
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