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Armyguy
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posted June 27, 2004 01:16 AM      Profile for Armyguy         
Hello everyone!

I often have BBQ at my house and my dog seems to give me the "please can i have some bones??" look. I have plenty of beef rib or pork rib bones.. and i was wondering if it's pork rib or beef rib bones are safe as a treat.

Which rib is safe? or should i keep them away from my dog? Thank you!

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posted June 27, 2004 01:46 AM      Profile for ellierat         
If you have cooked them on the bbq already, neither I'm afraid. If you want to give the treat before you've cooked, the beef only, it's the pork that splinters no matter what.
But I have had my Sophie(lab) with a beef bone stuck in between her top and bottom teeth, and had to remove it.

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posted June 27, 2004 08:47 AM      Profile for lou3         
no ribs are safe, cooked or otherwise. You can take the meat off the bones and give the dog just the meat from either, but never give them bones.
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posted June 27, 2004 01:38 PM      Profile for Armyguy         
I cant seem to get my dog to chew on anything but the rib bones... she's a pomeranian, and she will not chew on anything, so the only way to clean her teeth are to brush them my self... and it's sooo expensive to take her to the vet dentist. anyone have a good alternative ways to clean her teeth? Thank you for all the replies! [Smile]
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posted June 27, 2004 02:28 PM      Profile for DaxAriel's toy         
To a pommerian a rib bones as big as a leg bone. Just watch her to make sure she's not able to worry away chunks.
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posted June 27, 2004 02:57 PM      Profile for lou3         
cleaning her teeth is what's recommended anyway. i would just keep doing that. You can also buy dental scrapers which you can use yourself to chip off any big chunks of plaque that develop. Rib bones splinter quite easily even when they arent cooked so i wouldnt use them at all.
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posted June 27, 2004 03:27 PM      Profile for ellierat         
I was reading an article the other day that actually stated you can give raw chicken wings. You may want to check up with your vet just to be sure. The wings only though.

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posted June 27, 2004 04:50 PM      Profile for lou3         
yeah as long as you pull the meat off them and throw away the bones its fine. [Wink]
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posted June 27, 2004 05:18 PM      Profile for Armyguy         
They have dental scrapers for pets? I brushed most of the plaques off her teeth, but some stains on her front teeth won't brush off.. I mix her water with teeth cleaning solution, brush her teeth everyday, and give her some teeth cleaning chews(she rarely chew on these).. Thanks for the advice! [Smile]

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cleaning her teeth is what's recommended anyway. i would just keep doing that. You can also buy dental scrapers which you can use yourself to chip off any big chunks of plaque that develop. Rib bones splinter quite easily even when they arent cooked so i wouldnt use them at all.


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posted June 27, 2004 06:06 PM      Profile for lou3         
I get my scrapers from the dog showing circuit, they are usually sold at most big shows. You can also get them at some big pet stores and chemists. It isnt Toooo difficult to get hold of them when you know where to look. Brushing works well if your dog will let you really brush them properly every day. One of mine is funny with the toothbrush though so has to have hers scraped. I use ordinary sedation pills to do it about once every three months. These are available from your vet and are given out for things like bad travellers, dogs who are scared of fireworks etc.
Lou

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posted June 28, 2004 06:24 AM      Profile for floozy666         
On the subject of the raw chicken wings - it is quite true - its just when they are cooked that they must not be given. I have had Belgians for quite a few years and always from the same breeder, I used to show a lot and many of the breeders feed raw chicken wings. When I picked up my Bernie puppy the breeder also fed raw chicken wings - I have given them to all my pups and never had a problem.
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posted June 28, 2004 09:06 AM      Profile for Armyguy         
thanks for the great reply! [Smile]

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I get my scrapers from the dog showing circuit, they are usually sold at most big shows. You can also get them at some big pet stores and chemists. It isnt Toooo difficult to get hold of them when you know where to look. Brushing works well if your dog will let you really brush them properly every day. One of mine is funny with the toothbrush though so has to have hers scraped. I use ordinary sedation pills to do it about once every three months. These are available from your vet and are given out for things like bad travellers, dogs who are scared of fireworks etc.
Lou


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posted June 28, 2004 03:32 PM      Profile for ellierat         
Glad to see someone agreed with me, thanks floozy, the article I read was in a vets magazine, so I was pretty sure or I would not have posted it. There was something that was written about the bone structure of the wing, but I can't remember, so yes now that you have written to confirm, it is chicken wings you can give raw.

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