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    Quote Originally Posted by Holly View Post
    I do the Marrow Slices from this company and my dogs LOVE them! Scroll down to the bottom of the page. They are pretty inxpensive and you can order them and keep them in the freezer.

    http://aplaceforpaws.com/rawmeatybones.html
    Beef marrow bones are usually not recommended because 1) the bones are very hard and can crack teeth (often referred to as "wreck bones" and 2) marrow is very rich and can cause GI issues (commonly knows as "the splarts"...just use your imagination. )

    The necks and backs sold on that site would be good choices, as would ribs. Of course, all of that can be bought at a regular grocery store...

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    That's interesting... my dogs have not had any problems at all with these.... there is really not much marrow in each slice. I have friends who feed these, as well, with no problems. As for the teeth, it is my understanding that raw meaty bones are good for cleaning their teeth, although I'm sure an over-excited dog could overdo it, resulting in a cracked tooth. I suppose just like with anything else, it's important to do your own research and make an informed decision based on what you feel is best. I feed RAW, which a lot of people disagree with, but I did my homework and research and am a big believer in it, based on what I have seen.
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    Hi Holly,

    I feed raw too...my pups don't have trouble with the marrrow but a dog who is used to kibble might. I've heard some horror stories.

    I absolutely agree about raw meaty bones being used for teeth cleaning, however it's the MEATY party that does most of the cleaning...the ripping and tearing through the meat, not gnawing on bone. The picture may not do it justice, but they didn't look meaty to me.

    And absolutely, everyone needs to make their own decision about what works for them. My guys each got half a chicken to work on last night. Lots of gnawing through meaty-meat leads to pearly whites!

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    Good to know!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shell nyc View Post
    Lots of gnawing through meaty-meat leads to pearly whites!
    Which is one of the big reasons I also feed raw! As for OK bones - Supervised, most bones are okay for dogs AS LONG AS THEY'RE RAW! There's dangers to anything you feed your pets, and you'll find endless debates about poultry bones - But honestly, softer bones, like poultry bones, are an important part of a raw diet because they need the calcium in those bones to balance out the diet! Necks and backs are also really good for adding the all important edible bone to the diet, and excellent for cleaning teeth! Most of my dogs are hitting middle age now, with the exception of Amber who's teeth where really bad when she first arrived, NONE of my dogs have ever had a dental, and all their teeth are sparkling white!!!

    Marrow bones are OK, but I generally avoid "wreck bones", because my dogs don't need them - They give the dog something to do, but provide little nutritional benefit, and can break teeth. I do use them sometimes with puppies that are teething, or a dog that really seems to have a desire to chew, but aside from that I avoid them. My dogs LOVE ribs - I can generally get a rack of inexpensive ribs for around $.99/lb at the grocery stores, and my dogs love them!!! But once they've chewed the meat off the bones, generally they loose interest and I just throw the bone away.
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