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    I am curious how often you get your labs bone treats similiar to this:

    http://www.petco.com/product/6541/Re...ckle-Bone.aspx

    How often should I give my lab this type of bones? Are they caloric at all? How about any nutrition value?

    Thanks!
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    My dogs eat through these too quickly and found them to be way to rich (any of those basted type are) and they all have gotten explosive poos. Yeah, real fun. 4 Labs all having blow-outs!
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    I don't feed my dogs stuff like that. :-\
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    DefaultRe: bone treats

    My dogs do get many of these from Red Barn


    and these from Merrick
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    I don't, because it would give Henry explosive diarrhea for sure. :-X
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo317
    I don't feed my dogs stuff like that. :-\
    Can I ask why? Are they bad?
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    Hmm. Sounds like it is not a good idea to feed these bones. I don't get why these are too rich for labs but marrow bones are ok for most?
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    DefaultRe: using knuckle bones

    I wouldn't give that kind of prepared bone because of the calories, unease about the product's safety and health, and its expense.

    But Puff does get a raw beef knuckle bone 1ce/week primarily for teeth cleaning.

    She's was first tried on the marrow bones but she's never been that interested and they seem too hard for her -- almost like iron pipes.

    We have a local butcher shop from which we get our beef knuckle bones and they saw each one in two for us to make a smaller serving. They're frozen when we get them and I store them that way until a next one is needed and is defrosted. Cost is about $3 for 2 knuckles, 4 pieces, a month's worth. (We used to get them from the meat counters of a few local supermarkets but those sources dried up; that drove me to find this small, local meat-only custom butcher shop.)

    Before serving a piece to Puff, I defrost it and cut off all suet and fat as well as trim off some internal small bones about the size of a 25c or 50c coin that are within the joint.

    Parts of the knuckle bone are soft enough, kind of like sandstone, that they do erode under her constant chewing. But those swallowed granular remains reform inside her so her immediately next poops are always light colored and almost as hard as rocks -- like fossilized turds. ;D

    I monitor her chewing because small pieces do break off -- which she delights in chewing on -- but since I'm afraid she might swallow them, those go in the trash when I find them.

    She steadily chews on each knuckle piece for hours until the only things left are those parts too hard to maintain her interest (especially the part that looks like the ball on a car's trailer hitch). Then it goes in the trash.

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    DefaultRe: bone treats

    Quote Originally Posted by breezesunshine
    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo317
    I don't feed my dogs stuff like that. :-\
    Can I ask why? Are they bad?
    Very similar to Bob Pr.'s response. I'm not at all confident in the safety of said product. If I was to give them a bone to chew on, it would be very similar to that posted by Bob. Cooked bones can splinter and I just don't know enough about how they were prepared and such to feel safe giving them to my pups.

    I'm sure many people feed them without incident. I'm a little on the paranoid side of things.
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    DefaultRe: bone treats

    Great post Bob. Thanks so much for your inputs!

    You know what? Spot did poop three times today after he chewed on that knuckle bone for 2 hours last night. His poop is not loose but still, that is a lot of poop. I bet the bone has to do with it. I will not be buying them again.

    Thanks all!
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