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Old 04-21-2010, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- Many people believe it's OK for dogs to chew on bones but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the practice can cause serious injury.

"Some people think it's safe to give dogs large bones, like those from a ham or a roast," said Dr. Carmela Stamper in the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine. "Bones are unsafe no matter what their size."

FDA: Don't give your dog bones of any size - UPI.com
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:09 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Not the case for raw fed dogs! Bones are a very important part of raw diets and dogs need them to survive. For those considering the raw diet, read the FAQs regarding raw bones here:

Raw Feeding FAQ
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:19 PM
 
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Huh. Well, I have given my dogs uncooked raw bones (usually frozen) for years and years without any of the problems mentioned in the article. I size the bone (s) appropriately according to size of dog and generally none have "holes" in the center too, so maybe that's different. I don't think I'll stop feeding them bones, they love them, they're cheap, last a good long while. I have always heard that it's the cooked bones that cause most of the problems.
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Huh. Well, I have given my dogs uncooked raw bones (usually frozen) for years and years without any of the problems mentioned in the article. I size the bone (s) appropriately according to size of dog and generally none have "holes" in the center too, so maybe that's different. I don't think I'll stop feeding them bones, they love them, they're cheap, last a good long while. I have always heard that it's the cooked bones that cause most of the problems.
Uncooked bones are safe for dogs. You are 100% correct. It is only the cooked bones that should not be given to dogs because they have a tendency to splinter.

MAK82 is also 100% correct. Bones (uncooked of course) are one of the primary sources of calcium for dogs.
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Old 04-24-2010, 06:19 AM
 
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Wow. Just wow.
Next "they'll" be saying that cats can't eat mice -- never, ever.

The more people becoming educated about garbage pet "food", the lower the "powers that be" will have to sink to continue to look out for each others' "interests."

The FDA is a worthless crock anyways.
People would be amazed at all the things they have not/are NOT alerting consumers to.
Some are here on Susan Thixton's site -- she's been keeping tabs on the FDA alert "delays" some years now so feel free to go through her archives or do a search: TruthaboutPetFood.com

As usual the worthless Mediots do absolutely NO research whatsoever before putting these lies out there. (I sometimes wish these "news" threads would disappear off here altogether, kinda overkill, but I digress....)

You know what's really sad? People who grew up associating "dog" with "bone" since before they could even talk as toddlers (I remember the colored cards we'd have to match up, the Sesame Street Days!!....) will actually read that and believe it!
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Old 04-24-2010, 07:34 AM
 
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Hmmm, i get my dog Elk antlers and she loves them....what the word on them??
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:59 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Wow. Just wow.
Next "they'll" be saying that cats can't eat mice -- never, ever.

The more people becoming educated about garbage pet "food", the lower the "powers that be" will have to sink to continue to look out for each others' "interests."

The FDA is a worthless crock anyways.
People would be amazed at all the things they have not/are NOT alerting consumers to.
Some are here on Susan Thixton's site -- she's been keeping tabs on the FDA alert "delays" some years now so feel free to go through her archives or do a search: TruthaboutPetFood.com

As usual the worthless Mediots do absolutely NO research whatsoever before putting these lies out there. (I sometimes wish these "news" threads would disappear off here altogether, kinda overkill, but I digress....)

You know what's really sad? People who grew up associating "dog" with "bone" since before they could even talk as toddlers (I remember the colored cards we'd have to match up, the Sesame Street Days!!....) will actually read that and believe it!
Well said. You do realize who benefits from the sale of dog pellets aka dry food, right? No surprise the FDA is trying to use scare tactics with bones, which are a huge part of the raw diet.

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Hmmm, i get my dog Elk antlers and she loves them....what the word on them??
Elk antlers are wonderful! My dog gets them all the time. Good for their teeth and keep them busy for a long time!
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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Where do you get the antlers? I'd like to try them with my dogs.
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Old 04-24-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Where do you get the antlers? I'd like to try them with my dogs.
The best place for antlers....and bully sticks in general is Bully Sticks - All Natural Dog Treats - Best Bully Stick. I order all of PC's treats from here. Their antlers aren't chemically treated like many others. The bully sticks are always fresh. PC's favorite treats here are the kangaroo and emu sausages and stingray tails, which are just as good as antlers. Try some stuff and you'll never go back to other treats!
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:04 PM
 
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The best place for antlers....and bully sticks in general is Bully Sticks - All Natural Dog Treats - Best Bully Stick. I order all of PC's treats from here. Their antlers aren't chemically treated like many others. The bully sticks are always fresh. PC's favorite treats here are the kangaroo and emu sausages and stingray tails, which are just as good as antlers. Try some stuff and you'll never go back to other treats!


I'll have to try those bullysticks. As for the Elk antlers i get them from a pet boutique by my job in Roswell,GA Pet Gifts and Toys - Top Dogs and Cool Critters
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