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Old 02-28-2016, 12:14 AM
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Bone advice for teeth cleaning

Hello all, first post here so be nice

We feed our pup a raw food diet and have been giving him bones as a supplement to his usual diet, primarily for teeth cleaning (he has a bad underbite).

We have given him two types of bone so far, femurs and knuckles.

I read knuckles are good for teeth cleaning so recently moved to them.

The problem we are facing is our pup usually loses interest in the bone pretty damn quickly! He will perhaps lick and chew at the meaty part of the bone for an hour or two tops (over a few sittings) but as soon as the meat is off the bone, he ignores it completely, even though it's still covered in juicy fat. He doesn't get his teeth stuck into it like we want him to (to grind away at any plaque on his teeth), he rather just licks and chews the meaty portion until it's gone. It's odd because he absolutely loves his chew sticks and can gnaw on them for weeks.

Is this normal? I was under the impression dogs basically licked a bone raw (and even ate the bone if they were allowed). Is this doing much in terms of cleaning his teeth? Is there anything else we can give him for his teeth or any types of bone that are meatier than others? We're not a big fan of teeth cleaning and since we feed a raw diet it would be nice for him to be able to self maintain his teeth.

We can't keep spending money on bones he gives up on after a couple of sittings (these are huge bones for him too)
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It's my understanding that weight bearing bones, like femurs and knuckle bones, are not all that good to feed since dogs can crack teeth on them.

If you are looking for bones to help with teeth stick with ones like turkey neck bones.

Here's a recent thread on which RMBs to feed https://www.dogforum.com/dog-food/the...umable-269514/
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Those bones can crack teeth, I'd be very careful with them. And large pieces of meaty bones are good, something he has to chew. Turkey and duck necks, turkey, duck and chicken carcasses, mostly the back sections. I like getting whole birds and cutting them up into portions for each dog. Pork ribs, really all bone in pork. A slab of beef rib bones is good for the front teeth, though my dogs have never been able to eat the whole bone, they love scraping all the meat off and nibbling on the ends. It's not something I do often, but it's a nice treat.
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I am assuming you are feeding a commercial pre made food? As far as bones go, you want to feed edible digestable bones, like turkey necks, chicken drumsticks, or pork ribs.

Feeding any weight bearing bones from large animals like cows, including knuckle bones and femurs are really bad about breaking and cracking teeth. Those need to be avoided.
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Yes we are feeding a commercially made raw food diet, which hopefully means he doesn't get much plaque build up anyway.

I do keep reading of the risks of the weight bearing bones, which makes me wonder why they sell them at pet food stores if they're so dangerous. We were actually advised those bones were great by the owner of the store, hence we use them. George doesn't tend to bite down hard on the bones so I'm not too concerned with teeth cracking, he usually just chews the meat on it.

Maybe I'll look for some ribs or necks going forward.
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Yes we are feeding a commercially made raw food diet, which hopefully means he doesn't get much plaque build up anyway.

I do keep reading of the risks of the weight bearing bones, which makes me wonder why they sell them at pet food stores if they're so dangerous. We were actually advised those bones were great by the owner of the store, hence we use them. George doesn't tend to bite down hard on the bones so I'm not too concerned with teeth cracking, he usually just chews the meat on it.

Maybe I'll look for some ribs or necks going forward.

Most of the bones you find at pet food stores are bad since not only are they the weight bearing bones, but they are also cooked. ALL cooked bones should be avoided, it does not matter how they were cooked.
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Yes we are feeding a commercially made raw food diet, which hopefully means he doesn't get much plaque build up anyway.

I do keep reading of the risks of the weight bearing bones, which makes me wonder why they sell them at pet food stores if they're so dangerous. We were actually advised those bones were great by the owner of the store, hence we use them. George doesn't tend to bite down hard on the bones so I'm not too concerned with teeth cracking, he usually just chews the meat on it.

Maybe I'll look for some ribs or necks going forward.
You will need to feed whole bones for teeth cleaning. Commercial is just ground, and won't clean the teeth.
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Yes we are feeding a commercially made raw food diet, which hopefully means he doesn't get much plaque build up anyway.

I do keep reading of the risks of the weight bearing bones, which makes me wonder why they sell them at pet food stores if they're so dangerous. We were actually advised those bones were great by the owner of the store, hence we use them. George doesn't tend to bite down hard on the bones so I'm not too concerned with teeth cracking, he usually just chews the meat on it.

Maybe I'll look for some ribs or necks going forward.
He will still get build up on his teeth from commercial raw. The teeth cleaning benefits come from crunching whole bones.
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Sorry I'm not sure if I was so clear. The raw food we feed isn't for cleaning his teeth, but I know a raw food diet in general doesn't result in much plaque build up as there is no starchy kibble in his diet. It just meat, ground bones, vegetables, tripe etc., which doesn't tend to stick to teeth like kibble does.. So hopefully he won't get much plaque build up in general.

The bones are not cooked bones, the store is a raw food specialist store and sells a huge variety of frozen raw bones. I just never know what to pick and the owner suggested the weight bearing bones, which is surprising if there is such a risk to the dogs teeth in terms of cracking.
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Sorry I'm not sure if I was so clear. The raw food we feed isn't for cleaning his teeth, but I know a raw food diet in general doesn't result in much plaque build up as there is no starchy kibble in his diet. It just meat, ground bones, vegetables, tripe etc., which doesn't tend to stick to teeth like kibble does.. So hopefully he won't get much plaque build up in general.

The bones are not cooked bones, the store is a raw food specialist store and sells a huge variety of frozen raw bones. I just never know what to pick and the owner suggested the weight bearing bones, which is surprising if there is such a risk to the dogs teeth in terms of cracking.
A good balanced raw food diet does not result in much plaque, but a raw diet must include RMB (raw meaty bones). The crunching of bones is what cleans teeth, not the meat/raw aspect. If I fed my dog just raw chicken breast, he probably would have teeth a little better than a kibble-fed dog, but no where near as clean as a dog that gets bones.
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