I generally use turkey and chicken backs/necks as well as longer portions of cow tails. Beef and pork neck bones are fairly convoluted so they work well also.May i know what bones are you feeding your dog? which part? some bones are too hard. Thanks.
I am asking what kind of bone, too.... I have used chicken necks and backs before - but, at the pet store. I'd prefer to buy from a butcher - more natural and I just feel better about it - but the local one usually just wants to give me a carcass. I prefer they cut it up and just give me what I need/want. But, will they do that? I don't think they are interested. Should I offer to pay more? How do you get yours?I have a suggestion. Let your dog work on an appropriate raw bone and you'll never need to have your dog put under or spend $700.
You should try living in Canada.... it's way more at some vet's. It is probably a lot because of where you are?Anyone has any good recommendation for vet in the east. Recently my dog did a normal de-scaling at Animal Practice Vet Clinic, 1015 Upper Serangoon Road, i got charged for almost $700. Ridiculous.
I think the chicken necks and backs are the ones most recommended, especially for smaller dogs.May i know what bones are you feeding your dog? which part? some bones are too hard. Thanks.
Is a cow tail appropriate for a smaller dog? What if your dog isn't an avid chewer? Well, mine is....but, when treats are involved (for e.g., liver treats), she just wants to gobble them down. But, when I take her to my friend's place who has a dog....and a lot of toys...she will grab certain toys and really chew them apart. I think some of them are kongs, tennis balls and 'dolls' - I prefer she take the kongs so I usually take the other ones away when she looks like she's gonnna tear them apart.I generally use turkey and chicken backs/necks as well as longer portions of cow tails. Beef and pork neck bones are fairly convoluted so they work well also.
One needs to discover how aggressive and thorough a chewer their dog is and proceed accordingly. Chewing, crunching and grinding the bones is preferred rather than the dog swallowing large pieces without crunching and grinding them first.
Two basics are ; always raw and for edible bones intended to be crunched and ingested by the dog, make sure they are not weight bearing bones such as femur bones.
My dog ( GSD ) easily can eat chicken quarters and swallows fairly large pieces after she crunches and breaks the bones so the dental benefit is not as pronounced as given her a 12-18 inch section of meaty cow's tail which she really has to work on as she tears and grinds much more than poultry bones.
As you are currently doing, I would research the topic in depth and monitor your dog if you decide to allow your dog appropriate raw bones. I think you will be impressed at the dental benefit.