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Old 09-22-2009, 11:31 PM   #21
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No animal bones for my three dogs...especially after the emergency vet hospital visit for the Border Collie after a part of a rib bone got stuck crosswise in his throat! No rawhide chews as all three dogs have trouble digesting them. Only Nylabones now, and once the ends get well chewed up, they go into the trash too.

Several years ago, before the rib bone incident, I went online looking for a cheap source of rawhide chews and placed an order. Shortly afterward, I got a reply saying they were out of this particular chew, but would I accept a substitute. I agreed. A few days later, I found a heavy, soggy, grease stained box on my front porch. I opened it and nearly gagged -- inside were the leg bones with knee joint attached from a recently departed cow!!
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Oohh, GROSS!

One other caution--my dogs eat sticks--crazy border collies, and I've had at least a half dozen occasions where a small piece of a stick has gotten wedged across the roof of their mouths.

If your dog seems ever to be drooling, tentative about eating, or the tell-tale one, pawing at their mouths, then take a look and feel up there. One of ours had to be put under to get the really small one that had embedded in his mouth right behind his teeth. He was so stoic that we never even knew it.
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The other thing about big bones (that she can't swallow whole) is that she'll quickly slink off and bury it in the yard, and then the grungy thing reappears periodically over the year as she digs it out, messes with it a bit, and then re-buries it in a new secret spot. I give her a treat called a "marrow bone", which for her is to-die-for. It's pretty high calorie so once a week is about it.
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