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 Post subject: No bones for Tempo?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:45 am 
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I was looking at picking up a little bone as a treat for Tempo and Koka when I was out getting groceries last night - but I found that nearly all of them say not to give to puppies under 1 year of age.

Why is that?

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 Post subject: Re: No bones for Tempo?
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Bumping - I'd really like to find out. :dk

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 Post subject: Re: No bones for Tempo?
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Tara, I am sure someone else will answer but I believe its because puppies are teething and will chew much more than an adult dog, and with rawhide can cause choking and intestinal blockages(some dogs are fine if they chew them up enough) My cocker Zoey eats rawhide just fine, but I have caught my sisters frenchie choking on pork skin rolls and It was a scary sight! Also her old boxer would be horribly sick with vomiting from rawhides. I would recommend the nylabones and hard rubber toys for now. If you do give real bones or chews it should be supervised to reduce the risk of swallowing large pieces.

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 Post subject: Re: No bones for Tempo?
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Per my vet, rawhides are a NO NO here. I will give bullsticks. I think in the case of a pup, a nylabone might be the ticket. You could even keep it in the freezer for soothing.

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 Post subject: Re: No bones for Tempo?
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I've given dogs BIG carrots* to chew on- the bigger and narly-er the better! You can put them in the fridge to get cold for teething pups, and you'll still want to watch and take away when they get too small, but that takes a while!

(*not the little, pre-peeled ones, those scare me- I knew someone who lost their 4 yr old daughter to choking on one.)

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I used to buy the nylon bones in all kind of colors and flavorsmfor Holly, she will devour them. After awhile i realized the bones were given her diarrhea, so no more bones. As an adult she was such a desperate eater than she scared me several times shoving the bones and almost choking so since there are no bones not even greenies which she can swallow in one chew.

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Holly would eat the "nylon" bones?
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I used to buy the nylon bones in all kind of colors and flavorsmfor Holly, she will devour them. After awhile i realized the bones were given her diarrhea, so no more bones. As an adult she was such a desperate eater than she scared me several times shoving the bones and almost choking so since there are no bones not even greenies which she can swallow in one chew.

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When my Black Orpheus was a puppy I would boil him these big soup bones which my mother would buy for me. Black Orpheus loved these bones as a puppy but often would get in the bed with the bone and drop it on your neck while you were asleep. One time he stood over me in the darkness and dropped the bone on my right eye. I just knew that Black Orpheus had blinded me. I was okay though but all I could think of was the bones cracking around my eye socket...lol. I can see why Black male cockers are the hardest to find homes for. They're some nasty little devils...lol.


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 Post subject: Re: No bones for Tempo?
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I have given my puppies frozen washcloths to chew on. Unless they start becoming frayed, they should be okay. :th-up

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Sozin has a 36" bully stick. I won't give him the smaller ones anymore because he is a giant pig and swallowed and fortunately threw up 4" of one! It was pretty pricey, but it has lasted him a good long time. I let him chew for a while, then put it back in the closet. When it gets in the 8" range, one of my more responsible and less pig-ish dogs will get it and I'll buy him another big one. He also loves nylabones, but does a pretty good job on those too, so I have to watch them carefully and throw them away when they look like they're getting sharp edges. He also has a few "used" raw bones that he has stolen from my neighbor's much larger dog. I don't like the raw bones b/c my dogs won't stay outside to eat them and I don't want raw bone goop on my furniture. But... after they've been cleaned out by another dog they aren't so bad, and they're big enough he can't really do much chewing on them, mostly he just carries them around and drops them to make noise!


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I just give them raw chicken necks or wings. I keep hold of them till they have finished them. It also helps them get use to the idea that I'm in charge of food.


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Tara G. wrote:
I was looking at picking up a little bone as a treat for Tempo and Koka when I was out getting groceries last night - but I found that nearly all of them say not to give to puppies under 1 year of age.

Why is that?



This is what I give to my 10wks old puppy: Ol'Roy dog treat munchy bone mini's. I cut it in a half and give her one a day. I use a Stuff-a-ball Kong to attach it. I attach the treat in the smallest hole. She chews it and eat it. She loves it.

Before using the KONG I started giving the treat with my own hands so she can learn it needed to be chewed and not swallowed. I received painful bites, but worth it.
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 Post subject: Re: No bones for Tempo?
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Tara G. wrote:
I was looking at picking up a little bone as a treat for Tempo and Koka when I was out getting groceries last night - but I found that nearly all of them say not to give to puppies under 1 year of age.

Why is that?


What kind of bone was it? A dry bone, a raw bone, what animal bone and part, bet it was a processed bone from a pet store. Find raw chicken wings.


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 Post subject: Re: No bones for Tempo?
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I don't have a puppy, but I DO know to not give rawhide. Sunny is 9 yrs old, and gets into a frenzy whenever there is a bone or any food.
He does not like nylabones, antlers.
I don't give him pigs ears either, and he chokes on carrots.

I buy Bully Sticks from Best Bully Sticks only. The others make him sick. I actually buy the thinner ones because he gets himself into such a state trying to devour all of the big ones.

I also order refrigerated raw bones--they're huge--from Pet Food Direct. They come in a special container.
I have to confine him to a room on a huge blanket to save the floors.
I do not give him anything to chew if I am not at home, and he is 9 yrs old.
He will do the Kong thing which lasts all of 5-10 minutes.

I think it's just trial and error to find what works best.

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 Post subject: Re: No bones for Tempo?
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I'm sure that my house and shoes survived puppyhood only because of Bully Sticks. I still buy them in packs of 50, and Gromit still loves them (she's 4 now). For a special treat, I will also occasionally buy some cut marrow bones for soup. I keep them in the freezer, and give her one raw but still frozen. It will keep her busy for hours, working to get all the marrow out. The only downside is that the bottom of her ears get really sticky from getting in contact with a drooled on bone! So I try to give her the marrow bone either when she's due for a bath the next day, or if she's going swimming.

But my first vote is definitely Bully Sticks!

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