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What are the best non splintering dog bones?

Caroline CaudleCaroline Caudle BirminghamPosts: 104Member
My pups love to chew on these bone sticks I found at a local pet store. They are a bit pricey at 2.60 a bone and are only about 4 inches long maybe half an inch thick. They go through a bone each about every 3 days, so I wouldn't mind buying in bulk. I do not want them to have anything that can splinter, Any suggestions?

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    Do not feed rawhide if you do. Go to and they have alot of bones.
  • metta hansenmetta hansen borrego springs S. Diego deserPosts: 42Member
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    Ham bones. I don't know what you call the big round ones, kinda like knucklebones. The dog can dig out the remaining meat, and I've never seen a dog splinter that kind of bone, but never say never. I got them free at the butcher's. Now, they charge, but I think not much.
  • Evelyn CummingsEvelyn Cummings Posts: 11,879Member
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    Ham bones are not recommended due to the salt and nitrates used in processing the pork to make ham. A better idea is marrow bones, you can have them cut to a length you prefer. For smaller dogs I use 2 inches so they can reach the marrow inside. When that is gone you can stuff them with peanut butter or cream cheese or whatever you prefer. Mine last for months and months without ever splintering. The large knuckle bones have too much cartilage and meat on them for my dogs... they get diarrhea from those, and will sometimes separate pieces of the joint into dangerous sized pieces. Do Not Buy cooked or baked bones... these will splinter and cause problems.
  • Richard AtchesonRichard Atcheson Northern USAPosts: 3,570Member
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    The safest thing is no natural bones or treats. The highly experienced professionals at the dog guide school I volunteer for forbid giving their dogs any. The pet stores are full of toys that many dogs will quickly chew up into pieces they could choke on or cause intestinal blockages. If you are not there to watch, stick to sturdy stuff such as Nylabones and Kongs. Keep a close eye on chew toys and quickly discard anything that is coming apart in pieces. Rawhide is especially bad because it swells after being swallowed. I don't trust any of the consumable chews. The dogs just gnaw them down to a dangerous size too quickly. These problems are the worst with, but not limited to, large, aggressive chewers such as Labs. Many dogs aren't interested in a slick, new Nylabone. I think they are putting the nubby texture on more of them now. I think it is part of the reason so many dogs like the hard to find dinosaur ones. The ultimate is the Souper Size Galileo Nylabone. It is about 7 inches long and 3 inches around. It has the slick surface. They are more attractive if you rough up the surface with sand paper or by rubbing it on a concrete floor. Another technique is to jam a Nylabone into a Kong creating what I call a twofer. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Tiffany CarsonTiffany Carson St. MarysPosts: 15,800Member
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    Raw chicken bones are excellent. They do not splinter (unless cooked), and provide dental care as well. You do need to pick bones with meat on them, as the meat acts as a cushion. Aster: I don't know much about this as yet unnamed guide dog school you keep talking about, but ever thought that maybe they don't allow natural bones because they don't want someone who doesn't know what they are doing to feed them? At any rate, I'll go by personal experience and the experience of those who also feed raw meaty bones before I take the word of some unnamed school. Especially since you haven't given me any tangible sources yet.
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