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Old 07-09-2011, 03:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Vomiting after raw bone. What next?

I bought all three of our girls frozen raw bones for cleaning their teeth. Rylee got a lamb femur and chewed on it for awhile. She ate her kibble for dinner like normal, but then this morning she started throwing up bile. My husband said she threw up what appeared to be part of the raw bone, too. We gave her some Pepto Bismol and skipped her breakfast, and she's doing fine, not lethargic or anything. So my question is, I know it's pretty normal for them to have digestive upset after eating raw for the first time, but what do you do after that happens? Give her the bone for a shorter period of time next time?

Also, is there a particular type of bone that's best for cleaning teeth? I had no idea what to choose.

Oh, and how often do you give the raw bone to maintain clean teeth?

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Old 07-09-2011, 04:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I give a whole, raw Turkey Neck once a week, as a meal. Keeps teeth sparkling clean. However, my boy has been eating raw for nearly 2 years, so he can handle most things without digestive upset.
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I prefer a slab of ribs to a femur for teeth cleaning. With ribs, it's not only the bone that helps keep the teeth clean, but the ripping and the tearing at the meat that kind of acts like dental floss.
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First off, dont give weight bearing bones as they are bad to splinter and are so hard your dog can break a tooth trying to eat them. I also like rib bones, pork better than beef cause they are not as hard. Pork neckbones are good too. It is perfectly normal for a dog to throw up the bone pieces they cant digest later that night or the next morning. I try not to let them eat the bones again. I give Parker a bone ever week or two.
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Lamb femurs are way too small to be recreational bones for Doberman sized dogs! If you want a bone just for chewing for a while, try a whole steer femur. A dog should not be able to crunch up and demolish a recreational bone.

I don't do domestic pork (so no pork necks for Rachael), but I do do imported pork ribs and halved lamb necks for project meals that clean teeth, also lamb shoulder if I can find it reasonably. Rabbit halves are good, if your dog likes rabbit. Large pieces of tripe are reputed to be great for cleaning teeth... big, rubbery chunks that have to be chewed and chewed... my dog is an idiot, and would try to suck something like this down whole and kill herself, so I don't feed it.
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One of my dogs broke a canine tooth on a beef femur.
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Does a dog need a recreational bone to get teeth cleaning value vs making a meal out of a chicken quarter or something along those lines?
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When I first started feeding raw we had some puking of bone fragments. Kyrah will puke bile when her tummy is too empty. Now it depends on what type of bone I feed. IMO when they puke a piece of bone it is a piece they cannot digest or havent digested. If I give pork neck bone or pig feet I usually have a small pile of puke in one spot or another. I assume its Kyrah but have seen Cujo do it. Tippy rarely does. I just clean it up. I do not skip anyones meals or give any medication. I think its just part of raw feeding and depends on each dog individually.
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Thanks for the help. I knew I should've asked first. :-P Fortunately, Rylee isn't a gulper, and she actually chews rather gently (I guess you could say), so we shouldn't have too hard of a time finding somethng for her now.

Can someone tell me how these turkey necks clean teeth? I've always heard that, but the necks seem just mushy, so how do they do it? The natural pet food store I bought the raw bones at does carry those, so I think I will try them next time!

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Does a dog need a recreational bone to get teeth cleaning value vs making a meal out of a chicken quarter or something along those lines?
Sorry for not answering sooner and maybe you will see this. Chicken leg quarter, especially with the back, are fine for cleaning teeth. You shouldn't have to give any other bones unless you just want to give him something to spend time on.

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Thanks for the help. I knew I should've asked first. :-P Fortunately, Rylee isn't a gulper, and she actually chews rather gently (I guess you could say), so we shouldn't have too hard of a time finding somethng for her now.

Can someone tell me how these turkey necks clean teeth? I've always heard that, but the necks seem just mushy, so how do they do it? The natural pet food store I bought the raw bones at does carry those, so I think I will try them next time!

Thanks again, all! Much appreciated.
There are some very hard bones under that mushy turkey flesh. You will see and hear when you dog starts eating it.
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