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Raw Meaty Bone - For dummies?

Hey guys,

Decided to try out a RMB finally with Tali! She...well, excuse the language but [email protected]#$ing loves it. She's 7 months old.

Pretty sure it's a beef knuckle - Can't go wrong with it only costing $4 either!

Anyway, trying to figure out how long I should give it to her for, and how much meal compensating should be taken from her kibble? Also, when I take it away - Should I freeze it? Or fridge it? How long are they "good" for?

She's been working at it for 20 minutes, and there is barely a dent!







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Hey guys,

Decided to try out a RMB finally with Tali! She...well, excuse the language but [email protected]#$ing loves it. She's 7 months old.

Pretty sure it's a beef knuckle - Can't go wrong with it only costing $4 either!

Anyway, trying to figure out how long I should give it to her for, and how much meal compensating should be taken from her kibble? Also, when I take it away - Should I freeze it? Or fridge it? How long are they "good" for?

She's been working at it for 20 minutes, and there is barely a dent!








A couple days late, but here's my thought...

I give my dog an hour on any RMB then I remove what's left and toss it. I've never given any beef bones though just due to never really coming across any. He has however destroyed many pork shoulder bones and shoulder blades. My understanding is pork bones are less dense and therefore easier for a dog to consume, so you might want to be a little more vigilant with a beef bone.

I also store them frozen along with all of his meat.

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Beef knuckles are good. I will give them (refrigerating in between) till I don't like the look of the bone anymore.

If your dog is new to rmb's hard to say some with iffy tummies can get cannon butt very easily. Those used to raw might not get loosey goosey so easily ... No exact science here...

Anything classed as weight bearing is a nono IMHO. Again if you know your dog and you're comfortable with it, give'er


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I never give knuckle bones these days - I used to when I fed kibble and didn't know any better. That's where broken teeth come from - weight-bearing bones.

I feed necks of emu, turkeys, ducks, sheep and pork - more meat, less fat and less chance of broken teeth.

I also feed chicken backs, chicken necks ground, duck wings, emu backs, emu ribs, pork spare ribs, whole sardines, lamb breast, lamb ribs, lamb backs, chickens cut into basic portions (breast with bone and wing, leg quarter, backs, etc), turkeys cit into portions.

Anyway, Raw Meaty Bones are intended to be wholly consumed and that isn't what a beef knuckle is for - it is recreational chewing and if you have a heavy chewer, I would re-think it. If your dog is more deliberate and gentle in their approach, then it will be ok. It is the heavy chewers that can break teeth or choke - one reason I always have food in a size too big to swallow or too small to choke on. Makes them either work at it and chew it up or gulp it down and that's good provided it is small enough not to get stuck - turkey necks need watching and management since they are chokers - chicken necks are a joke and go down without any thought from the dog (unless they have been taught to chew them).


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I have found the knuckle itself is consumable. Sometimes there is a section attached that is classed as weight bearing. It depends on the butcher I have found. I also supervise all chewing and if it gets too intense, we trade up and the bone is removed. I've found he'd rather chew the knuckle portion as it is breaks apart (with work).

As with anything supervision is key.

Pork rib, or neck, beef necks, lamb necks or ribs the occasional beef tail. Turkey necks occasionally, found out the hard (or loosey goosey) way not to feed Tank duck.


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With a raw beef knuckle, I keep them frozen, and stick them back in the freezer after chewing time. You'll have to experiment and see how long your dog can tolerate chewing. It kind of depends on how aggressive they are and so how much of it they consume. I've found Richter can really only chew his knuckle bone for about 30 minutes or he eats too much of it and can get an upset stomach. Shanoa is less of an aggressive chewer so she can chew one for an hour or so. I just keep throwing them back in the freezer until they are too small to give them anymore.

The knuckle bones are softer than the marrow bones (femurs), so I prefer those as they are less of a risk for broken teeth. However, there is *always* a risk, as there is for pretty much anything your dog is going to chew on, so be aware of that.

If your dog chews for too long they may get constipated. If you don't normally feed raw you will see that stools following the bone are drier and whiter. That's normal and no need to worry.


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