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Can I give a marrow bone to a relatively small dog ?

My neighbor gave me a marrow bone and I wonder whether it is safe to give it to my 3 year old Shi-Tsu girl. I know that chicken bones are tabu but am not sure about marrow bones.
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Re: Can I give a marrow bone to a relatively small dog ?

Give them to me!

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Re: Can I give a marrow bone to a relatively small dog ?

Yes, we always got the old ones from the butcher for the dogs.....

Keep in mind they leave big stains after being slobbered upon.....
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Re: Can I give a marrow bone to a relatively small dog ?

I'm not a familiar with the terminology "marrow bone" but we avoid giving our dog any kind of bones at all; in our SKN course we heard that bones can sometimes chip and puncture stomach linings and such. I guess it's rare, as none of my dogs stateside ever had a problem, but with so many other treats available, we figured why take the risk?
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Re: Can I give a marrow bone to a relatively small dog ?

Our vet told us that dogs used to eat processed food (either dry dog food or the wet kind) lose the ability to digest bones and marrow bones.

So in addition to the risk of intestinal puncture, what you're likely to encounter is a serious case of diarrhea while your mutt is trying to digest it...
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Old 02.12.2015, 07:59
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Re: Can I give a marrow bone to a relatively small dog ?

If the bone is cooked, then no. Cooked bones can splinter and do damage to the dog's insides.

Marrow is very high fat. In larger amounts or in a dog with digestive sensitivities this can cause problems. And certainly never give marrow to a dog with a history of pancreatic problems.

Here is a good article on what is healthy, what is risky, from Pet MD, generally a reliable source. Note that they reference the FDA warning:

http://www.petmd.com/blogs/fullyvett...dog_bones-7313

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I do not feed the Muttley Crew recreational bones, as I have often had a resource guarder in the pack. Bones - or anything chewed slowly and savored - can be a trigger for behavior I work hard to correct.

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Many people feed raw meaty bones as part of the BARF diet, and many dogs thrive on this diet. If you are interested in this route, please do your research thoroughly.

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And it goes without saying: Always supervise your dog when bones or any treat are given.
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Re: Can I give a marrow bone to a relatively small dog ?

Apart from the good advice above, my rule of thumb has always been big animal bones (cow and ox - and recently ostrich*) are ok, and anything smaller (lamb, pig, poultry), not - due to risk of splintering.

However, I would have thought that most 'acceptable' bones, were possibly too big for a Shi Tsu to comfortably manage, anyway.

*my vet has a whole stand just for ostrich bones in his practice.
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I'm not a familiar with the terminology "marrow bone" but we avoid giving our dog any kind of bones at all; in our SKN course we heard that bones can sometimes chip and puncture stomach linings and such. I guess it's rare, as none of my dogs stateside ever had a problem, but with so many other treats available, we figured why take the risk?
This. ^^

I used to manage a large specialist veterinary hospital. The ER there would see about two cases per day of dogs with punctured stomachs or intestines, caused by eating cooked or fresh bones. The surgical specialists at the hospital all recommended never feeding bones of any kind.

meloncollie's comment re. behavioural issues is just another reason not to feed bones to your dog.

And finally, although a shi-tsu could at best most probably only lick marrow bones (due to the tiny jaw size), there's always the risk that she'll splinter off a corner. Just not worth the risk.
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Re: Can I give a marrow bone to a relatively small dog ?

Thank you all for your quick and valuable feedback. So no bones for little Pepsie. She loves to chew and will eat anything, apart from dry dog food also carrots, apples, melon, chews on my shoes and socks if I can't prevent her in time and once I when I became suspicious I was even able to extract - with great difficulty since she objected - a nail out of her mouth that a worker had dropped.
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Re: Can I give a marrow bone to a relatively small dog ?

I tend to give my dogs the 'artificial' bones made from dried animal skins, and other such chewy sticks, that you can find in Landi and stores and pet shops.
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So no bones for little Pepsie.
Good choice.

You might also consider a stuffed kong for a long lasting treat.

Just take a kong, (appropriately sized), fill with the stuffing of your choice. A quick and easy version is to fill with the dogs' Terra Canis meat and pop in the freezer a short time until almost soft-frozen. But there are endless possibilities for fillings. Takes the dog some time to work out the filling, fulfills the chew instinct.

(But again, as with all chew toys, treats, etc - under supervision.)
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my 3 year old Shi-Tsu girl.
I went to a zoo once. it wasn't very good....

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