Yes, I DO give my dogs bones - tho as previously stated, NO cooked chicken or pork bones, they can splinter and cause problems. I BARF fed my pack for a while - and they got lots of bones then - including raw chicken, and pork - and beef. Now if I find "Marrow bones" (which isn't very often) I get a few packages - as treats for them - they last a long time and give them lots of chewing! Our Safeway does occasionally have beef ribs in large packages for 99 cents/lb and I usually buy a couple of big packages of those. Since I have ten dogs (plus my daughter's beagle) I have to buy LARGE packages of whatever I decide to give them. If I could find a less expensive supplier, I'd probably still "BARF" feed them, but it's just too expensive and time consuming for my pack now but they still get bones as treats at times.
I've never given mine ham bones - mainly because I don't usually have TEN hams on hand - my "ham bones" usually are used to make big pots of split pea or bean soup, if I only had one dog, it would probably get a ham bone. There is so much controversy about bones, but I've always given my dogs bones (except for cooked chicken or pork). They do get raw chicken necks, backs, wings, as well as raw pork necks (which they all love). I'd love to be able to B.A.R.F. feed them again - but they have to settle for occasional treats.
For those of you who haven't heard of "BARF" - it's "Bones and Appropriate Raw Foods" - and IF I could find a reasonable supplier of the "ingredients", I'd probably still do it - even with my pack. They all did well on a combination of BARF, good quality kibble, and home cooked - but I had fewer dogs then. It is time consuming - and without a good supplier of bones, it is just too expensive. Here I have to pay at least 89 cents a pound for CHICKEN NECKS or BACKS - plus some of the other ingredients (like eggs), and veggies are extremely expensive here in WA. Eggs now are over $3.00/dozen!
We've done ham bones before, but Cassie does not digest them well and boy did she stink up the house. LOL
We give them ribs on occasion. I will let the labs gnaw them for a while and then take them out of their mouths when they get all the meat off. Duke has never had one before because we haven't had them in a while, but since we are having them for dinner tonight, we plan to try one with him. I have no doubt he'll love it.
The only time our beags get a ham bone is if it has been
pressure cooked! Pork bones & rib bones can be very hazardous to
dogs like chicken bones after age 5! Beef rib bones are too tough
for a beag sized to crack...but they can also chip a tooth like
Goober did & he had to have that molar removed!EEK! Homer-the-Huge can break-up beef bones but I choose not to take any more
chances with him as well! Our beags only get deer & elk bones,
but no rib bones from them after age 5 as they can not digest the
sharp fibers that rib bones present as if they tried to eat porcupine quills!!!
Well, Duke didn't do so well with his very first rib bone. Like I said, I take them away after the meat is gnawed off. Duke didn't like that idea and growled at me! So, we had to teach him who was dominant by taking it away and giving it back several times until he learned to behave himself. The final time, he started growling again, so I took it away for good. He did get a few minutes with it, but not as much time as he wanted. LOL