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Someone told me that I am letting Maggie have bones to chew on too often and that it will wear her teeth down. She is such a chewer that if its not bone it will be something else. How often do you give your beagles a bone and has anyone found this damaging to teeth?
 

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Hmmmm, I've never heard of wearing their teeth down. How ofen does she get a bone and what kind of bone is it? I would say that if she is happy and healthy and staying out of trouble, then it should be fine.
 

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I would not worry about that. Bones keep the teeth clean and free of tartar. It also give them the calcium they need, and hours of entertainment. Just remember no COOKED chicken or game bones and definitely no pork bones cooked or raw. The best bones are the knukle (spelling???!) bones. Dogs love shewing on the cartilage!

All my dogs have one raw chicken back once a week, and a beef bone once in a while...
 

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She has a knuckle bone right now and seems to love it. She has carried it everywhere with her this evening. Thanks for the advice and suggestions.
 

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you are correct. now it does depend on what type of bone it is though. like a stew bone? yes it will. rawhide? some say so. but theres bones made for such hard chewers. they are like a hard rubberish texture. go to your local pet store and look around. teeth are teeth. doesnt matter what type of body they are in. teeth do wear down after a while. the denta-bone is pretty good for them.the stringy pull toys are good too. helps keep their teeth clean. bones in general do that, but just be careful on what you do give them.
 

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I've never heard of bones wearing the teeth down, but I guess it is possible. Lucky gets bones all the time. He has the same rawhides from forever ago that he chews on from time to time.
 

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I have heard of some synthetic bones made out of some type of fiber do cause the teeth to wear down. Look at the ingred. if you are using a syn. bone.
 

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We give them boiled beef bones once a week, and they chew it almost unceasingly /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

The vet told me they clean their teeth /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 

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We had a dog that loved to chew on everything & anything. As long as it didn't scare her. (Imagine a 100 lb dog terrified of a hedgehog squeek toy. :lol2: ) She lived to be 10 & never had 1 problem with her teeth. She liked 2 liter soda bottles (the goal was to get the ring that was attached to the cap off) & was done with them within a min or 2. She also had those big cow bones. That dog wore grooves into it & never hurt her teeth.
 

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We give Cecil and Brandy beef marrow bones about once a week. Great for the teeth and high in calcium; however, recently the marrow has caused Brandy to have poo issues so now I just punch the marrow out. I cook them 25 minutes. They usually also have some nice meat on them. The vet thinks the correct bones are good for them.
 

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I'm confused. Someone posted that raw bones were to be given, not cooked because they splinter. Is it just chicken bones that splinter, or both? Enlighten me here.

Way too cute px of puppy with huge bone!!!!
 

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I have heard about dogs wearing their teeth down, so I also limit the amount of heavy bones that Gage gets.

Thelma Lou, cooking is definitely bad for poultry bones. You'll get a different answer depending on who you ask about other types of bones. Some people only give them raw, others say they must be cooked first. Then, of course there are other people who think it's dangerous for a dog to eat any type of bone, cooked or raw.
 

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Maggie will be due for her one year vet check in a few months so I guess I will see how her teeth are at that point and decide from there how often to give her bones.
 

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T Lou, it's easy:

1- Chicken/turkey/birds bones: Splinters when cooked. Fine to give raw

2- Game bones: as above

3- Pork bones: Will splinter raw or cooked. Never to be given

4- Beef bones: no problem raw or cooked
 

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That explanation helps. I was getting confused also about what is OK and not OK. Thank you.
 
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