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boiling bone marrow bones for my dog

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 12, 2012 at 8:26 PM

just got home from Kroger after buying bones with marrow to boil for my dog. House smells like cow urine - can i give to my dog after boiling for a couple of hours?

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 13, 2012
at 12:02 AM

Ben, I think you're getting a little hyperbolic here. Even vet websites recommend saving cooked bones and turning it into bone meal for your dog: http://www.vetinfo.com/bone-meal-for-dogs.html

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on August 12, 2012
at 11:52 PM

Do not listen to people on these boards regarding feeding your animals please! Dogs are not people. We need to boil down bones and get all the good stuff out of them. We do not eat the actual bones. Dogs however, if they are used to it, can eat raw bones. Cooked bones represent a real danger to dogs.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on August 12, 2012
at 11:51 PM

This is dangerous stuff. Never ever feed your animal cooked bones, period. Bones should be raw.

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on August 12, 2012
at 10:57 PM

Nope MathGirl72..Too many cracked teeth in the Raw/BARF world. Take a hammer to a cooked thigh bone, then do the same to raw and you'll see the difference. Stay away from weight bearing bones if you want your dog's teeth to last. (Although my dog's dentist DVM says WAY more cracked teeth are found in Schutzhund and dog sports than through diet.)

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 12, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Cooked poultry bones can be ok if they are turned into bone meal in your blender. (Mix with a little broth. Blend.) They will have no sharp points and no chance of splintering because they will be like soup. You have to cook them down for a long time first though to get them soft enough.

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on August 12, 2012
at 09:53 PM

No. Cooked leg bones of ruminants are fine. Cooked poultry bones are not.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 12, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Oh wait, maybe I'm misunderstanding, are you trying to give your dogs the bones or the broth?

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 12, 2012
at 08:52 PM

Why did you boil them first?

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 12, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Why would you boil them first?

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on August 12, 2012
at 09:24 PM

You should never feed your dog cooked bones. Cooked bones can splinter and shred their insides.

If you are going to feed bones, you must feed them raw. Google raw diet prey model or BARF diet.

(Raw) Turkey necks or (Raw) chicken backs are good to feed, and those parts clean dogs teeth well.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 12, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Cooked poultry bones can be ok if they are turned into bone meal in your blender. (Mix with a little broth. Blend.) They will have no sharp points and no chance of splintering because they will be like soup. You have to cook them down for a long time first though to get them soft enough.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on August 12, 2012
at 09:53 PM

No. Cooked leg bones of ruminants are fine. Cooked poultry bones are not.

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(4878)

on August 12, 2012
at 10:57 PM

Nope MathGirl72..Too many cracked teeth in the Raw/BARF world. Take a hammer to a cooked thigh bone, then do the same to raw and you'll see the difference. Stay away from weight bearing bones if you want your dog's teeth to last. (Although my dog's dentist DVM says WAY more cracked teeth are found in Schutzhund and dog sports than through diet.)

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 13, 2012
at 12:02 AM

Ben, I think you're getting a little hyperbolic here. Even vet websites recommend saving cooked bones and turning it into bone meal for your dog: http://www.vetinfo.com/bone-meal-for-dogs.html

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on August 12, 2012
at 11:51 PM

This is dangerous stuff. Never ever feed your animal cooked bones, period. Bones should be raw.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on August 12, 2012
at 11:50 PM

Do not feed your dog or cat cooked bones. Bones should always be raw. Meat can be fed cooked but bones should always be raw.

It is very dangerous to feed your animal cooked bones.

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on August 13, 2012
at 01:23 AM

My dog enjoys bone broth, but only if (1) it is plain, made with no onions or other veggies, and (2) if it isn't too fatty. I'm not sure why, but he tends to get loose stools if I don't skim off most of the fat. I tend to use mostly knuckle bones rather than marrow bones. I save the marrow for myself :). The extra chunks of tendon and connective tissue are great, though.

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41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 13, 2012
at 12:40 AM

I think we're all fighting the wrong point here. If you look at the tag on the post, I think the OP wants to give his/her dog BROTH, not bones!

OP, if this is the case, boiling them for a number of hours should be fine. Strain out the broth and you can add the boneless broth to their dog food. I do that for mine all the time. They love it. Just make sure you didn't add any onions to the broth. The broth should be made from bones only.

Also, marrow can be a little too rich for some dog's stomachs. I know when I started feeding my dogs raw bones it was recommended to me to build up to marrow bones. So I'd start off small just to ensure no stomach discomfort.

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on August 13, 2012
at 12:23 AM

Why boil the bones? Our dogs eat an all raw meat and bone and offal diet.

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