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    Adverse reaction to eating raw bones.

    Can dogs have an adverse reaction to eating raw bones and. if so, what causes it?

    The reason I ask is this, my terrier can and will eat anything fur, feather, scales, bone, meat and he is fine in fact he loves it.

    My BMH is a very fussy eater, she loves raw chicken bones and shows no ill effect however whenever she is fed deer or lamb bones she is violently sick repeatedly for the rest of the day. Shmeat and offal no problem raw.e can however eat

    The obvious answer is not to feed her raw bones which I will cease to do however I wonder what causes this reaction in her?

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    [QUOTE=david1976;418956]Can dogs have an adverse reaction to eating raw bones and. if so, what causes it?

    The reason I ask is this, my terrier can and will eat anything fur, feather, scales, bone, meat and he is fine in fact he loves it.

    My BMH is a very fussy eater, she loves raw chicken bones.

    My belief has always been, and backed up by every book,vets advice etc is that any Chicken bones, raw or not is a huge NO NO in that they may splinter and pierce the gut,I believe the same goes for any cooked bones but the pet shops are full of massive cooked bones although I only feed raw beef marrow bones myself. My dogs love them and take hours licking out the last drop of marrow.
    Regards Willowbank

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    My dogs eat raw roe bones and love them no sign of sickness.

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    'My belief has always been, and backed up by every book,vets advice etc is that any Chicken bones, raw or not is a huge NO NO in that they may splinter and pierce the gut'

    It may be your belief but its wrong. Nothing wrong with feeding uncooked bones to a dog other than a chance of an upset tum due to bacterial contamination (which they withstand to a far greater extent than we can). Cooked bones are the no-no.
    Some dogs need gentle introduction to a dietary change to cope with the change in gut flora. David, try small qty's of 'red' bones initially to get your dog used to coping with them. After a week or so of daily small feeds she should be able to cope with lager qty's.
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    Cheers, what do you mean by red bones?

    Just to clarify neither dog ever gets cooked bones only raw ones.

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    I'm guessing that the bone is splintering and causing a mild gastritis, just by being irritant. If she can eat venison or lamb meat or offal, then it won't be an intolerance/"allergy". Most chicken these days have quite soft bones so perhaps less of a problem.

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    Careful with deer bones and deer fat. Lost a dog to pancreatitis due to the richness of deer fat. May be fat if you are feeding from a carcass. Jim

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    I think Limulus hit the nail on the head David,you need to start them off on small amounts of any new diet change,mine have been brought up on all sorts of bones and all raw right from 8 wks old and they regularly have chicken carcases or wings etc. their favourite however is a good old Deer head...........




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    Quote Originally Posted by limulus View Post
    'My belief has always been, and backed up by every book,vets advice etc is that any Chicken bones, raw or not is a huge NO NO in that they may splinter and pierce the gut'

    It may be your belief but its wrong. Nothing wrong with feeding uncooked bones to a dog other than a chance of an upset tum due to bacterial contamination (which they withstand to a far greater extent than we can). Cooked bones are the no-no.
    Some dogs need gentle introduction to a dietary change to cope with the change in gut flora. David, try small qty's of 'red' bones initially to get your dog used to coping with them. After a week or so of daily small feeds she should be able to cope with lager qty's.
    I agree with what you say but if you read my post I said that cooked bones were a no no as well as chicken bones that may splinter and pierce the intestine, I feed raw marrow bones but also any other meaty bones I can lay hands on, dogs are carnivores and relish a raw meaty bone. Having tried many feeding regimes over the years there is nothing like a good meaty bone for firming up a stool, also dogs fed on bones suffer less from dental problems than those fed mushy canned goo....
    Rgds WB

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    Willowbank, you state in your original post quoted below that chicken bones, raw or not are a NO NO, Limulus quoted you the piece below and was, I believe, refering to your belief that raw chicken bones are a NO NO.

    You are incorrect as Limulus has stated, there is no problem with raw bones and I and many people I work my dogs with, feed them to our dogs who are all fit and healthy.

    Quote Originally Posted by willowbank View Post
    My belief has always been, and backed up by every book,vets advice etc is that any Chicken bones, raw or not is a huge NO NO in that they may splinter and pierce the gut,
    Regards Willowbank

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