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I gave my dogs a few leftover bones from grilled ribs, thinking they'd chew on them for a few days. No. They ate them whole, right then and there. Is this safe / healthy?

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Well, they shouldn't be eating cooked ones. But they eat raw ones whole safely. So maybe the grilled bones are really that cooked after all. – user2607 Jul 6 '14 at 0:04
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In general, I would avoid giving cooked bones to a dog. Cooking makes the bones very brittle and much more likely to shard and cause injury. It's also because they're cooked that they crunched through them so quickly, they just won't stand up to any real pressure from the jaws of a dog.

If you want to give them bones, you might want to look around for a dog-friendly butcher who is experienced in saving bones for dogs. They would have nice big bones and then they'll get days of enjoyment as a result.

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Awesome advice, thanks. – user2477 Jul 6 '14 at 0:01
Raw bones are good for dogs, except for the weight-bearing bones of an ungulate. The leg bones of cows and other such animals will break your dog's teeth. Under supervision, you may let them lick out marrow. But trade out another bone before the gnawing begins on those rock-hard bones. – Basil Bourque Jul 6 '14 at 6:43

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